Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters

Modern vehicles are built with two air filters -- engine air filter and cabin air filter. Even though these filters have similar designs and construction, they each perform distinctly separate tasks. The team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair is here to help you understand how your cabin air filters and engine air filters function and why these components essential for both your health and your vehicle’s health. 

Your vehicle has a complex intake system that pulls in the air for your engine’s internal combustion process. Your engine air filter is responsible for filtering out any dust and debris from your engine. This process ensures only clean air reaches your engine. When you bring your vehicle to our shop, we will look at your engine air filter for any signs of excessive dirt, grime, or debris. If needed, we will suggest a replacement. Without a pristine engine air filter, your vehicle’s overall performance might be diminished, as debris and dirt can obstruct combustion. 

Your cabin air filter and engine air filter may be constructed similarly. Still, the similarities end there -- your cabin air filter is located at the mouth of your heater and filters any air before it reaches the cabin of your vehicle. A cabin air filter prevents any dust, soot, pollen, or other debris from entering the interior of your vehicle. When you get inside your vehicle, you want to breathe fresh, clean air, especially since spring is officially here. Spring is notorious for the number of allergens in the air -- your cabin air filter must be working correctly to ensure these particles don’t enter your vehicle. 

Both your engine and cabin air filters will need to be replaced on a regular schedule. If you bring your vehicle to A+ Japanese Auto Repair, we can develop a maintenance schedule specific to your make and mileage. We don’t want your cabin and engine air filters affecting your health or your vehicle’s performance.Schedule an appointment today or 650-946-1856 at A+ Japanese Auto Repair today, and our team will get your vehicle ready for Spring. We are conveniently located at 780 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA 94070.

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