Your air and fuel filters are very important for your engine’s health, and as it turns out, your engine is pretty important to your vehicle. The air filter allows oxygen to reach the engine while preventing dirt and bugs from getting in.
Air filters can also refer to filters which process the air that enters the cabin to keep out dust, pollen, and other airborne allergens. These filters are crucial to the overall health and performance of your air-conditioning system. If you allow these filters to grow dirty and then try to turn on your AC, your vehicles cabin will be flooded with all junk from the filter.
What is an Air Filter?
In auto terms, an air filter generally refers to the contraption that allows air to reach your engine. Internal combustion engines work by triggering countless small explosions, and to have an explosion, you need air. Air filters work to make sure that the air used in your engine’s combustion cycle is devoid of dirt, leaves, and debris. These can damage your engine and interrupt the combustion, causing your vehicle to run less efficiently. It’ll also increase the odds that you need to take your vehicle into Jay’s Garage to have your engine serviced, generally one of the more expensive repairs.
What is a Fuel Filter?
Fuel filters ensure that any oil entering the engine is not bringing in any impurities that could ultimately damage the most important part of your car. These impurities include:
Not only do fuel filters prevent damage, but they also improve performance. When fuel has fewer contaminants, it burns more efficiently. Your car will run smoothly, you’ll stretch your gas refills out, and you’ll have to take your car into the mechanic fewer times for tune-ups.
Since your fuel is cleaner, it also burns cleaner. This means your vehicle will produce less air pollution and you’ll put less stress on your emissions control system. You’ll be doing your planet a service as well as saving some money next time you visit the DEQ.
When Should You Replace Your Filters?
The general rule of thumb is that your filters should be replaced once a year or every 12,000 miles. However, there are several different brands and varieties of air filters, so you should consult your owner’s manual to better understand the lifespan of yours. Some modern-produced filters never actually need to be replaced.
If either of your filters needs to be replaced, contact the Portland car tune-up experts at Jay’s Garage today. We also handle all major car issues like engine problems and transmission errors as well as all routine maintenance like tire rotation, oil changes, and electrical system repair.