An air filter prevents harmful debris, dirt and contaminants from entering the engine, and ensures a good mixture of air and fuel to support performance. Just as humans need oxygen to breathe, a car needs oxygen for the combustion process. Over time, the air filter can become dirty and clogged. Once a filter is no longer performing its intended function, it can result in decreased performance and even engine damage. That is why changing the air filter is so important.
What are the Common Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?
When a filter is old and full of dust and dirt, you will notice a decline in your vehicle’s operation. If you see a drop in fuel economy, decrease in power and performance, or notice the air conditioning and heating system just does not appear to be working as well, it may be time to replace it.
How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?
You should always consult your vehicle owner's manual, as maintenance schedules for various makes of vehicles differ. It is a general recommendation that you should change your air filter every 20,000 km or once a year. However, if you are driving mostly on city streets or dusty roads, it is a good idea to change the air filter in your car more often, or at least inspect it regularly. Air filters are not that expensive, so replacing them frequently should not break the bank.
How Long Does it Take to Replace the Filters on my Vehicle?
Most filters can be replaced quickly, if they are in an easy-to-reach place. This is one of the car maintenance tasks that you can easily do yourself. However, more of the present-day vehicle manufacturers are placing filters in trickier locations. Hard to reach filters ultimately require extra service time when they need replacement.
Do not want to or cannot carry out the vehicle air filter replacement yourself? Here, at Right Way Auto Repair, we will be happy to replace it for you and make sure your car is breathing well and running smoothly for years to come.