With cold weather setting into the region people are beginning to break out the winter coats, gloves, and scarfs. This is also true for the small critters who will soon be looking for ways to escape the harsh elements. During a courtesy inspection last week, we noticed one customer’s Cabin Air Filter had been converted into one rodent’s hideout, courtesy of a few belongings picked out from the glove box. Roadmaps, registration cards, and even tissues are fair game when it comes to building materials. The little critter likely made his way into the car through its inlet vent and navigated up the channels before getting cozy on top of the Cabin Air Filter. Fortunately, our technician caught this early on before the unwanted guest could create more problems for the customer and their vehicle.
But let’s back up a second. Is this the only reason we check our vehicle’s filters – to make sure no furry friends have turned them into bachelor pads? Not quite, but it’s a habit of checking our filters that keep smaller problems from turning into larger ones. The filters in your car have an important role of keeping you and your car protected from air borne particles. So, below we will differentiate between the two types of air filters found in modern vehicles. (more…)