Your car takes in air and passes it into the engine through the air filter. This air filter takes out the dust, leaves, and other debris before it is passed into the engine. It’s important for the air filter to not be dirty or clogged, because it could cause problems for your engine. When your air filter is dirty, it forces your engine to work harder, resulting in poor fuel economy, higher emissions, and possibly a loss of engine power.
Types of air filters
Air filter – Prevents debris, dirt, and other contaminants from entering your engine.
Cabin filter – prevents dust, pollen, dirt, and other pollutants from entering your car through your A/C and heat vents
Fuel Filter – Keeps dirt, debris, and contaminants from clogging your fuel lines and causing irregular fuel performance and reduced fuel economy
When to get your car filter replaced?
It’s most recommended to replace your filter every 12 months, or every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual to give you a specific mileage for your vehicle. Your air filter’s lifespan can also be affected by driving conditions and climate. Depending on these things, you might need to change your air filter more often.
When your Engine Air Filter is dirty, it leads to reduced engine power, weaker acceleration, and increased engine wear.
Check your Cabin Air Filter when you notice the air is weaker flowing through your vents. You may also notice there is a difference in air quality in the cabin when you’re on the road. This may be the result of unwanted, unfiltered air entering the cabin.
Replace your Fuel Filter when you start noticing reduced MPGs, or you hear your engine sputtering. Avoid these situations by replacing your fuel filter regularly. Delaying replacing your filters for too long could result in the engine being completely clogged with debris, cutting off fuel from the engine and making it stop.
Call Trustworthy Auto today to schedule to have your filters checked.