Air filters are one of the most overlooked components to regularly check and change in a car’s engine, but they play a vital role in maintaining your car’s overall performance. The job of keeping dirt and other unwanted material out of the engine falls to the humble engine air filter. The filter prevents small particles from entering the engine and causing potentially expensive damage.
The other benefits of Air Filters includes:
- Fuel Efficiency
- Better Performance
- Prolong Engine Life
- Reduced Emissions
- Inexpensive and easy to change
Note: Vehicles driven in rural or dusty areas may need an air filter replacement more often. Alternatively, a filter that is more suited to particularly dusty areas can be purchased.
You would equally need a new air filter for your car every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
You can also verify if your car engine needs an air filter replacement with the following signs,
- Air Filter’s appearance
- Black smoke from the exhaust
- Irregular Engine Noise
- Poor fuel economy
It is always recommended that you check the air filter whenever an oil change or service is being carried out.
You can pay a mechanic and give up your car for a day, or you can replace your air filter at home in about ten minutes.
Here are the quick steps to take when changing your air filter.
- First, find your filter under the hood of your car. It’s in a black rectangular box with metal clips on the side. Check your owner’s manual if you don’t see it as soon as you pop the hood.
- Open up the casing, and check out how the air filter fits inside it. Make a note of which way the filter faces.
- Remove the old air filter, and insert the new one exactly how the old one sat.
- Remember to close the metal clips when you’re done.
That’s it. For extra savings in the long run, you can extend the life of your new air filter by hitting it with some compressed air to clear out any debris.
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