What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About DIY Car Maintenance: Cabin Air Filter

All car owners are going to need a car mechanic at some point during the time they own their vehicle, but did you know there are several car maintenance items you can handle at home? It’s important everyone know how to perform a couple basic maintenance tasks and that’s why we have decided to dedicate an entire series to DIY car maintenance.

Today we’re tackling the cabin air filter, which will not require any additional tools. An air filter inside the cabin should be replaced every 15,000 miles or annually, whichever happens to come first. Regularly changing the air filter not only cleans the air inside of the vehicle, but can help combat seasonal allergies, which just might mean one less Zyrtec or Claritin for a few of you. After a quick trip to the auto part store to buy a new air filter or the mailman has delivered your Amazon Prime Now package, it’s time to get started.

  1. Open the hood
  2. Locate the black rectangular box and remove the metal clasps
  3. Remove the air filter, but note how it fits into the casing prior to its removal
  4. Insert your brand new air filter in the same direction as the old one

After you have completed step 4, you’re done! It’s that easy! The entire project should roughly cost between $10 and $15 as well as 10 to 15 minutes of your time. If you need additional help, there are several great video resources, this one from Walmart is one of our favorites.

If you have an issue that requires a professional and you need help selecting a mechanic, make sure to read, “How to Select the Car Mechanic of Your Dreams for help. Do you have your own DIY car maintenance tips or want us to write about a specific topic? Tell us in our comments section or online at Facebook and Twitter.