Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - March 2011


The spring ladies car care clinic season is fast approaching and I’m excited to get back out there. I have so much fun interacting with all of you ladies! If there are other things you would like to see integrated into my clinics please feel free to send me an email. I’m always looking for ways to make my clinics better. Just don’t ask me how to change a tire. I personally believe it is the most dangerous thing you can do on the side of the road. Many people suffer from object fixation and this is how people get killed. Having some kind of road side assistance program is the best bet. Let someone else do it for you.

Most of my spring ladies car care clinics have been booked! Check out to see if there is one in your area. There is also a video on the site which shows what a car care clinic is like. Check it out!



This month's topic: Cabin Air Filter

What does the cabin air filter do, where is it located and do I have one?

Not all vehicles have a cabin air filter, however they’ve been around since the early 1990’s. Your vehicle’s cabin air filter is similar to your homes hepa filter (air purifier)

The job of the cabin air filter is to filter the air that you breathe inside your vehicle. Studies have shown that the number of contaminants inside your vehicle may be six times greater than in the surrounding air outside. There are two types of cabin air filters. One will filter the air only, which can reduce pollen, mold spores and dust down to the 3-10 micron level. If you have an activated charcoal filter, it will filter odours and common exhaust gases as well as the dust and pollen, thus making your vehicle more inhabitable and healthy. What you will sometimes see is that the base model of a vehicle won’t have a cabin air filter but if you move up to the next trim level it will. When you are having your cabin air filter replaced there are often two options: a particle filter or an activated charcoal filter.

Your cabin air filter can be located in one of three spots: Under your hood (on the passenger side); under the dash (passenger side) or inside your glove box. Some can be relatively easy to replace but others require some disassembly to take place. So it may not be something you want to mess with. The general guideline for replacement is 20-24,000, basically once a year for most people.

Many people aren’t aware they even have a cabin air filter so sometimes it doesn’t get changed for an extended period of time. If this filter is getting clogged up, what you will notice is that your car will smell when you turn the defroster on or the fan won’t blow very strong on your windshield when you turn it on. If the filter is located in an easily accessible location many shops will check it as part of their inspection when doing an oil change. If the cabin air filter is in a difficult location you may have to request it be changed. So be sure to keep track of when you last had it changed or ask your automotive service provider to look it up in their system.

Don’t be surprised if you find out your vehicle has a filter even though it’s not supposed to or vice versa. I don’t have an answer as to why this happens but many shops tell me this is what they see.


Take care of your car and it will take care of you!






If you suffer from allergies having a cabin air filter in your vehicle can take the allergens out of air so you won’t breathe them while you are driving. You should change your cabin air filter before the pollen season (spring or fall).


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