Car Maintenance Tips: How Can I Change My Cabin Air Filter?

Stale air begone! It’s easy to change certain cabin air filters.

You may smell an unpleasant odor in your vehicle. Or perhaps your vents aren’t pumping out air as strongly as in the past. Or maybe you’ve noticed that it’s been more than 15,000 miles since your last filter change. In any of these cases you may suddenly find yourself wondering, “How can I change my cabin air filter?” If yours is located behind the glove box, just follow these simple steps.

1. Check your owner’s manual to find out what type of air filter you need and its location. If it’s not behind the glove box, you’ll likely need to take your vehicle to a service center to have the filter replaced. If it is behind the glove box, read on.

2. Buy the right filter. Motorcraft® cabin air filters were designed specifically for Ford and Lincoln vehicles. They remove microscopic particles such as pollen, dust and mold spores as small as three microns (which is less than a tenth of the size of a human hair).

3. Access the cabin air filter. This may require removing the glove box—consult your owner’s manual.

4. Pop out the old filter by depressing the inner plastic tabs.

5. Insert the new filter, following the directions on the packaging.

6. Throw away the old filter.

7. Repeat after 15,000 miles—less if you have pollen allergies or live in a dusty or polluted area.

A clean air filter means better airflow, fewer impurities and a healthier environment for you and your passengers, so it’s important to replace the filter on schedule. If you want to save some time, take your vehicle to your Ford Dealer Service Center, which can replace your cabin air filter for you.

For more car maintenance tips, watch this video on Motorcraft® filters or read Changing Your Cabin Air Filter.

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