When to Replace Your Car’s Engine Air Filter

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When to Replace Your Car’s Engine Air Filter 

Because they’re out of sight, it’s easy for many vehicle owners to overlook the importance of an engine air filter. This internal component plays an important role in protecting your vehicle’s engine and keeping it in working order. Wondering if it’s time to go in for an air filter replacement? Continue reading to learn more about engine air filter replacement service. 

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What Do Engine Air Filters Do? 

Engine air filters, much like cabin air filters and fuel filters, have the important job of keeping outside contaminants and debris from getting inside your vehicle and causing internal damage. An engine requires air to run, and the engine air filter ensures the airflow going into the powertrain is clean. Without the filter, dirt and other unwanted materials would flow into the engine compartment and degrade its components.

Can A Dirty Engine Air Filter Damage My Engine?

Unfortunately, engine air filters do not last forever. Like any filter, as it traps contaminants, it will grow dirty and clogged over time. This results in worse filtration, which can have a serious impact on the efficiency and performance of your engine. In severe cases, it can eventually result in engine damage. 

Fortunately, there are many warning signs that make it easy to identify a dirty or clogged engine air filter. If your vehicle is experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be a sign that your engine air filter is in need of a replacement: 

  • An Active Check Engine Light
  • Reduced Fuel Efficiency
  • Reduced Performance
  • Black Smoke From The Exhaust
  • Unusual Engine Noises and Misfiring

How Often Should I Replace My Car’s Engine Air Filter? 

Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid the problems caused by a dirty engine air filter by taking it in for a regular replacement. While it may vary depending on the make and model of your car, automotive experts typically recommend stopping in for an engine air filter replacement every 19,000 to 24,000 kilometres, which is about a year of typical vehicle usage. 

Drivers should be able to find more details regarding engine air filter replacement and other types of automotive service in the owner’s manual of their vehicle. Most manuals outline a routine maintenance schedule with suggested timelines for vehicle filter replacement. 

Vehicle owners in the Keswick, ON area can trust the team at S&B Keswick Motors Limited to handle all their automotive service needs. The technicians who work in our service centre are expertly trained to handle all sorts of maintenance, including filter replacement. Interested in stopping in? Book an appointment right here online.