Air filters for your vehicle, we all use them, but what are they good for really? And how long are they good for? When looking at a vehicles engine, an air filter is a very important component. Without the air filter harmful debris, dirt, and other containmenants would be able to enter your engine. Causing your vehicle to break down. Many do not realize it, but having an old or dirty engine air filter can be just as bad as not even having one.
All vehicles have different reccomendations for the amount of time you wait to get your air filter changed, but these are common rules for when it's time to change that work across all vehicle types:
It's been more than three years
It's been over 30,000 miles
Black areas on the section where outside air enters
A clogged air filter won't really hurt the fuel economy of your vehicle, according to a 2009 study conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy, but it can hurt acceleration by 6% to 11%. Acceleration is harder to measure than fuel economy, so you might not notice a gradual performance loss. This is why it's a good idea to visually check your engine air filter every once in a while, or take it to a reputable service center like the one at Benny Boyd Auto in Lampasas to have it checked.
Not sure whether your vehicles air filter needs to be changed? Our expert technicians here at Benny Boyd of Lampasas, TX have you covered, contact our service center or stop by and we’ll get you taken care of. We look forward to doing business with you!