How Often Should I Change My Air Filter

The air filter in your car is very imporant to your engine's performance. The air filter stops airborne debris from getting sucked into your car's engine. A clean air filter will cause your engine to run smoothly and effeciently. Your car's engine combines air and gasoline in the combustion chamber to create power. Over time your air filter can become clogged and dirty, not allowing the proper amount of air to reach the engine and therefore decreasing the overall performance of your engine. 

Most auto companies recommend that you change your oil filter every 10,000 to 15,000 miles or every 12 months. However if you typically drive in rural or dusty areas or areas with heavy traffic you may need to have your oil filter changed more frequently. Look out for these signs that your air filter may need replacing:

Reduced Fuel Economy

Your car will compensate for lower amounts of oxygen by consuming more fuel to produce sufficient power. So if you notice your fuel economy going down it could be an indication that your air filter needs replacing

Engine Misfiring

Restricted air supply from a dirty air filter results in unused fuel exiting the engine in the form of soot residue. This soot accumulates on the spark plug, which in turn cannot produce the necessary spark needed to combust the fuel-air mixture

Unusual Engine Sonds

If you notice your car vibrating excessively or har a popping sound, it is often due to a damaged spark plug resulting from a clogged air filter

Smell of Gasoline when Starting the Engine 

It's important to make sure your air filter is in good shape to keep your engine running smoothly, so if you notice any of these signs have a mechanic check to make sure your air filter is in good shape. Remember to have your air filter replaced at least once a year. 

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