Historically, auto mechanics have advised an air filter replacement every 6,000 miles. Some even suggested a replacement with every oil change!
Fortunately, recent air filter development has produced air filters that work better and last longer. Most present-day air filters can last at least 10,000 miles. Many can even last up to 30,000 miles!
However, your car’s 2 air filters – the cabin air filter and the engine air intake filter – still require regular replacement. In fact, frequently changing your air filters can drastically improve your car’s performance.
Here are 4 solid reasons to replace your car’s air filters today:
1. Protect your AC system
Gradually, your cabin air filter accumulates waste, which can build up on the ventilation system. This debris obstructs airflow to the air conditioner and heater, affecting the engine’s power. 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.” Replace your cabin air filter and extend the life of your AC system.
2. Avoid unnecessary repair costs
When an old air filter restricts airflow to the air conditioner, an amateur auto mechanic may mistakenly identify a problem with the AC system. If your car is brought into a mechanic who checks the AC or cooling system before inspecting the cabin air filter, you could pay the cost of unnecessary repairs. At Christian Brothers Automotive Highlands Ranch, our ASE-certified technicians thoroughly assess the entire vehicle before recommending any repair.
3. Avoid engine performance problems
A dirty cabin air filter can harm the AC system. Meanwhile, a dirty engine air filter can cause problems in the engine. As the engine air intake filter clogs with debris and airborne particulates, airflow to the engine is reduced. Restricted airflow obstructs the engine’s acceleration power. Replacing a dirty engine filter can improve acceleration and overall engine performance.
4. Increase gas mileage
Considering your car’s engine can require more than 10,000 gallons of air for every gallon of fuel used, clean oxygen is crucial to proper engine function. In fact, according to the Car Care Council, replacing a dirty engine filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%. 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
Our specialists suggest an air filter check every 3,000-6,000 miles. A simple visual inspection can keep your air filtration system, your engine, and your entire vehicle, well maintained. Our professional technicians perform a free check of both the cabin air filter and the engine air intake filter to ensure both are clean and functional. We can guarantee our honest staff never recommends unnecessary repairs or replacements.
To schedule an air filter check or replacement, call Christian Brothers Automotive in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. You’re always in good hands with our friendly technicians.