A clean engine air filter is important to the optimal performance of your car. Making sure your air filter is in good shape and free of dirt and debris will result in better gas mileage, better acceleration, lower emissions, longer engine life and overall top engine performance.
For each gallon of gas burned by the car engine, up to 10,000 gallons of clean air are needed for combustion. As the filter becomes more clogged with dirt, its capacity to feed air to the engine is reduced. This issue can create several problems for your car such as a decrease in gas mileage and dirty spark plugs resulting in ignition problems and rough engine idling.
Most automotive professionals recommend changing your engine air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles, but you can always consult your car owner’s manual for your specific vehicle. If your daily drive includes frequent stop-and-go conditions or dirty roads, you may need to replace your air filter more frequently. Even if your air filter isn’t due to be changed, it’s a good idea to check it periodically for any debris like leaves or grass that just need to be brushed off.
The investment to maintain a clean engine air filter is nominal for the value it brings in engine performance. Cost for parts and labor to replace an engine air filter can range between $25-$50 depending on the make and model of your car. Make a quick call to our auto repair shop and we can help you with any questions about your air filter.
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