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I hit the road with my youngest child last week for his first college tour. The whole trip could not have been more perfect, unless the rest of the family had been able to be there with us. The weather was beautiful and we were even able to take some side trips to Gulf Shores, Biloxi and New Orleans.
We caught up with my daughter, who goes to the college we toured, making the whole trip even more memorable. It was so cool that she got to show her brother around her school, giving him some insider information to go along with the university tour that we took.
It seems like just the other day that she was a passenger in our cars instead of driving around on her own and giving her little brother tips as a graduating college senior. How time flies!! Back then, my husband and I gave all the awesome tips…but now, she’s grown up too! Well, I still have a few new tips and tricks up my sleeve, like this awesome thing I learned that improves our daily car rides as well as road trips.
Cabin Air Filters … It’s a Real Thing
Did you know that there’s a thing in your car called a cabin air filter? I didn’t know about it until very recently. My ears really perked up when I heard that it could help reduce dust, dirt and allergens from entering my vehicle. YAY to that, because we live in the South, which means that our cars turn yellow with pollen quite often. Since my entire family suffers from allergies, I like to do anything I can to reduce that kind of trouble.
I bought a FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter from Walmart and was able to easily replace my old, dirty, lame one with this one! This is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda, which I’ve found works great in a ton of things. Cabin air filters clean the air you breathe inside your car. That’s so important because contaminants that enter your vehicle with outside air can become concentrated, exposing passengers to higher levels of dust, dirt and allergens than outside the car. Ummm…yuck. Let’s avoid that.
Installing a FRAM Cabin Air Filter is Easy
Like me, a lot of people don’t even know that a cabin filter exists, let alone that it needs to be changed annually or every 12,000 miles. (Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.) The nice thing is that you can do it yourself! Even nicer? FRAMFreshBreeze.com provides installation guides, in video and written instructions, in their part lookup. They also provide a texting feature which allows your search results (installation videos and part number) to be sent to your phone.
You’ll be surprised how quickly you can change your cabin air filter! For my Dodge Durango, I opened the passenger side door and the glove box. Then removed the dampener cord from the right hand side of the glove box. Then you just push in on each side of the glove box one side at a time until the glove box stops are disengaged. Once the stops are disengaged you can allow the glove box to swing down towards the floor and out of the way. Carefully pull the glove box shelf from the instrument panel by carefully pulling it to you to disengage the 4 retainers.
Remove the cabin filter cover by disengaging the tab on the left and using a screwdriver to disengage the tab on the top in the middle. Remove the cover by opening it on its right side hinge and sliding the cover out from the hinge on the right side until it fully disengages.
Remove the dirty filter by pulling it straight out. Replace it with a new FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter.
Re-install the cabin filter cover by engaging the hinge on the right side and closing it and locking the tabs on top and left hand
Reinstall the glove box shelf. Swing the glove box back into position and reinstall the dampener cord. Re-engage the glove box stops and close the glove box.
All done! Take that pollen…and other yuck! FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter that filters up to 98%* of dust, dirt and allergens from entering your vehicle. *Road dust and pollen particles ranging in size from 5-100 microns.
Get Road Trip Ready with these tips!
Besides those tips, my meteorologist daughter would say to keep a weather eye! Make sure you stay up to date with changing weather and traffic problems. One of my other favorites, if you have time, fit in quick stops or side trips to see important or interesting places. You never know when you’ll have another chance.
Don’t forget to get your FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filters at Walmart! That’s a great place to stock up on things for the road!