Assess Your Own Air Filter Before One is Pushed on You

How Do You Know it’s Time for a New Air Filter?

air filter with wrench in itBefore a mechanic tries to get you to change your air filter, the Honest Car Dealer has some tips on how you can recognize when it’s actually time to replace your vehicle’s air filter. It’s important to have a clean air filter because it is responsible for removing dirt, dust, and debris that can clog up your engine. A clogged, dirty air filter can result in decreased gas mileage, poor acceleration, higher vehicle emissions, and damage to the engine. Your owner’s manual will list specific guidelines for your vehicle, but if you don’t live in a very dusty or sandy region of the country, you’ll likely change your filter every 12,000-20,000 miles, or about once a year. While most service and repair shops check your filter as part of your vehicle’s regular maintenance, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to check and replace the air filter.

How to Check the Air Filter

In order to check your air filter to determine if it needs to be replaced, you first need to find it. Your vehicle’s air filter is located near the top driver’s side of the engine. Newer model vehicles have in a rectangular shaped filter, while older cars with carburetors usually have a circular shaped air filter on top of the engine that fastens with a wing nut. Now that you’ve found it, you have to take the filter out to examine it. Simply detach and lift the lid, unscrew the wing nut or any other clamps or screws on your air filter, and lift the entire filter out. If you need to get a new filter, make sure you get one that works in your specific vehicle make and model. Ask your auto mechanic or dealership for recommendations of quality brand filters that are both efficient and cost effective.

The Honest Car Dealer is Here to Help!

Whenever you have any questions related to buying, selling, or maintaining the performance of your vehicle, the Honest Car Dealer is here for you. We’ll answer any questions you have so you can make an informed decision, and save time and money in the process. Make sure you aren’t taken for a ride when you need to replace your vehicle’s air filter or any other parts. Ask the Honest Car Dealer first!

August 30, 2012 by Jamie Rettig