August 15, 2022
By PH Staff
Everyone knows regular maintenance for your vehicle is important: oil changes; replacing air filters; tire rotation; tune-ups. But one thing a lot of folks forget about, or might not even know about, is the cabin air filter. Ensuring the cabin filter is clean can help to make your life a lot more comfortable in many ways.
The job of the cabin filter is to filter the air coming directly into your truck from the cabin intake, as well as the air circulating within the truck’s cab. That cabin filter is going to help filter as much as 98 percent of the pollen, dust and other allergens that can wreak havoc on you and your vehicle.
During hunting season, a hunting truck is the catch-all, and when you’re going hard all season, it’s hard to keep things clean. With your boots, gear, maybe a wet dog on the way back from duck hunting, the interior gets cluttered, and resulting odors can get pretty bad by the end of the season. A good cabin air filter, like the FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin filter, can help mitigate those bad smells when you are recirculating your air. This is largely in thanks to Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon embedded within the filter material itself.
A cabin air filter will also help to keep your equipment cleaner. Whatever you keep in your truck, expensive optics, guns, bows or other gear, can get dirty and dusty when it’s being hauled around during hunting season. A cabin filter helps to keep that dust from coming into your vehicle while your windows are rolled up.
FRAM recommends changing the cabin filter every 15,000 miles, or every other year. But for hunting trucks that spend much of the year off the pavement, traveling down dusty dirt roads, it may be worth checking the status of your cabin air filter more often. Changing the filter can be a little more challenging then say your oil or air filter, depending on where it’s located. On many trucks, the cabin filter sits inside or just behind the glove compartment. If you’re not sure where it is, reference your vehicle’s manual, which should list the location and provide tips on how and when to change the filter.
If you can’t find it, or it’s tough to access, it might be worth getting your local mechanic or dealership to switch it. Or if you take your vehicle in for an oil or air filter change anyway, talk to the folks at the garage or dealership and tell them: “Hey, can you check that cabin filter for me? And when you do check it, can you change it and put in a FRAM?” Just like all the other filters you’re putting on your vehicle, it pays dividends to use a good product.