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Most Toyota experts and manufacturers recommend that drivers change the cabin air filter every 15,000 miles. Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for specific model service intervals, as well as the Toyota service center at Elgin Toyota for recommendations based on driving habits, conditions, and the climate in the Schaumburg and Streamwood areas. Get all of the details about cabin air filters with the team at Elgin Toyota.

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

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The cabin air filters clean the air that goes through the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems. It keeps out pollen, dust, dirt, and other contaminants from getting inside the cabin. Keep in mind, over time, the cabin air filter will get clogged, affecting the car's interior air quality.

How Do I Know When to Change a Cabin Air Filter?

Do you:

  • A lot of driving in a big city with poor air quality?
  • Drive in an area with a lot of construction?
  • Live near a desert and drive on dirt roads?
  • Do a lot of off-roading?

If you answered yes to any of these, the experts recommend that your cabin air filter gets changed more frequently. Not sure how often you should change the cabin air filters? Below are just a few things to be on the lookout for while driving around the Chicagoland and Schaumburg areas:

  1. Reduced airflow when climate control systems are on
  2. Lingering unpleasant odors
  3. Increasing dust settling on vehicle surfaces

Tips on How To Change a Cabin Air Filter

  1. First, use your owner's manual to determine where the filter is located. This will determine how difficult or easy it is to replace the cabin air filter.
  2. Often the cabin air filter is behind the glove box or under the hood, which should be fairly accessible, but in some models, it's under the dashboard, which is more difficult to reach.
  3. Protect yourself by wearing gloves and a mask, in case removing the dirty air filter gets messy.
  4. Place the old filter in a garbage bag, and replace it with a genuine OEM part to ensure quality, durability, and fit, and to maintain the Toyota warranty.

How Much Does Changing a Cabin Air Filter Cost?

This will vary based on your vehicle, however, a cabin air filter replacement could run anywhere between $30 and $70. If you go to an authorized service center like Elgin Toyota, and your car is still under the warranty, some of the costs may be covered. You can also order parts online for your Toyota Tacoma, learn about the Toyota 30,000 service list, or check our rotating parts specials and service specials for added savings.