How Often Do I Change My Cabin Air Filter?

Hand removing cabin air filter


You should replace your cabin air filter once every 15,000 miles or so, but what does a cabin air filter do, and how much will a new one cost? Now that you know how often to change a cabin air filter, it’s time to dig a little deeper. Get the answers, explore the MINI maintenance schedule in detail, and schedule any services that you require today!

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

Did you know that the air that enters your cabin passes through an air filter on its way in? When you drive with the windows up, the cabin air filter works to keep dust, dirt, pollen, and other pollutants from affecting the air quality in your cabin. It also circulates the air within your cabin and cleans it as you drive. Like all air filters, your cabin air filter will eventually get clogged.

How Often to Change a Cabin Air Filter: Know the Signs

We’ll inspect your cabin air filter every time you come in for your regular service appointment. If it seems clogged, we’ll replace it during your appointment! However, if it’s been a while since your last appointment or you’ve been spent a lot of time driving through dusty, pollen-filled areas, you should be on the lookout for the following signs of an expired cabin air filter:

  • Reduced airflow through your vents
  • Unpleasant odors take longer to dissipate
  • Significant amounts of dust are settling on vehicle surfaces

How Much Does Changing a Cabin Air Filter Cost?

Cabin air filter replacement is relatively affordable, especially for those who take advantage of our service specials. In most cases–and including both parts and labor–replacing a cabin air filter costs less than $70. You can save by picking up a new cabin air filter from our parts department and taking care of the whole process at home.

Tips on How To Change a Cabin Air Filter

Changing a cabin air filter is an easy DIY car care task that just about any driver can tackle at home in Minnetonka or St Louis Park. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Reference your owner’s manual to determine the location of your cabin air filter. It’s often behind the glove box, under the hood, or beneath the dashboard.
  2. If it is under the dashboard, you’ll have to work harder to reach it, so it might be smarter to schedule service. If it’s in a location you’re able to reach, prepare for the job by grabbing a mask, gloves, and a plastic bag to store the expired filter.
  3. Remove the old filter, place it in your garbage bag, and pop the new filter into place!

Rely on Motorwerks MINI for Certified Service and Genuine Parts

We’re happy to provide useful service tips and tricks for our neighbors in the Minneapolis area–but we’re equally happy to take care of any issues you have in-house! Contact us today to make an appointment or inquire about current pricing.

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*All work is carried out by MINI trained Technicians using MINI Original Parts, which come with a two-year unlimited mileage limited warranty. Warranty repairs do not constitute an extension of the original limited warranty period for the vehicle or part thereof. Expires end of month.

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