Car Maintenance Guide - Your Car Air Filter
Posted on 6th June 2022 at 08:35
A car air filter is often overlooked, but is instrumental in your car running optimally. If you are unfamiliar with the inner workings of your vehicle, you may not know an awful lot about this feature. Moreover, you may not know when it needs to be replaced and how often you should look to do so. Today we are taking an in depth look at the car air filter: explaining what their role is and offering a guide to car air filter replacement.
What Is a Car Air Filter?
Your vehicle’s air filter is an important feature that works to keep the airflow to your engine debris free. All vehicle’s rely on a mixture of fuel and air to both achieve optimum performance and function on a basic level. Simply put, your car air filter removes dirt and debris from the intake air before it reaches the engine. This benefits you for the following reasons:
Prolongs Lifespan/ Performance
Any dirt or debris that reaches your engine can cause havoc. Without a functioning air filter, you are inviting engine complications and subsequently a significant repair bill.
Increases Fuel Efficiency
If your air filter is dirty or damaged, the amount of air that can reach your engine is limited. This means your engine has to work harder to perform, which uses significantly more fuel. Your engine needs oxygen as much as fuel, so it is highly important not to restrict this process.
As you will read above, a poorly functioning air filter will impact your vehicle’s air-fuel balance. In turn, your car’s exhaust emissions are affected. The inclusion of a quality, functioning air filter in your vehicle can help to reduce your emissions and thus benefits the environment.
When Should I Change My Car Air Filter?
Now we know the importance of your vehicle’s air filter, you may be curious about car air filter replacement. Truthfully, some mechanics will take a different stance on how often you should replace the filters. Of course if you suspect they are damaged, it goes without saying: They should be changed immediately. As a general rule though, you should look to have them replaced every year. Some mechanics, however, may say to have them changed every 12,000 - 15,000 miles.
Car Air Filter Replacement by Barrett Lee
If you are curious about your car air filter, we encourage you to reach out. Whilst it is sometimes slightly unclear when they should be changed, with some saying every year whilst others saying every 12,000-15,000 miles, an experienced mechanic can help. We have ample experience both fitting and repairing air filters, and would be happy to advise you on the best course of action. Contact us today on 01787 540 110 to get started.
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