How Often Should You Change The Pollen Filter?

How often should you change the pollen filter?

A pollen filter or cabin air filter keeps the air that flows into the cabin clean. What it does is filter out any pollen or dirt that flows into the car. This is not only great to keep the air clean for any passengers inside the car, but it will also keep the system clean. By keeping the pollen filter clean you can help improve the performance of your ventilation or air conditioning system.

How Often Should You Change The Pollen Filter?

The pollen filter is a part that would regularly need to be replaced. The more you drive the car, the dirtier it will get. That’s why it should really be replaced at regular intervals. Your car’s service schedule will give advise as to when it needs replacing. How often it is needed as such does really depend on the type of car you have and how much you drive and where. After all driving in traffic or in heavily polluted areas will mean that the pollen filter needs replacing more often. As it will be more affected by grime and dust.

How Can You Tell If The Pollen Filter Needs Replacing?

Checking the condition of the pollen filter can be left to the mechanic for your next service. But if the air  ventilation system is not performing very well it’s possible that it’s dirty. Over time lots of dust, grime, twigs, leaves and even insects can accumulate across the service of the pollen filter. Often you may be able to remove some of the bits and pieces that have nestled itself in the filter. At some stage, though, it will require a pollen filter replacement. Make sure to follow advice provided by your mechanic or your service manual.

About Kurt Schleier

Resident classic car enthusiast and blogger at Clickmechanic.

Comments

  1. EAMONN DEVINE says:

    THANKS FOR THAT LITTLE BIT OF VERY USEFUL INFORMATION. I HAVE BEEN DRIVING NOW FOR ALMOST 42 yrs AND TO BE TRUTHFUL I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF A POLLEN FILTER, NOR HAVE HEARD ANY MECHANIC SPEAK ABOUT ONE. THATS WHY I LOVE YOUR ARTICLES ON MOTORING.

    • Kurt Schleier says:

      Hi Eamonn, it’s really great to hear that you find the articles helpful! An extra encouragement for us to continue with the articles we do.

    • Jason Rayner says:

      I have a Rover 75 2.5 connoisseur nearly 14yrs old not sure if it’s ever been changed.

  2. I have a Peugeot 307 and the catalytic converter warning light continually comes on and off with lots of juddering of the engine and loss of power….the next day it will automatically right it self.

    Is this due to needing a new pollen filter please????

    • Kurt Schleier says:

      Hi Michelle, thanks for your message. Honest answer is that it is very hard to establish whether the symptoms you describe are due to the pollen filter. We would in these instances advise to get an inspection first so that a mechanic can look into this in more detail. We have a diagnostic inspection available for these kind of situations.

  3. George bell says:

    Have a p38 rangerover starting problem change plugs and relay at garage still the same over six months

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