I have recently received a genuine Ford cabin air filter (or pollen filter) from one of our readers. The cabin air filter prevents dust particles from reaching the part of the air-conditioning system that cools the air (the evaporator). The filter is replaced every 20,000 km or as necessary. While non-Ford filters are also available, they may not offer the same amount of usable surface area (that’s why they are so cheap, they use less material). I am glad someone thought of sending me this, I do not need to buy one for the next scheduled maintenance of our EcoSport.
To keep the cabin air filter free from molds (which in turn will cause foul smell to develop), always give time for the filter to reach ambient temperature before switching off the engine. You can do this by simply switching the air conditioner to fan mode only, for at least 5 to 10 minutes before switching off the engine. Occasionally, you may blow heated air through the filter or even use a disinfectant (we will make a separate tutorial for this in the future). Remember that the air you breathe inside the cabin passes through this filter, so it is important to replace it regularly.
To learn how to install or replace the cabin air filter (pollen filter) of an EcoSport, head directly to Replacing the Cabin Filter.
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