Pretend you’re a mechanic

If you have a car that was made after 2000, you probably have a “cabin air filter” that needs to be changed at some point (Usually every 12,000 or 15,000 miles). The filter cleans the air coming into your car when you use the ventilation/heating/cooling system. It removes dust, pollens and other particles so that you don’t have to inhale them.

My car dealer’s service department charges $60+ to change the filter for me. Thanks to some wonderful people on YouTube, I’m now a master at changing my cabin air filter for about $16 and in less than 60 seconds.  Really! It takes me less than one minute.

The first time I changed it, it took me about 5 minutes. I was a little nervous about breaking something. But it was so easy and now I know exactly what I’m doing.  I buy the replacement filter for around $16 at the dealer or a local auto parts store.

You can totally do it, too! First check your owner’s manual to see if you even have a cabin air filter to change.  Then go to YouTube and type in the year, make, and model of your car and the words “cabin air filter” (Example: 2005 Acura TSX cabin air filter). I almost guarantee there are several videos that will walk you through changing the filter. If your exact model isn’t on there, pick a similar model from the same maker and year.  Watch a few of the videos and when you’re comfortable, give it a try!

You can find how-to videos for anything you can possibly dream of on YouTube. As far as my car maintenance skills go, the cabin air filter and light bulb replacement are pretty much the extent of my expertise. But, it saves me enough to make it worth my minute.