Why Spring Is the Best Time to Change Your Air Filter

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After a cold winter season, which is just as tough on your car as it is for you, chances are good you'll have a checklist going of all the car maintenance that needs to be done, especially if you're planning a road trip! You're already probably planning to take care of the basics – an oil change, battery check, and tire rotation. But another important service you should add to the list is getting your car's air filter changed. The air filter is a component that normally gets changed about every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. Certain factors like driving in dusty climates, driving frequently on dirt roads, or driving through a winter season with salt, dirt, and other particles in the air mean that you'll probably have to get the air filter checked, if not changed, more frequently. You can look forward to the following benefits by replacing your air filter:

Better Air Quality For Added Comfort

If you suffer from spring allergies, you wouldn't close the windows to your home and blow pollen through the air. But if you drive around in a car with a non-functional air filter, that is more or less what you're doing. The car's air filter is one of the most important parts of the car to maintain if you want to avoid seasonal allergies. The air filter performs two main tasks in your car – keeping the cabin's air clean and keeping the engine's air clean. In the cabin, the filter is the mechanism responsible for blocking dirty air from entering the interior. If the filter is clean and clear, it is able to carry out this task. But if it’s dirty, the air blowing through the cabin will be dirty. This means an unpleasant experience while riding if you have the windows up, and also more time spent cleaning the inside of your car!

Does Clean Air Produce More Horsepower?

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In addition to keeping the air in your car's cabin in good shape, the air filter ensures that the engine runs smoothly. The filter performs much of the same function for the engine as it does the cabin. Normally, the filter traps particles in the air that otherwise clog the engine. But if the air filter becomes dirty, it cannot remove dust and debris from the air. In turn, this means that the engine becomes deprived of clean air and must work harder to keep the car going. Furthermore, the contaminants in the air filter are the equivalent of having contaminants enter your car's oil. You wouldn't let sludge accumulate in the oil and make its way into the engine, so why let the same happen with air?

Less Car Maintenance Down The Road

Initially, it makes the components work harder than they need to. Ultimately, this can create the need for more extensive repairs. Although it might seem like a pain to schedule an appointment for a filter check, the alternative – having to replace an engine – is much worse! In this case, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your house and your car. And if there's one car care service that you might not have considered before, it's the air filter. Whether you're making a standalone appointment for a filter check or you want it to be part of a more comprehensive spring checkup, don't hesitate to contact us and tell us what you need.

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