Did you know your car might have two distinct air filters?
The cabin air filter is not yet standard in every vehicle, but it is an important element. This filter keeps pollen, mold spores and allergens out of the AC system and away from your family. The engine air intake filter, on the other hand, eliminates dirt, insect bits, tree sap and other pieces of waste before they have a chance to reach the engine.
To keep your entire car operating as it should, your air filtration system must be running clean. For efficient airflow, regular air filtration system maintenance is essential.
But, how often should these air filters be replaced?
Well, it depends on which filter we’re discussing.
Cabin Air Filter
As the component keeping your family breathing safe, the cabin air filter should be inspected twice a year. However, driving through dusty terrain or heavy construction every day may require more frequent filter checks. When your filter clogs, your health is affected. Dust, allergens and bacteria can enter the ventilation system.
In addition to decreasing the AC system’s efficiency, these contaminants could cause breathing problems. If you notice heating or cooling issues, smell dirt or a musty odor from the air vents, or experience sinus headaches and allergy symptoms while driving, call to schedule a cabin air filter inspection.
You should also call for an appointment with our ASE-certified technicians if it’s been more than a year since your last air filtration system checkup.
Engine Air Intake Filter
If they aren’t filtered out, airborne particulates sucked in from outside could harm the engine cylinders, engine walls, pistons and piston rings. While a blocked filter could let in abrasive particles, it also reduces airflow through the engine. When the engine is deprived of clean air, the airflow sensors let the fuel tank know to release less fuel.
A congested engine filter might not lower your fuel economy, but it could reduce your acceleration power by up to 11%. If you discover impaired driving ability, the intake filter may be compromised. Most manufacturers suggest an engine filter replacement once a year, or every 10,000-30,000 miles.
You should also schedule an air filter check if you experience a loss in engine power, hesitation while accelerating or if the filter is torn, dirty, or showing signs of wear.
While vehicle air filters are rarely discussed, they have a huge effect on the overall health of your vehicle.
Call Christian Brothers Automotive in Sandy Springs, Georgia to schedule an air filter inspection. Don’t let dirty air filters damage your engine.