Spotting and Fixing Toyota Prius Cabin Air Filter Issues
Your Toyota Prius cabin air filter directly affects your driving experience. Sure, it may not affect your engine's driving capabilities, nor does it affect your car's fuel efficiency, but the cabin air filter is important nonetheless. This modern car feature, filters the air that comes out of the vents inside the vehicle. Without them, you'll be subjected to allergens such as dust particles, pollens and pollutants. This will ruin your travelling experience, and make a 30-minute drive in the city seem like an eternity in hell. Here are some cabin air filter issues, which you can take as signs, to either buy a replacement or open your windows.
With a clogged the cabin air filter, the air flow is reduced and makes the air conditioner in efficient. This will result to hot temperature inside the vehicle. Depending on the weather outside, this can mean a minor discomfort, or your car turning into a sweat box. When the air inside the car is too hot, the a/c will not be able to cool down the entire vehicle and will make the passengers at the back suffer.
When the cabin air filter is bad, you will notice that the smog outside gets inside your vehicle. This is because the air is not being filtered anymore. This means that pollutants, allergens and dust can now freely get inside your car. You have no option but to open the windows of your vehicle and drive a bit faster so that you don't end up choking in smoke.
Weaker engine performance
With a bad cabin air filter, the engine's power will try to compensate and focus its power on the a/c functionality leaving the rest of the vehicle's function to suffer. This will result to the engine burning more fuel faster yet with a reduced horsepower.
Dirty cabin air filter
Cabin air filters are made of paper or cotton. It's been said that a month old filter is more effective than a brand new one since early dust settlements serves as a second layer of filter. However, an extremely dirty cabin air filter will clog the air flow, and result in a stuffy and dusty car interior. So it is best to know how to tell the difference. If you smell something funky then it may mean that your cabin air filters have mold and mildew already. This means more serious problems to the lungs like hay fever and infections.