Everyone wants their vehicles to last forever, but they rarely do. Changing your air filter regularly is one of many ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly for a long time. Engine air filters are a relatively inexpensive vehicle part, but they perform a very important job.
The air filter is designed to trap in dirt and debris that can damage internal engine parts. Don’t be fooled by the size of debris either, even something as small as a grain of salt can result in an expensive trip to the mechanic. Your cars air filter is a key part of your engines respiratory system.
As you add more miles onto your vehicle, your engine’s air filter is destined to become clogged with debris. Filters get dirty at different times for different drivers, though a clean one lasts typically between 12,000 and 15,000 miles. If you let your engine air filter clog up, it begins to act less like a filter and more like a blocked airway. Here’s what happens:
** Your engine must work harder to get enough clean air into the chamber to complete the combustion cycle. Attempting to pull air through the restricted filter can create a vacuum effect and it’s possible for particles to get sucked through the filter and in turn damage internal components.
**Because of the engine’s suffocating state, a dirty air filter can also cause it to consume more fuel than it would with a clean one, causing a reduction in overall fuel efficiency.
**If your filter is saturated with dirt, you may experience a lack of power under hard acceleration
In a relatively clean city or suburban driving environment, an air filter may be good for 20,000 miles or more between changes. However, driving in dusty rural conditions can result in the need for a new engine filter at more frequent intervals. In light of all the fires we have had in and around the area, it may be time to take a look at your filter.
Now, through the end of September, we are offering customers 20% off any Mopar air filter or Mopar cabin filter when you mention this article. Please visit our Parts and Accessory Department for details.
You may not be able to make your vehicle last forever, but you certainly can keep it running for a long time when you change your air filter on a regular basis.