Servicing Tips - Engine Air Filter
Oil Changers Engine Air Filter Replacement
When your experienced Oil Changers technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn't need a new air filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your technician's auto advice if they recommend to change your filter.
An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air that passes through it. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine needs air to burn fuel. If the filter wasn't there then a lot of dust and debris would come into the vehicle's engine with the air when you are driving around. That dust and debris would get hot, burn and produce all kinds of ash and gumminess that would eventually clog up your engine.
Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved.
But air filters themselves get clogged up with all the junk they clean out of the air. This doesn't allow the junk to enter a vehicle's engine, but it does block up the airflow. A blocked airflow will reduce engine efficiency.
Anyone who gets a charge out of the feeling of power from their engine might consider upgrading their air filter. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Oil Changers service advisor. Premium air filters have been proven to increase horsepower and torque. So with the cost of a premium air filter, you can increase the horsepower in your engine — there's no cheaper way to do that!
It's also one of the simplest elements of routine preventive maintenance – and it protects against damage to expensive vehicle electronic systems. No one should have an excuse to drive around with a dirty air filter.
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Engine Air Filter
Today we want to talk about your engine air filter.
That's the filter that cleans the air before it's burned in your engine. Many people in New Zealand wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is 'when it's dirty'. That's a function of how much air has passed through the filter, so your manufacturer will recommend a mileage interval for replacing the air filter. But you can imagine that how dirty the air is would affect how quickly the filter gets filled.
If you drive in New Zealand where there's lots of dust, pollution or pollen, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner. That's why we check the air filter with every full-service oil change at Oil Changers. We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed.
Your filter can only hold so much dirt. Once the filter is full, dirt will pass through to the engine. This dirt gums up the combustion chamber and hurts fuel economy and may cause damage. It can also contaminate the Mass Air Flow Sensor which will affect drivability and can be fairly expensive to replace.
A dirty air filter would also restrict the amount of air that gets to the engine which hurts fuel economy. We can replace your engine air filter with one that matches the factory specifications or you can upgrade your filter for enhanced performance.
So when your service advisor at Oil Changers shows you your dirty air filter, you know how important it is to get it replaced.