Springtime! Why You Should Change Your Air Filter Now?

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Spring is a great time to clean out your house - and your car. There are many aspects of car maintenance that should be considered when the spring season begins. While the major checks like alignment, tires, battery, and oil are probably the first that comes to mind, there's another maintenance task that deserves attention, too. That is changing the air filter, which helps regulate and purify the air that flows into your car's cabin and the engine. The air filter is a small component. It filters out particles that otherwise get into the vehicle's interior or its fuel system. While dusty air in your car's cabin can require more frequent cleanings and make it difficult to breathe, having dirty air in the engine can impair its performance.

When Should an Air Filter be Changed?

The air filter should be changed about every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. However, the best schedule for your car is outlined in your owner's manual. It's important to note that the type of engine in your car and its age determine how often the air filter should be cleaned or replaced. Environmental factors like driving on dusty roads or living in a hot, dry climate necessitate more frequent cleanings, too. It also makes sense to have the air filter checked, if it hasn't been inspected for a while, at the start of the spring season when more particles are likely to be in the air. This is especially true if you suffer from seasonal allergies when the last thing you want to have is pollen pouring through your air vents!

The Benefits of a Clean Air Filter

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The air filter in your car serves two main purposes, which are to filter air in the engine and in the cabin. It might not seem like a big deal, but keeping the filter clean is important to the proper functioning of your car. In the cabin, the filter normally traps particles so that only clean air gets in. However, if the filter gets clogged, it cannot keep dirty air from reaching the cabin. The dust and dirt can then accumulate in the air conditioning and heating units. So when you roll the windows up and turn them on, you're in for a dusty, unpleasant surprise.

In addition to the cabin, the air filter regulates air flow to the engine. It performs an identical function, which is to remove contaminants from the fuel system. If the air filter gets blocked, it cannot keep dirty air out of the engine. This creates a choke-hold for the engine and reduces its efficiency. A laboring engine is something you want to avoid, as it can wear out sooner than anticipated. Furthermore, a strained engine makes other components wear out more quickly, too. At the very least, this results in a reduced fuel economy. If the engine and its components wear out, you'll need to have them replaced, too. Along with shortening the lifespan of your car's components, these problems can affect the health and longevity of your car.

When it comes to springtime car maintenance, be sure to add the air filter to the list of components that need a good inspection. You may need to simply clean out the air filter in the spring, which can save hundreds of dollars on car maintenance and repairs! You can look at the air filter on your own, but if it looks dirty or if you think it needs to be changed, don't hesitate to give us a call or make an appointment online.

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