Have you seen the result of a fast drive down I-35? One look at your car’s hood and you can count the bug swarms and mud puddles driven through. Sadly, most of this filth won’t stay outside the vehicle. As your car flies down the Austin road, it’s pulling outside air into the engine.
The most effective line of defense against these particles is your vehicle’s air filtration system, including the cabin air filter and the engine air intake filter.
The Cabin Filter
Much like a construction worker protects his lungs on site with a dust mask, your air filter removes mold spores and allergens before they’re breathed in. The cabin air filter, usually made of pleated paper, is designed to clean the air flowing into the car.
This filter is an essential part of keeping the air inside the passenger cab safe to inhale. However, when the cabin air filter is blocked with dust and pollen, the air conditioner and heater’s efficiency is reduced. A clogged filter reduces airflow, which allows allergens into the air supply.
Engine Air Intake Filter
As the cabin air filter defends your health, the engine air intake filter protects your engine. The engine filter reduces pollen and pollutants as well, but is more concerned with removing waste and dirt. If it weren’t for the intake filter, water, insects, mud and dust could enter your engine.
Fuel-injected filters typically use a pleated paper filter, while older cars use a cylindrical air filter. All types of filters are essential to eliminating debris. When carbon deposits enter the engine, gunk can stick to the moving parts, the debris can tear away at the engine and the intake valves may clog.
Blocked filters rob the engine’s power.
Now that you’re aware of the cabin filter and the engine air intake filter, you can keep them maintained with regular replacements. Our ASE-certified technicians recommend an air filter replacement every 10,000-30,000 miles.
If it’s time to replace your vehicle’s air filters, call Christian Brothers Automotive Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas. We’ll show you the nice difference!