Most car owners are familiar with the engine air filter, which helps regulate the air quality that surrounds the engine. There is another important type of air filter present in most late-model vehicles, and this would be your cabin air filter.
Located behind the glove compartment, the cabin air filter helps keep pollutants out of your car’s HVAC system. Dust, pollen, and other unwanted debris are removed, which ensures that the air that you and your passengers are breathing is the cleanest possible. This is especially important for those with allergies.
Depending on the year of your Kia Soul, the time frame for changing the cabin air filter can vary. Typically, the recommendation is between 12-15,000 miles, but factors like where and how often you drive can have an impact on the condition of the filter.
A few warning signs that you may need to change the filter include reduced air flow through your car’s ventilation system or continuous bad odors. Checking the filter at least once a year, regardless of the miles you drive, is a proactive step you can take.
When it’s time to replace the cabin air filter, these are the steps to take:
- Locate the cabin air filter by opening the glove box and pulling down on the ceiling inside. This should expose the cabin air filter housing, which you can remove by holding your index fingers on the top tab, pinching the bottom tab up with your thumb.
- Remove the old filter from the housing by pulling straight out and clean out any remaining debris inside the housing.
- Insert your new air filter into the housing. Ensure the airflow indicator is pointing down.
- Hook the tabs at the top of the air filter cover back to the top of the housing and secure the bottom clips.
- Reinstall the ceiling panel of the glove box by pushing upward, clipping into place.
You’ve successfully installed a new cabin air filter. Make this a part of your regular maintenance routine to ensure clean air in your car’s cabin.