We’ve all been in for an oil change and told that our engine air filter’s dirty. Here’s what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your owner’s manual will have a recommendation of when to change the filter. Second, a visual inspection may determine that your filter it is visibly dirty and needs to be changed.
So, between your owner’s manual and your technician’s inspection there’s really no guesswork involved.
Now, most air filters don’t cost a lot to replace. It’s just that we hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, changing a dirty air filter can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change.
Think about a dirty furnace filter. When it’s all clogged up, enough clean air can’t get through. In your car, that means that your engine can’t get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So, it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around.
Your vehicle needs about 12,000 gallons of air for every gallon of gas it burns. Engine air filters don’t cost much. When it’s time to change yours, just get it done. You’ll save money, have better performance and protect your engine.
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