Do I Need to Change the Cabin Air Filter in My Car?

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Subject: Cabinet Filter

Lol. I am reading this and laughing, the same thing just happened to me too. I drive a 2014 Kia Optima. They want to rotate my tires again and I just did that about 3 months a go, they came out with a dirty filter and said that need to be replaced. I usually would but with no job at this time I can't. So I said it's fine I'll change it next time I'm in. The problem is if you can't trust you're dealer that you bought the car from who do you trust?

D C Jayaratne

Subject: cabin air filter

Can somebody please let me know whether the cabin air filter has an anti-bacterial coating. I have a Toyota Vios.
Thank you.


Subject: Labor Nissan Altima

36 is cheap for my car. The glove box has 9 screws to remove and pulling it out and reinstalling is easy. Removing the filter and putting in a new one is pain because the space is so narrow. I pushed it in too far and now it's offset and not covering flush. I am waiting for a right angle plier from Amazon to help me pull it out. On the other hand it takes only one minute to change it in our Lexus GS.


Subject: Easier Method

There is no need to remove the glove box to replace your particular cabin air filter. The access panel on the side of the center console is removable with or without the glove box being in place. When installing the filter, squeeze the middle part of the filter to "bend" the edges without folding or creasing the sides that give the filter it's shape and support. Push the bottom of the filter in first and then the top. Make sure the top edge is inside the hole before pushing the filter in or it will never align properly. Push the filter in until the outer part of the filter needs to be bent in toward the hole. Push the top in first and then the bottom. The filter should spring back to original shape unless the filter was creased or folded during the installation process. A little technical on the explanation, but it should take about 3 minutes to remove and install one properly. HINT: Lay on your back and look up at the filter housing when installing.


Subject: Cabin air filter

Thank you for this information. I drive a 2008 Lexus GS350 which has a little over 83k miles on it and my service person at Lexus recommended the cabin filter be changed. I said fine, but really didn't know what I had agreed to. Total cost was $90.


Subject: Shop tried to replace at around 4K

So, the shop where I bought my car did a 15K service that included changing air cabin filter. I took it in less thank 4K miles later for LOF, and at which time they were notified they didn't rotate my tired or check fluid levels like that were supposed to at 15K service (but charged me for it), and they come out with a dirty air cabin filter (leaves in it, dirty, etc.) and say I need it replaced. What??!! That was supposedly done less than 4K miles, I haven't been driving under abnormal conditions, 5 miles to/from work, it isn't fall, and my car is otherwise garaged. What are your thoughts? When would a person need it changed AGAIN at less than 4K miles. It is a 2014 Hyandai Sonata. Thanks!


Subject: Cabin Filter Replacement

I think you need another service center Annette. The filter should be clean as it only covered under 4K miles. How do you know that the filter that they showed you was yours? Did you see them remove it? Sadly their are a lot of service centers that are unscrupulous. I would have told them to blow the leaves off and put it back in again.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.