How Often to Change Air Filter in Car

oil filterDo you know what your car’s air filter is for? Do you know the consequences of driving with a dirty air filter for an extended period of time? Not only will the following information cover these questions, but it’ll also let you know the best practices for how often to have your air filter changed, how to clean it yourself, and a few of the key signs that let you know when it’s time for a new one.

If you’re an Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley area driver and you think of any questions pertaining to this information, feel free to give us a call, email us, or simply stop by. Our Land Rover Albuquerque team will be happy to answer them.

How Often the Air Filter Needs to be Changed

It’s generally recommended that a car air filter should be changed about every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. You should consult your owner’s manual for any variations on those numbers for your particular vehicle. Since the frequency with which you should change your air filter varies due to such factors as how often you drive as well as the make and model of your car, there’s no hard and fast rule to follow here. One safe bet is to simply have the filter changed every time you have the oil changed.

The Purpose of Your Car’s Air Filter

Your car air filter’s job is to protect the engine from debris that would otherwise get inside and cause serious damage. If the filter gets too dirty, it becomes unable to keep all the dirt out—and that’s when your engine is in danger of potential harm. If your filter goes unchecked for too long, its effectiveness can dissipate greatly. This development would leave the engine practically defenseless to the various corrosive elements.

Signs that You Have a Dirty Air Filter

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There are certain behaviors that will alert you of a possible issue with your air filter. One common sign is a distinct drop in fuel economy. A dirty air filter can cause this by clogging up proper airflow to the engine. Another hint that your air filter is dirty and needs to be changed is when your car is slow to roll over when you turn the ignition. The reason for this is that the lack of air flowing into the engine has prevented the spark plugs from sparking.

How to Clean an Air Filter

You can clean your air filter yourself instead of having it changed out. You can accomplish this by vacuuming it or washing it with hot, soapy water. If you choose to wash it, be sure to let it dry out before putting it back.

Have Your Car Air Filter Changed on a Regular Basis

During your regular Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley area drives, if you notice any of the above warning signs that your air filter might be dirty and needs to be changed, contact Land Rover Albuquerque to schedule an appointment, so our certified automotive technicians over in the service center can take a look.

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