Is Your Engine Gasping For Air?

22 03 2012

Dale BertramWe have filters to protect us and expensive devices from harmful debris.  Think for a moment about the furnace filter in your house.  If you don’t change it or clean it every so often it gets clogged and can’t do its job well.

Our cars also have filters and one such filter is called an air filter that basically captures all the dirt, dust and debris that would damage our vehicle’s engines.  These engines are intricate and need a precise ratio of air to fuel in order to operate at peak efficiency.

Many consumers are confused on how often this filter needs to be replaced.  Much like your home furnace filter it depends. We can’t really give you the scenario of how many miles they can drive before having the air filter changed.  Some manufacturers recommend you have them changed every 60,000 miles and others say you need to change them every 6,000 miles.

Like most components of our cars it depends on how and where you drive.  If you drive in a construction zone every day you will need to have your filter replaced more often than other drivers.  We like to take a look each time our customers come in for an oil change.  It is just part of our inspection. It is easy to check and makes a huge difference to your engine’s performance.

It was once believed that the cleaner the air filter, the better your fuel economy but just recently that changed to the better your acceleration.  The more important consideration is this: if the air filter is so full of grime your engine is basically gasping for air you can shorten its life.  Any time you are harming your engine you are asking for trouble and expensive repairs or replacement.

Debris acts in an abrasive manner to the engine bearings, piston rings and cylinders.  When that filter gets full of crud, it is time to replace it.  The good news is having the air filter replaced is very inexpensive.

Keep your car healthy and have the air filter checked each time you get your oil changed.  It really does make a huge difference.

Happy Motoring,

 

 

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