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Service Check: Car air filters can hoard dirt, harmful ash from Thomas Fire

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Not only should the public be focusing on their lung health amid the poor air conditions from the Thomas Fire, but auto technicians say their vehicles need to be checked as well. 

Ash from summer and winter wildfires is still lingering in many air filters, and we saw that when we took in a KSBY car to be serviced. Technicians pulled out a dirty, ashy, old cabin filter that can definitely affect anyone riding inside. (Watch below for proof, or click on this link.)

"Get this (air filter) checked right away, this is important," said Randy Tate, Rizzoli's Automotive. "We've all been wearing those masks to breath better because a lot of ash in the air, and we can't breathe that stuff. Well, all that is getting collected inside here (under the hood); whether you can see it or not, it's being collected in there as you are driving the vehicle. You are breathing that stuff inside that car so it's very important to get it checked and replaced."

Cabin air filter replacements can vary between $30 and $80, depending on the car and the auto company. 

Many residents nearby during the inspection were surprised at how much came out in their air filter.

"It's got a lot of ash in there, obviously a lot of junk in there that none of us should be breathing in there for sure," said Steve Lebard, an Orcutt resident. 

"It makes me want to go check my air filter," said Luke Nichols of Nipomo.  

If residents still need to clean the ask off their windshield and wipers, technicians suggest using a damp cloth or an alcohol pad. They say the rule of thumb is replacing windshield wipers once a month. 

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