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One of the things I most enjoy doing is leaving the busy city behind and heading to a waterfront park. I love venturing out to enjoy natural surroundings and going on a journey for fresh air.
Part of the fun of going out to waterfront parks is the journey of getting there in my dear little car. I recently learnt a disturbing fact: did you know that the air inside your vehicle can be up to 6x dirtier than the air outside? Yeah! Turns out the drive getting to where I could breathe in fresh air was spent breathing in dirt, dust, and allergens.
Okay, so now that you and I know these facts, what can we do about the quality of air inside our vehicles? Looks like we need to replace our engine air filters and also our cabin air filters! I had no idea cabin air filters existed, nor the fact that they need to be replaced (according to FRAM’s recommendation)annually or every 24,000km. FRAM recommends changing your air filter and cabin air filter at the same time, since both are subjected to the same air quality and driving conditions. Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.
FRAM has products specifically designed to work with particular vehicle models, so you’ll need to make sure you’re getting the correct products. I went to my local Canadian Tire store and asked someone at the automotive counter for assistance. She said the filters are sometimes located with FRAM’s engine filters, but they’re most often found behind the counter, which is where she found them for me.
I told her my car’s make and model and she looked up the part numbers for the filters I needed, which you can see below:
If you’re like me, you may not know how or feel comfortable changing cabin air filters. I wanted to show you how easy it can be, so I put together a quick and easy tutorial to show you how I installed a FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter in my Subaru Outback. The instructions for installation are included in every box, which may also help you feel more confident.
The installation only took me about 15 minutes to complete. I needed a phillip’s head screwdriver and also a flathead screwdriver for the installation.
FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter installation
Step 1: Sit on your passenger’s side seat and open the glove box.
Step 2: Push on the insides of the glovebox so that the glovebox swings down.
Step 3: Remove the screws that hold the glovebox in place. There are usually one on each side and up to three screws on the top.
Step 4: Remove old filter and replace with FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter.
Step 5: Finally, put screws and glovebox back in place. You’re done!
When you’re as into road-tripping and getting away from busy areas of the city to enjoy the quietness of being surrounded by nature as I am, you want to make sure that the journey is as pleasant as the destination.
Engine air filters and cabin air filters are the engine’s first line of defence. A clean air filter is important, since it improves airflow and prevents dirt and dust from entering and damaging the engine. After you’ve finished installing the cabin air filter, you may want to install an engine air filter at the same time. Typically, engine air filters only take about 5 minutes to install.
Now that I’ve finished installing the FRAM air filters, I’m off to continue my journey for fresh air, by going to one of my favourite waterfront parks for a picnic. 🙂 Remember that the air inside your vehicle is 6x dirtier than the air outside, so if you’re going for a drive to spend time at a park or go on a road-trip, you’ll want to make sure to change your air filters beforehand.
Check out other tips for changing out your filters here.