Pollen or cabin filters that cleanse the air we breathe inside the passenger compartment have been standard fitment in most European cars for at least six years. Yet how many car owners take positive action to protect themselves from pollution by having a worn out cabin filter replaced at the next service.

Cabin filters enhance comfort and driver concentration by preventing up to 99.5 per cent of outside air pollution such as dust, pollen, soot and tyre particles from reaching the car occupants, but as with most components they only have a finite life. Most manufacturers recommend they are replaced after 15,000 – 20,000 miles.

Although this requirement is included in the service schedules of new cars under warranty, Vauxhall believes that the importance is maintaining cabin filter efficiency is largely ignored for the sake of cost cutting when new car warranties expire after three years. Many owners may not even be aware that their car has a cabin filter.

For this reason the manufacturer is mounting a cabin filter and air conditioning service campaign through its nationwide network of dealers and MasterFit Centres to bring home the benefits of efficient filtration to owners of older cars.

A single-stage cabin or pollen filter on a small car like the Corsa can be replaced in under 15 minutes at any Vauxhall dealer service department or MasterFit Centre.

Cars with air conditioning or automatic climate control are equipped with a two-stage carbon cabin air filter, which provides added occupant protection from gaseous substances and prevents hydrocarbons from reaching the environment.

As both types of product are made to the same dimensions, owners of cars without air conditioning can also take advantage of this technology by upgrading their standard cabin filter to a carbon type, available at competitive prices from all Vauxhall dealers.

If owners of cars fitted with air conditioning systems experience unpleasant odours, Vauxhall’s Airco Clean treatment provides an effective solution to the problem, which is caused by condensation in the ventilation ducts mixing with air-borne pollutants to create a potential breeding ground for micro-organisms.

This treatment forms part of a comprehensive air conditioning service available from participating Vauxhall dealers. As well as cleansing the fresh air ducting to eliminate any build up of fungi and bacteria, Vauxhall-trained technicians carry out an 18 point service to ensure than the air conditioning is fully operational.

Disinfection of the air conditioning system is especially recommended after the long winter months, when overnight condensation is frequently found in cars parked in the open overnight.

Published : 17/04/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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