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We’re heading to Florida in less than two weeks now, which means it’s time to start getting everything ready to go. We drive from Toronto to Kissimmee every year, and after doing it for a while now with the kids, I thought I would share how we do it all this year. The first thing I do is get the car ready, and in an effort to save a bit of money, I decided to tackle replacing both the cabin and engine the air filters in our Dodge Grand Caravan myself. Usually we just pay to have this done when we get the oil changed.
Never again will I pay though because, spoiler: this turned out to be a super easy 15 minute job. Amazing! Usually, you should change both of these filters yearly (I have a feeling our cabin one hadn’t been changed for a while though), but make sure to follow the recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual in case it suggests something different.
The first thing you need to do is take a trip to the store (I hit up Canadian Tire because I love their selection!) and grab some FRAM air filters. The orange boxes on the left are the FRAM Engine Air Filters, and the green ones on the right are the FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filters. If your cabin air filters get blocked (and I’ll show you just want that looks like in a second), it means that the air coming into your vehicle is restricted. It also means that the heating, defrosting, and air conditioning may not be working so well. There’s no way I’m heading to Florida without top notch air conditioning (I’m not a fan of the heat).
First up, I’m changing the cabin air filter.