You don’t have to be a mechanic to have a basic idea of what an air filter is. Its name hints at what it does, but let’s take a closer look at this important part of your vehicle.
What is an air filter? What does it actually do?
What is it?
In order to achieve maximum performance, an air filter is an essential component of your car engine. It keeps all of those undesirable contaminants and particles out of the combustion chambers.
What does it do?
Your vehicle sucks air into the engine to be able to combust and create movement. The air passes through the vehicle’s air box where the air filter sits. The air then goes through the filter’s pleated material.
This filtration keeps the engine clean and running smoothly. Unfortunately, when the filter get clogged up, proper air flow is unable to enter the engine and the performance decreases.
Get this: A clean air filter can increase your acceleration up to 11%!
Should I replace it?
So, if you don’t know whether your filter needs to be replaced or not, ask a certified mechanic. However, there are ways you can know it is time. Pay attention to these signs and symptoms: a decrease in acceleration, a rough engine start, or a check engine light, all of which are signs that you should take your vehicle in for a check-up.
It is typically recommended that you replace your air filter every 15,000-30,000 miles. But, if you drive on a lot of dirt roads, you’ll probably want to replace it on the more frequent side.
If a clogged filter isn’t replaced when it should be, you’re engine will have to work that much harder and its lifespan will decrease. Sometimes filters can get so clogged that they finally tear, letting in contaminants into the engine itself, causing irreparable damage.
Who should replace it?
Here at Plains Tire, you can be confident that you are receiving the best care possible. We have years of experience, and our professional staff will treat you in an honest and friendly manner. For all of your vehicle maintenance needs, come on in to your nearest Plains Tire!