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Replacing My Car Air Filter… Is It Really Needed?

The Importance Of Replacing Your Air Filter


Let’s talk about the importance of replacing your dirty air filter. The air filter in your car is a particulate filter composed of fibrous materials which removes dirt, pollen, bacteria, and even mold from the air. The air filter acts as the first line of defense for your cars engine… scary huh? That being said the air filter is one of the cheapest, yet most important repair to complete. Let’s talk about how the air filter works in your vehicle and why it is so important to keep up with the maintenance.

Take a look at the front of your car where the grill and front bumper are. Do you notice all of the bugs, dirt, sap, etc? Pretty gross when you actually see how much debris and dirt are hitting your car. Not only are these disgusting substances on the front of your car, but they do make their way into the engine bay as well. Which leads you to where we are now a dirty air filter. Most car manufacturers have housed the air filter in a black or gray box under your hood. The air filter catches all the above mention road grime before it can get into the engine. The black “air box” actually also serves its purpose to not let any road grime get directly into the engine which could cause the need for hefty engine repairs. If you let your air filter get to dirty, it will indeed starve your engine of air. Starving your vehicle of air can cause many issues. A very important part in your vehicles combustion stage is to make power efficiently. Your air filter can not do so when it is dirty and clogged. The air filter can even prevent your vehicle from running if it is extremely dirty.


Now let’s get to the fun facts! Did you know that a clean air filter can actually save you up to 15¢ per gallon in fuel? Not only this, but your gas mileage will be sure to improve with a clean air filter. Not only can a clean air filter improve gas mileage, but it can also increase acceleration by 6 to 11 percent. Regardless of the exact figures, it is obvious that a clean air filter improves air flow to the engine and increases engine performance and gas mileage. There are certain items on your car that you can procrastinate on replacing. Being that the air filter is key to your engines health it is not one to push off at your service. When you bring your vehicle into Glenwood Foreign Car we provide a multi-point inspection. This inspection gives you a grade on the well being of your car. One of the things we check is your air filter. Give us a call today or go online to to schedule your next service with us.



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