Ozzie’s Q&A: Air Filters

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Welcome to the newest installment of Ozzie’s Q&A! Air filters are a vital part that keeps your engine running at it highest capacity. By keeping a clean air filter, you prevent having to make expensive repairs on your investment. Here are a few questions I get on a regular basis, to help you understand exactly what it does and when you should get it replaced.

How does an air filter work?

Your vehicle’s engine requires oxygen for burning the fuel that you put in your gas tank. We all know that there’s particulate matter in the air we breathe, insects, pollution, pollen, you name it, it’s probably in the air. A quality air filter keeps these unwanted particles out of your engine. If you didn’t have an air filter, your engine efficiency would go down the tubes and you would have to be replacing parts on a regular basis.

What are the benefits of replacing an old filter?

Changing your air filter is helpful if you’re looking for better fuel efficiency because fresh air is integral to keeping your engine running smoothly. A new air filter can increase your fuel efficiency anywhere from 6-11% in some cases! Other benefits include a longer engine life, due to less stress on your engine and your engine emitting less pollution.

How often do I need to change my air filter?

Depending on the air filter, every 30,000 to 60,000 miles is an ideal interval to replace your disposable filters or thoroughly clean your reusable filters. Checking your air filter when you get your oil changed is a good idea, because you never know what can jam up your air intake.  Double check the filter manufacturer and set a reminder to replace it!

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