Car Care Tips: Air Filter Maintenance

Posted & filed under Auto Repair Tips & Helpful Strategies.

With National Car Care Month taking place in April, it’s as good a time as any to learn more about certain vehicle components, including your air filter! Here are some facts about air filters to consider this month:

• Much controversy surrounds how often an air filter should actually be replaced

• Some repair facilities will try and get you to buy one with every oil change,

• While some have believe that it rarely needs changing

• NEITHER of these are correct!

• Changing the filter too frequently adds NO extra benefit, while not changing it at all can CAUSE problems.

• You can see in your owner’s manual EXACTLY how often they recommend that you change it,

• OR you can have a repair facility that you TRUST examine it and give you their EXPERT opinion.

• A good rule of thumb is to replace it every 10,000 miles or every 3rd or 4th oil change,

• But if you drive in dusty or smoggy conditions then it will require replacement more frequently

• Based upon past numbers, on average 16% of vehicles have had a dirty air filter in need of replacement

• It is a good idea to have your vehicle fully inspected TWICE a year, once for summer and once for winter, by a reputable shop.

If you have any questions about your air filter or any other component in your vehicle, give us a call at 719-632-2167 – we’re always available to help keep Colorado Springs drivers safely on the road!

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