Your car is just like you: it needs fresh air. While your nose and nose hairs filter out particles from the air before it reaches your lungs, your vehicle relies on a clean and functioning engine air filter! In addition to providing clean air to your engine, the engine air filter prevents harmful debris from making its way into chambers and causing damage.
If your engine air filter is dirty or no longer performing as it should, it can result in very expensive problems. As a key preventative maintenance item, it's best to have your engine air filter checked and changed at Dorsett Hyundai in Terre Haute. We are a team of experienced auto repair technicians and professionals who specialize in all makes and models of vehicles. Let's take a closer look at the engine air filter and why it's critical to have a comprehensive inspection today.
Every fuel-burning engine requires a continual flow of fresh air to properly function. Your air filter strips grit, dirt, dust and other debris from the air before it reaches the engine chambers â€” where debris can cause very expensive damage. As with virtually any working vehicle part, your engine air filter will need to be changed over time. This is because it will collect large amounts of pollen, debris, dust, and other blockages as it successfully does its job. Over time, this debris can prevent the necessary airflow from reaching your engine, which can prevent your vehicle from running its best.
Although a clogged or dirty air filter may not hammer your MPGs like a deflated tire; it will most definitely steal power from your engine. We've seen up to 11% in acceleration improvement after changing a dirty, old air filter. Think of it like this â€” your engine relies on combustion power, which is contingent on fuel and a steady supply of oxygen. If your air filter is clogged, this steady supply of oxygen may not be as steady, which will negatively impact your power, torque, and acceleration.
In the beginning, a dirty or clogged air filter may decrease your overall power, torque, and acceleration. However, if this dirty air filter is left unchecked and you continue to drive the vehicle in this condition, it will wreak havoc on your engine! For example, it can cause your engine to start choking down. We've even seen dirty air filters cause engines to overheat because of improper fuel-air ratio. Simply put, failing to have a relatively inexpensive engine air filter change could result in multiple thousands of damage and engine repair.
While every manufacturer will have a suggested interval for changing your engine air filter, this is just an estimate based on ideal driving conditions. However, we all know the driving conditions in Terre Haute, Indiana are far from ideal. The actual best time to change your air filter will depend on several factors, like driving habits, pollution and smog levels, as well as the model of your vehicle. At Dorsett Hyundai in Terre Haute, we always conduct comprehensive engine air filter inspections to determine how effective your air filter is at performing its critical job. Once we've tested your filter, we'll help guide you to the best solution. Contact Dorsett Hyundai for engine air filter replacements or inspections.
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