Air Filter & Cabin Air Filter Care
Vehicle owners often neglect timely air filter replacement. And that’s partly understandable. Things like your oil, belts, tires, and transmission seem like greater priorities. And the difference between regular air and clean air is negligible, right? Wrong! Your air filter (and your cabin air filter) is an important component in your engine. And, replacing it at the appropriate time is an important part of your vehicle’s routine maintenance.
What Does Your Air Filter Do?
An air filter… filters the air. Combustion engines need air to work properly for the same reason a campfire needs oxygen. No oxygen equals no combustion. And you need to remember that our air is less than 20% oxygen. That means, But even ostensibly clean air has contaminants and debris in it. And driving through smoke or swirling dirt will only compound the issue. The air filter blocks harmful particulates from entering your engine, and keeps it clean.
Not only does clean air keep your engine running more smoothly, it protects it. Allowing debris into the combustion chamber can have disastrous effects that reduce the lifespan of your engine overall. So, like with all routine maintenance, make sure you stick to your manufacturer’s maintenance plan, and listen to the advice of the service team at Capital GMC Buick Cadillac.
Diagnosing an Expired Air Filter
The easiest way to tell if you should replace your air filter is to look at it yourself. They’re usually easily accessible – you likely won’t even have to unscrew anything. Just consult your owner’s manual for your air filter’s exact location. If the filter is covered in dirt and dust, then you should probably replace it.
Another less obvious sign that you should replace your filter is diminished throttle response and sluggish acceleration. If your filter is clogged, it will prevent an adequate amount of oxygen from reaching the combustion chamber, and your performance will suffer. Replacing an old, dirty air filter can improve your vehicle’s acceleration by roughly 11%.
Cabin Air Filters
Cabin air filters are important, too. They have nothing to do with your engine, but they do support the healthy operation of your lungs. If you don’t want to breathe in the dirt and smoke that you’re driving through, you should replace your cabin filter roughly every 25,000 kms or one year. Although, your owner’s manual may have slightly different directions. And, if you drive on dirt roads, or somewhere with poor air quality, you’ll probably need to change it more often.
Unfortunately, cabin air filters are a bit more difficult to replace. In many cars, you’ll actually have to remove the glove compartment to access it. While this isn’t prohibitively difficult, it is a bit of a hassle. Usually it’s just easier to let the professionals at Capital GMC Buick Cadillac Service take of it for you.
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