Breathe In, Breathe Out

Many decades ago, people started to become more aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. As WORCESTER drivers, MA air quality affects us wherever we go. But what about the air inside your vehicle?

On most new vehicles, since the 2000 model year, cabin air filters have now become standard. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment.

Cabin air filters can filter particles down to three microns, which can clean out dust, pollen and most pollutants. For those suffering with allergies, this is beyond great news.

You can look in your owner’s manual to see if you have a cabin air filter. If you do, there’ll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you’re living in an area with a heavy presence of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often. You can also ask your AutoPro Import Repair service adviser.

The level of difficulty to change your cabin air filter depends on the vehicle you have. Some are easy to access while others may take some time to get to. They’re usually located in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.

Because cabin air filters are so new, some WORCESTER drivers have never heard of them - even people whose vehicles have them. AutoPro Import Repair service advisers report customers complaining of an unpleasant odor in their vehicle and it turned out to be a dirty cabin air filter.

An important note to MA hybrid owners: there is a special air filter that cleans the air that cools the hybrid battery pack. To prevent the battery pack from overheating make sure this filter is inspected every time the cabin air filter is in inspected.

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