How to Check your Car Air Filters
Air Filter is an important component of any car. To make your car breathing a little easier checking or replacing these filters is a must. The car engine needs clean air to work properly. So the job of a car air filter is as the name indicates to filter the air that goes in the engine, from things like dust and other particles.
A dirty or bad air filter can reduce your engine’s life and gas mileage. It’s good to regularly check your air filter about every 6 months, or if you live in a dusty environment, every 3 months.
When you should change the Air Filter
With regular maintenance, most manufacturers recommend changing the air filter for every 10,000 to 20,000 miles, to avoid any engine problem. The idea here is to change the air filter before it’s too late. A dirty air filter can impact performance and fuel economy, foul spark plugs, and cause misfires. Efficiency is usually unaffected.
How to check?
Checking the car Air filter is fairly easy in most cars. Jus by visually checking your air filter you’ll know if it is good. A new air filter is usually white, off-white, or yellow and it can be a little dirty. Check your owner’s manual for the location of the air filter, you’ll find the removal procedure too.
How to know if you should replace the air filter
You should replace your air filter in the following conditions:
- The air filter is too dirty, you can barely see the pleats
- You note oil contamination, which means that there is too much blow-by in your engine.
- If the air filter wasn’t installed properly, it probably hasn’t protected your engine all that time.
If you found the air filter and removed it properly, you can see that is not hard to put e a new one in the same place. Buy a new air filter and put it back in properly. When closing the airbox make sure the air filter is properly seated. Then just reconnect anything you had adjusted before starting the car.
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