Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - September 2015

 

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Fall has arrived, the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing to beautiful colours and the little critters such as mice are looking for warmer spots to be. What does this mean to you? Well, it means they are looking to places such as your car to make a home in or to store their food in. One lady at one of my car care clinics told me her whole car under the hood was full of acorns and my boyfriend found his exhaust pipe on his motorcycle full of corn. I on the other hand, had my cabin air filter made as a mouse nest. I still have my old filter so that I can show it at my car care clinics. Your cabin air filter is what you will read about further down.

In the meantime, enjoy the Thanksgiving long weekend and be safe!

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The history of Thanksgiving in Canada can be traced back to the 1578 voyage of Martin Frobisher from England in search of the Northwest Passage.

This month's topic: Cabin air filters and what they do for you?

Cabin air filters have been around since 1979 and Saab was the first vehicle manufacturer to install them in their vehicles. The cabin air filter, filters the air that you breath inside the your vehicle and it filters down to approximately 2 microns. This means that it takes mold spores and pollen out of the air. This is a good thing! However, do you know if you have one or not? Many people don’t know if they have a cabin air filter and it often doesn’t get changed. This is why communication is important with where you are having your vehicle serviced.

The cabin air filter is located usually on the passenger side of your vehicle. It can sometimes be located in your glove box, below the dash or under the hood. This filter should be changed once a year and it is suggested if you suffer from allergies that you should change it before your high allergy season. If your cabin air filter is clogged you may notice that the defroster doesn’t blow very strong onto your windshield or you may notice a smell inside your car, which is what I noticed but didn’t make the connection. If you’ve had a problem with mice in your car in the past you might want to put dryer sheets in your glove box or Irish springs soap has been said to work.

If your vehicle doesn’t come with a cabin air filter you can’t retrofit your vehicle, but sometimes your local Active Green and Ross shop may find the cabin air filter box to be empty and in this case they should be able to put a new filter back in.

As I mentioned above, if you aren’t sure if you have a cabin air filter when you take your vehicle in for service be sure to ask your service advisor to look it up!

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