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  • Fresh Air Inside Your Car in Brooklyn Park

    Jan 7, 2018

    Air quality has certainly become a hot issue in our modern world. We install air filters on our ventilation systems and in our vacuum cleaners. There's a filter that cleans the air going into our vehicle's engine — so why not one for the air in the passenger compartment?

    Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers haven't been ignoring the issue. Cabin air filters are becoming a standard feature on newer vehicles. These filters can clean particles out of the air down to three microns, which accounts for pollen, dust and most pollutants. Brooklyn Park residents who suffer from allergies or have a respiratory disorder should be a lot more comfortable. And even if you don't have a medical need for the filter, the cleaner air in your car just might help you breathe better, figuratively as well as literally.

    Cabin air filters are still fairly new in the Brooklyn Park area, so you'll have to check your vehicle owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, your routine car care will have to include changing the filter as part of your preventive maintenance. The owner's manual will give recommendations on how often the filter has to be changed, but if the air where you live in MN is particularly dirty or if you're prone to hay fever, you may want to change it more often.

    Your friendly service advisor at Affordable Transmissions can also offer suggestions on how often to change your cabin air filter in your Brooklyn Park area. They're the ones who actually see the dirty filters, after all.

    There is no standardized location for cabin air filters. Brooklyn Park residents can usually find them in the vehicle engine compartment or under the dashboard, but they might be somewhere else. So the ease of changing the filter will depend on its location. Some are readily accessible, but others make you wonder how they got installed in the first place. Bring your car into Affordable Transmissions and we will locate your cabin air filter for you.

    However, if you have a newer vehicle, it's good auto advice to find out if it has a cabin air filter. If it does, you should change the filter regularly. A sure sign that a filter needs to be changed is that the interior of your vehicle will start to smell bad. That smell is exactly how some Brooklyn Park drivers discovered that they had cabin air filters in the first place!

    Cabin air filters are just one more way we have to stay safe, stay healthy and stay on the road in MN.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169

    Keeping Your Brooklyn Park Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

    Sep 12, 2017

    Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter?

    A. A filter for your Brooklyn Park house?
    B. A fresh, piney scent?
    C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?

    Clever you, it's C.

    A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common MN air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.

    These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

    Not all Brooklyn Park vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in MN. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in Brooklyn Park come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.

    Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in Brooklyn Park. Your vehicle can be a haven during our MN allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, the cabin air filter eventually gets clogged. When this happens, your heating and air conditioning flow can become restricted. The filter can even get kind of smelly.

    Check your owner's manual for replacement guidelines. If your vehicle owner's manual doesn't mention your cabin air filter, ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Affordable Transmissions for a recommendation. It's usually every year or 12,000 miles /19,000 kilometers. Change it sooner if you drive in dusty conditions around the Brooklyn Park area, or if you start to notice a funky smell coming from your vents.

    The team at Affordable Transmissions urges Brooklyn Park drivers to keep their cabin air filter cleans. It may not help with your brother-in-law in the backseat, but it will make your driving experience around Brooklyn Park more enjoyable.

    Come by and we'll take a look at your cabin air filter for you.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169


    Brooklyn Park Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

    Jul 10, 2017

    Let's talk about air quality in Brooklyn Park. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, Brooklyn Park drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?

    Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in Brooklyn Park. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area of MN where there's a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often.

    You can also ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park. How hard is it to change an air filter on a car? It depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing to get to them. They're usually in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.

    Because cabin air filters are so new on the scene, some people haven't heard of them – even those who have cabin air filters in their vehicle. Affordable Transmissions service advisors have discovered that many Brooklyn Park customers who complained about an unpleasant odor in their vehicle simply had a dirty cabin air filter. 

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169

    Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

    Jan 15, 2017

    Bad air quality while you're driving around Brooklyn Park is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.

    These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

    So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).

    The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have Affordable Transmissions take care of replacing them.

    As we said, many people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and go to their shop complaining about a funky smell in the ventilation system. It turned out to be a cabin air filter that was long overdue for replacement – really dirty and starting to smell. A quick replacement and they were on their way and smelling fine.

    Brooklyn Park residents who are allergy sensitive can really benefit from a cabin air filter, as it keeps allergens to a minimum. If you're one of them, you'll want to stay on top of your filter replacement schedule.

    Of course if you do a lot of driving around the Brooklyn Park area in dusty or polluted conditions, you'll need to change your cabin air filter more often.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169