Like people, cars need to breathe clean air. Because dirt, dust, and pollen can be taxing on your engine, it's critical to check your car's air filter. It's often neglected even though it's one of the easiest and cheapest repairs you can do on your car.
When your air filter is dirty, air can't get to the engine and this causes much more fuel to be used up. Keeping away the dirt and debris that causes wear and tear will prolong the lifespan of your engine and the amount of cash you fork over at the gas station.
Internal combustion engines require air to perform. Fuel doesn't burn without oxygen to give that igniting force that allows the engine to get powered up. The air needs to be as clean as possible for your engine to run optimally. This is why a clean air filter is essential. The filter is made of porous, paper-like material that catches and prevents dirt from reaching the engine while allowing the clean air to pass through.
Knowing when to change air filters is important to understand if you want your engine to be functioning at its best. There are no hard and fast rules about when to change them but most manufacturers would recommend at least once a year. Another good rule of thumb would be to clean them every 10,000 miles. You can also just look at it to determine if it needs to be replaced. If it's full of gunk, it's obviously in need of replacement. Most filters are only around $15.
If you need some assistance with air filter replacement or if you have any other inquiries about our auto repair services, call us or schedule an appointment online. Gary’s Auto Service is located at 1779 N. Hwy. 67, Florissant, MO 63033