Your engine air filter plays a significant role in supporting engine performance by acting as a barrier between the air intake system and important engine components. Every day, the air filter blocks out the nasty dirt, bugs, leaves, dust, and other contaminants that could harm your car parts. Over time, you can expect it to get very dirty and require replacing.
Below are some of the adverse effects of running with a clogged engine air filter:
- A drop in miles per gallon (MPG)
- Loss in acceleration power
- Rough idling
- Lit check engine light
- Unusual scents
- Loud engine sounds
- Engine misfires
- Dark exhaust smoke
If you notice your vehicle showing these warning symptoms, it may help to check on your engine air filter. Mechanics typically suggest checking on it every 6,000 miles or oil change. Moreover, it would be best if you usually replaced it every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. If you operate your car, SUV, or truck in more dusty conditions or frequently partake in stop-and-go traffic, you may need to change it out more regularly.
How to Check the Air Filter
If you don't want to take the car to an auto repair shop to check the air filter, you can do it yourself at home. Please follow the steps below:
- Open the hood
- Find the air filter, which is usually in a plastic box that has a hose running out of it
- Unfastened the metal clips on the sides of the box and open it
- Remove the air filter and examine its condition. If debris is falling out or the filter looks faded, it's best to swap it out for a new one.
- Close the hood once you're done.
If you need assistance with your filter changes, please do not hesitate to bring your car to inMOTION Auto Care today.