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Your vehicle’s engine air filter performs a very important task for the entire welfare of your car, truck or SUV. It filters out impurities, dirt, and dust so they don’t enter your engine and cause harm to several internal parts. Over time, your engine air filter will become dirty and clogged and will need to be replaced.
The best idea of knowing when to change your engine air filter is to read your owner’s manual. Each make and model of vehicle has various suggestions based on mileage, just as an oil change does. For a broad statement, engine air filters should be changed somewhere between 30,000 and 45,000 miles.
If you happen to drive on dusty country roads a lot, you will need to change your engine air filter more often than the recommended intervals. Dusty or sandy environments will cause the filter to become clogged much more quickly and render it unable to perform as it should to protect your engine.
Fortunately, some signs alert you to change your engine air filter for your engine’s protection. You may notice that you have a decrease from normal in your gas mileage. The engine needs clean air to work properly and if the filter is clogged, the engine has to work harder and use more gasoline to do so. You may have ignition problems with your car turning over slowly because the air filter is dirty and it can’t provide air to start your engine. This, in turn, will clog up your spark plugs, so they won’t fire correctly. You can also perform a visual check of the engine air filter. If it is full of particles or is gray, brown or any other color than white or off-white, it needs replacing.
You should only use a professional, certified dealership to replace your air filter, such as Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Schaumburg, IL. Certified dealerships have certified technicians and use only certified and OEM parts so you know the parts are correct. We also carry a huge inventory of engine air filters in stock, so we can quickly and efficiently service your car and get you back on the road. You can take advantage of our extended hours and Saturday service hours in all of our locations including Elgin, Palatine, Arlington Heights, and Mt. Prospect.