In-Depth Look: Air Filters

Whether you’re a mechanic or you don’t have the faintest clue how your car works, you’ve heard of engine air filters. You’ve probably be advised to replace it a time or two.

So what is an air filter? What is its actual purpose?

What is it?

An engine air filter is an essential element of your car engine delivering maximum performance. It keeps unwanted particles and contaminants out of the combustion chambers.

What does it do?

Your vehicle pulls air into the engine to be able to combust and create movement. The air comes through the vehicle’s air box where the air filter sits. The air then passes through the pleated material of the filter.

This filtration keeps the engine clean and running smoothly. Unfortunately, when the filter gets clogged up, it keeps  proper air flow from entering the engine and decreases performance.

A clean air filter can increase your acceleration up to 11%.

Should I replace it?

A certified mechanic can tell you when your air filter needs to be replaced. However, there are signs and symptoms you might notice too. If you notice a decrease in acceleration, a rough engine start, or a check engine light engaging then you should bring your vehicle in to get it checked.

It is generally recommended that you replace it every 15,000-30,000 miles. If you drive on a lot of dirt roads, you’ll probably want to gravitate toward replacing in the earlier part of that range.

If a bad filter isn’t replaced in a timely manner, then you’re engine will have to work that much harder and may not last as long. Sometimes filters can get so clogged that they finally tear and let in contaminants into the engine itself, causing irreparable damage.

Who should replace it?

You can always trust the friendly staff at Bargain Tire. We have a lot of experience under one roof and can see that you’re taken care of in an honest manner. Let us be your go-to for the maintenance work that your vehicle needs.