In some ways, air filters are unsung heroes for your car. They are only made of paper, but they perform an important job by keeping debris and other contaminants away from the inside of your engine. If it’s not changed regularly, it will become congested with dirt and unable to do its job.
If your air filter isn’t working properly, there will be a lack of air in the combustion chambers. A clogged air filter will cause your engine to run too rich. This means that the ratio of air to fuel is incorrect; the engine will run roughly and possibly lose power. Often, your “check engine” light will brighten your dashboard.
Neglecting to have your air filter changed for a significant period of time can even lead to engine damage and engine repair work needed if debris finds its way into the combustion chambers. To avoid all this, check your owner’s manual and follow the instructions for having it changed periodically. If you do a lot of stop-and-go driving or drive often on dirt roads, you may want to have this done even more frequently. Come talk to us in Oceanside, CA about the best schedule for your car and driving habits.
Fast Fact: Most internal combustion engines burn about 14 parts air to 1 part gasoline.