In the past, auto mechanics advised an air filter replacement every 6,000 miles, or even as often as every oil change.
Luckily, recent air filter manufacturing has produced air filters that perform better and last longer. Most modern air filters can last at least 10,000 miles and many can last as long as 30,000 miles.
However, your 2 air filters – the cabin air filter and the engine air intake filter – still require periodic replacement. In fact, regularly replacing your air filters can significantly improve your car’s performance.
Here are the 4 greatest benefits to replacing your car’s air filters:
1. Protect your AC system
According to Rich White, executive director for the Car Care Council. “Checking the cabin air filter is a simple preventive maintenance step that goes a long way toward protecting passengers, as well as the vehicle’s HVAC system.”
When your cabin air filter is old and dirty, accumulated waste can build up on the ventilation system. This debris can obstruct airflow to the air conditioner and heater, affecting performance.
2. Avoid unnecessary repair costs
When airflow to the AC system is blocked because of an old air filter, an inexperienced auto mechanic may mistakenly diagnose a ventilation problem. If your vehicle is brought into an auto repair shop who checks the AC system or cooling system without first inspecting the cabin air filter, you could end up paying for unnecessary repairs.
At Christian Brothers Automotive Brandon, our ASE-certified technicians thoroughly evaluate the entire vehicle before suggesting a repair.
3. Avoid engine performance problems
While a dirty cabin air filter can damage the AC system, a dirty engine air filter can cause engine performance problems. As the engine filter congests with debris and airborne particles, airflow to the engine is reduced. This affects the car’s ability to accelerate properly.
4. Increase gas mileage
According to the Car Care Council, replacing a clogged filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%. Considering your car’s engine can use more than 10,000 gallons of air for every gallon of fuel burned, clean airflow is crucial to proper engine performance.
A clean air filter allows pure oxygen into the fuel-air-mix while a dirty air filter reduces airflow, decreasing fuel efficiency.
Take care of your car with air filter service
We suggest an air filter check every 3,000-6,000 miles to keep your air filtration system, and your entire vehicle, well maintained. Our professional technicians perform a free visual inspection of both the cabin air filter and the engine air intake filter to make sure they’re clean and functional.
We can assure our expert staff never suggests unnecessary repairs or replacements.
To schedule an air filter check or replacement, call Christian Brothers Automotive Brandon in Riverview, Florida. With our friendly technicians, you’re always in good hands.