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The cabin air filter (also known as the pollen filter, AC filter, dust filter, hvac filter and hepa filter) in your 2012 Volkswagen Passat cleans the air that you and your passengers breath inside of your car. You need to change it at least once a year or every 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. In addition to improving the air quality of your Passat, replacing your cabin air filter will put less strain on your heating and air conditioning system and can increase your gas mileage. These filters are fairly inexpensive, so check out our parts page for great deals on a new one (tip: buy several, when you go to check the cabin air filter on your Passat, you can easily swap it for a new one if it is dirty).
Not all Volkswagens have a cabin air filter and for some models, the inclusion of a cabin air filter depends on what trim level you have (S). If your Passat smells bad when you turn on the heater or air conditioner, or it seems like the fan doesn't blow air as well as it used to, replacing your cabin air filter is a likely the best fix! The video above shows you where the cabin air filter in your 2012 Passat is located and how to check it.
Did you know that heat is worse for your battery than cold? Replace it every 4 years2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
Leaking coolant is usually a sign that your water pump needs to be replaced. This video shows you how to quickly plug it2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
Power steering fluid is easy to check and many people (mechanics included) often forget about - learn how here2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
If you have an electrical component that doesn't work, try replacing the fuse first2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
If your battery has green or white cruddy deposits, it is probably not getting enough juice from and will likely wear out sooner2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
If your brake fluid is a little low, learn how to add some here. Ignoring a low level leads to big problems2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)