Spring Car Guide: Why It's Time to Change Your Air Filter

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Like most people, you probably focus on your house for annual spring cleaning. However, spring is a great time to think about your car, too. In fact, it's one of the most important times of the year to get your vehicle in working order. Spring comes between a long, cold winter and summer, which usually means road trips and putting miles on your car. If you haven't made an appointment yet for a spring checkup, be sure to do so.

A trusted mechanic can take a look at your tires, alignment, oil, battery, and more. At the same time, be sure to ask about getting your car's air filter inspected. The air filter is an important component that regulates air flow to the cabin and engine. If it gets clogged or worn out, problems can result. Here are some ways the filter improves the health of your car.

Cleaner Cabin Air Helps You Breathe

Even if you don't suffer from spring allergies, the accumulation of dust and pollen in your vehicle is unpleasant. One of the air filter's main jobs is to trap harmful particles in the air before they reach the cabin. This allows only clean, purified air to make its way into the car's interior. But if the filter becomes clogged, it cannot perform this function. Then, the air flowing into your cabin is just as dirty as the air outside. In addition to breathing in the dusty air, you'll end up spending much more time and money on cleaning out your car. The dirt from the air can also settle on the air conditioning and heating systems. This can compromise their performance, too.

Better Fuel Economy Saves the Planet

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In addition to filtering the air in the cabin, the air filter also removes particles to deliver clean air to the engine. If it can't clean the air, the engine must work harder to keep the car going. Naturally, this uses more gas, and it can quickly increase the amount of money you spend on fuel. Over time, this expense adds up, especially if you're doing more driving in the spring. By keeping the air filter free and clear of buildup, you'll improve your car's fuel economy and prolong the lifespan of the engine and other components in the fuel system.

Improved Engine Performance Brings Extra Oomph

The accumulation of debris on the air filter eventually prevents “breathable” air from reaching the engine. You might start to notice problems with the engine such as misfiring and trouble starting. Over time, the accumulation of dust on the sensors near the engine, which regulate the car's air-to-fuel ratio, can cause them to stop working properly, too. If the car continues driving with an incorrect balance of fuel and air, you can end up with more serious problems down the road.

The air filter is a part of your car that you might not have thought about before. But keeping this small part clean and in good working condition improves the performance of many other components in your vehicle. It also saves money on fuel and costly repairs. So when spring arrives, be sure to contact us to make an appointment to have the air filter cleaned and replaced if needed.

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