The Importance Of Changing Your Air Filter

Preventative maintenance for your car is very important, however most vehicle owners tend to find maintenance measures such as oil changes, changing your air filter, transmission flushesetc. time consuming and bothersome. The truth is that overlooking these preventative maintenance procedures may seem small but they can definitely create problems with your vehicle that can become quite large.  Aside from oil changes which we know are of extreme importance, changing your air filter is too!  So what exactly does your air filter do for your car?   We got the low down on the importance of changing your air filter and what it actually does for you car from an experienced mechanic at J-N-J Auto Services in Phoenix Arizona.  Todd, the certified mechanic we spoke with broke it down quite nicely for us and we are going to share it with our readers!

What Your Car’s Air Filter Actually Does?

The air intake system controls the amount of air that enters into your engine’s chambers.  From there the air is mixed with fuel to ignite with combustion when you start your car.  Although the air filter is not technically a part of the air intake system, it is responsible for filtering out dirt and debris from the air that the intake system pulls in. Why is this so important? Having Debris and other hazards in the air when it ignites with fuel and combustion can be dangerous to the cars passengers as well as harmful to the engine

How Do I know When To Change my Air Filter

Each car is different explained Todd, and a lot depends on how much you drive and so forth.  Todd suggested that you first check out your car’s owners manual as to see when it is recommended.  In general however, it is suggested that you change the filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. The more miles you drive your car the more clogged with dirt and debris your air filter becomes.

What Happens If I Don’t Change My Vehicles Air Filter?

If your air filter is really weighed down with debris and dirt it will create a lack of power when you attempt any strong acceleration.  It also is unable to pull a lot of clean air in to the engine chamber and can create a lack of fuel efficiency.  Think your car is eating up gas?  Todd advises to check the air filter.  Having a new air filter put in your car might just save you money on gas!  Probably the biggest consequence attributed to not changing your air filter is the fact that when you air filter is dirty and clogged it doesn’t allow for the full amount of air to get into the chamber to complete the combustion cycle.  In turn the reverse happens and it is almost like a vacuum that pulls dirt and debris into the engines internal components.  This can be very damaging and create VERY EXPENSIVE issues.  Seems like having your air filter changed regularly doesn’t sound so inconvenient anymore!

Todd explained to us as well that most times when people skip or ignore preventative maintenance procedures for their vehicle it is because they don’t really understand all of the parts, big and small, that go into making your car safe, and stay driving at optimal performance.  Being a certified mechanic and working at J-N-J Auto Service for over 10 years he has seen a lot of unnecessary problems with vehicles that people could have prevented.  As a mechanic you work with cars all day long so you understand the importance of small maintenance procedures as well as those all encompassing.  He also suggests that it is wise to find a trusted mechanic that will take the time to explain things to you, and that you don’t hesitate to ask questions too.  Your mechanic is providing a paid service to you involving the vehicle that drives you and your loved ones around daily.  Your mechanic should be able to take the time to explain procedures and reasoning to you.  It seems a lot of people feel like they can be taken advantage by mechanics and auto service shops because a lot of people don’t really know that much about cars.  If you are ever in doubt of your mechanic service Todd also recommends that you perhaps seek another opinion from a different shop or mechanic. Is number one advice tip for all vehicle owners is “ DON’T skip preventative Maintenance procedures on your car/truck/SUV!