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Over time our car’s Air Filter gets gunked up with dust, dirt, and bugs. Remembering to change it is easily overlooked, but driving around with a dirty air filter won’t allow sufficient air to reach the engine, which then can cause a multitude of issues. Here is a quick breakdown:
Changing the air filter:
- Improves gas mileage.
- Creates fewer emissions.
- Improves acceleration.
- Reduces clogged spark plugs.
Some recommend the air filter be changed every 12,000 – 15,000 miles, while others say 15,000 – 30,000. Check with your mechanic for their recommendation. Keep in mind that if you live in a dusty or sandy area, you’ll really want to stay on top of your air filter changes.
Changing the air filter is not generally difficult or expensive, but it is different for every car so take it in to your mechanic for regular maintenance.
Your usual mechanic can check your air filter at your next oil change. New filters are white or off white, and dirt will easily appear on it. Prices vary so be careful that you don’t get scammed with unnecessary or overly frequent changes. And if you’re feeling uneasy, stick around, and watch them as the change the filter so you can see it for yourself.
Yes, your car’s air filter is out of sight and out of mind, but it’s an important part of taking care of vehicles. Try to gauge about how long it takes you to drive between changes and then set a reminder to replace your air filters.
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