The air filtration system is responsible for keeping dangerous elements from entering your vehicle and, as a result, your body. The cabin air filter and the engine air intake filter work to keep you and your engine breathing easy.
The Cabin Filter
During cold and flu season, it’s common to see individuals wearing surgical masks to prevent infection. These masks filter the air of bacteria and viruses before they have a chance to infect. In the same way, your cabin filter eliminates pollen, mold spores and allergens before they enter your AC system.
Typically made of pleated paper, your cabin air filter is designed to sift through the air flowing into the vehicle so only clean air enters the passenger cab. However, a dirty air filter will impair the air conditioner and heater’s performance. When airflow is reduced, allergens and particulates are able to sneak into the air supply.
Engine Air Intake Filter
Similar to the cabin air filter is the engine air intake filter. While the cabin filter is cleaning the passenger cab’s air supply, the intake filter is removing dirt and debris from the air heading into the engine. This filter protects the engine from dust, grime, dirt, bugs and other particles that could tear apart the car’s metal components.
While fuel-injected filters tend to use a pleated paper filter, older cars usually house a cylindrical air filter. No matter the type of filter, these elements are crucial to keeping dangerous substances out of the engine. Without this filter, deposits would adhere to the engine, the intake valves would clog and the car’s fuel economy would decrease.
Don’t sacrifice your engine’s performance.
With regular air filter replacements, your car can run strong for a long time. Our ASE-certified technicians agree with most manufacturers, who suggest a filter replacement every 6,000 miles. Simply request a filter check with every other oil change!
If it’s time for a filter replacement or an air filtration system inspection, call Christian Brothers Automotive Warwick in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Discover the nice difference!