How often should you change your engine air filter?
That’s the filter that cleans the air before it’s burned in your engine. Many people in Kitchener wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is ‘when it’s dirty’. That’s a function of how much air has passed through the filter, so your manufacturer will recommend a distance interval for replacing the air filter. But you can imagine that how dirty the air is would affect how quickly the filter gets filled.
If you drive where there’s lots of dust, pollution or pollen, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner. That’s why we check the it with every full-service oil change at Techline Motors. We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed.
Your filter can only hold so much dirt. Once the filter is full, dirt will pass through to the engine. This dirt gums up the combustion chamber and hurts fuel economy and may cause damage. It can also contaminate the Mass Air Flow Sensor which will affect drivability and can be fairly expensive to replace.
A dirty air filter would also restrict the amount of air that gets to the engine which hurts fuel economy. We can replace it with one that matches the factory specifications or you can upgrade your filter for enhanced performance.
What are the effects of a bad dirty engine filter?
Your vehicle engine really needs clean air to operate efficiently: it takes about forty-five thousand litres of air to burn four litres of fuel in your vehicle engine. And all Kitchener drivers know that clean air is much better than dirty.
When your air filter’s dirty, it simply can’t trap any more dirt, so the dirt just passes through into your air intake system. From there it can get into the vehicle engine combustion chamber. And burning dust and pollen in your vehicle engine does you no good.
The verdict: When your engine air filter needs to be replaced; it needs to be replaced. How often depends entirely on how dirty the air is where you drive. A simple visual inspection at Techline Motors will tell you when you need a new one.
When Kitchener drivers look at their air filter on the furnace in their home and see it’s all clogged up with dust and dirt, they don’t hesitate to replace it. But don’t wait until your air filter (furnace or automobile) is totally plugged, by that time you’ve been running inefficiently for a lot of kilometers. When your Techline Motors service advisor brings out your nasty engine air filter, you now know why you should go ahead and change it out.
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Kitchener, ON N2B 3E2
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