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Kia Sportage Cabin Air Filter

Kia Sportage Cabin Air Filter Troubleshooting Tips

The cabin air filter of your Kia Sportage is built not just for your vehicle's sake, but more importantly for yours. Its main function is to convert outside air into something that is breathable and safe for you and anyone else that is inside your car. If this part gets blocked or damaged, various health concerns might suddenly appear out of nowhere. In order to prevent this, you need some diagnostic expertise so that you could immediately fix it before it gets worse. Here are the common signs that your cabin air filter is failing as well as their causes:

Health issues when driving

One of the main symptoms of a clogged cabin air filter is actually not seen on the vehicle itself but on the people inside. If the part does not work properly, ventilation will not be as good as it is supposed to be. When this happens, your body, as well as your passengers', could be at great risk. If this continues, then the cabin air filter will not be able to do its function of trapping all of the harmful particles that pass through the air vents. If you are a healthy adult, then it is probably no big deal. However, people with certain allergies such as dust, as well as people with asthma, could be in danger. To them, breathing unhealthy air could have serious implications on their lives. Infants are also at the same, if not, greater, risk. They have weak immune systems and thus, extra caution must be made.

Foggy windshield

The other sign of a dirty cabin air filter, one that does not involve the lives of the passengers, is your windshield. When driving, remember to take notice whenever it is fogged up, especially when the environment is either not cold or is not usually conducive for fogging. This could mean that the interior of your vehicle is not getting the right amount of fresh air it needs. This is a huge sign that your cabin air filter needs replacement or cleaning. If not done as soon as possible, what could happen is your car vision might get suddenly too blurry, and a car accident might occur.

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  • Mastering Maintenance of the Kia Sportage Cabin Air Filter

    The Kia Sportage cabin air filter allows you to drive for long distances without having any breathing or other health problems. Debris and dirt will slowly clog the part out, so it is best to regularly inspect it and see if it needs fixing. To keep them consistenly working in top condition, here are some maintenance tips:


    Use those strong arms.


    The simplest way to maintain your cabin air filter's quality is by simply giving it a good shakearound. This method will easily remove deposits of dust, as well as any other sort of debris present. When doing this, however, you need to be wary of two things: One, do not shake it too hard, else you might rip it apart and or accidentally hit it on a surface and two, always remember to wear a dust mask and protective goggles. You do not want all that dirty air to get into your lungs and eyes, do you?


    Clean using tools.


    For a more mechanical method, you need to have two things: a vacuum and a filter cleaner. Use the vacuum to suck up all the clogs located within the filter itself. A word of warning, though: make sure that the pleats are not damaged in any way, shape, or form. If so, then your cabin air filter is pretty much useless and you know to replace it. To prevent this, the vacuum's attachement must be as narrow as possible. Another great tool is the filter cleaner. It is a spray that softens any clog that becomes to tough to remove. Be careful when using it though, as leaving the cleaner to dry for too long will cause irreperable damage to your cabin air filter as well. Around ten minutes should be enough before wiping it off.


    Give it a bath.


    Lastly, just like us, cabin air filters could also use a good shower. Make sure that the hose you are using has a low-pressure spray; else, you might blow a hole through the filter. Best way to do this is by turning it in such a way that the pleats are vertical, and let the water flow down.