Engine Air Filter vs. Cabin Air Filter

Mechanic holding up an Engine Air Filter

Keeping up to date with your scheduled maintenance is the best way to ensure that your GMC continues to deliver smooth and efficient performance on North Myrtle Beach-area roads. While most drivers are aware that their vehicles need routine oil changes and tire rotations, it is also important to regularly replace your car air filters. How many air filters does a car have? A car, truck, or SUV will typically have two air filters: an engine air filter and a cabin air filter. Learn more about car air filters in this cabin air filter vs. engine air filter guide from the experts in the Bell And Bell GMC service center. If you are due to have your car air filters replaced, schedule an appointment with us in Little River today!



What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

What’s the difference between a cabin air filter vs. an engine air filter? A cabin air filter works to keep dirt, dust, pollen, and other contaminants from getting inside the cabin through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. A cabin air filter will get dirty and clogged over time, which will negatively affect the air quality inside your vehicle. Some signs that you need a new cabin air filter include:

  • Reduced air flow when climate control systems are on
  • Unpleasant odors lingering in the cabin
  • An increase in dust settling on vehicle surfaces

It is recommended that you replace your cabin air filter every 15,000 miles, but you should check your owner’s manual to find the service intervals for your specific GMC model.

What Does an Engine Air Filter Do?

What’s the difference between an engine air filter vs. a cabin air filter? The job of an engine air filter is to keep dirt, dust, sand, and other particulate matter from getting inside the engine. A dirty or clogged engine air filter will impair your vehicle’s performance and reduce its fuel efficiency on the roads in and around Myrtle Beach. Here are a few of the warning signs that indicate your engine air filter should be replaced:

  • Misfiring spark plugs
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Service Engine light comes on
  • Black smoke from the exhaust

The engine air filter replacement schedule varies depending on the make and model of your vehicle. However, most automakers recommend that you replace your engine air filter every 30,000 to 45,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will have specifics.

Get Professional Auto Service and Repair at Bell And Bell GMC

How many air filters does a car have? Your GMC will come equipped with a cabin air filter and an engine air filter, and both should be routinely inspected and replaced as needed. If you have further questions about engine air filters vs. cabin air filters, feel free to contact our service team. You’ll find genuine OEM GMC cabin and engine air filters in our parts center, and you can rely on our skilled technicians to replace your car air filters and get you safely back on Conway-area roads in a timely manner. Just make sure to check out the savings offered in our current service and parts specials.

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$58.00 for front wheel and $99.00 for 4 wheel alignment. Check and adjust caster, camber and set toe. Check tire pressure and wear. Check all steering and suspension. Additional parts and labor may be required on some vehicles.

*Some models may be slightly higher. Ask your service advisor for details.



Our lifetime Nitrogen tire inflation package includes 4 tires plus spare {if equipped}. If you ever have the need to refill your tire with air, come see us and we will refill the tire with Nitrogen for as long as you own your vehicle. Nitrogen is known to have many benefits such as better tire wear, better fuel economy and better ride and handling. It is widely used in commercial aircraft and Nascar.

*Some models may be slightl higher. See your service advisor for details.


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