If you take a glance at your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule found in the owner’s manual, you’ll likely see something about air filters. Air filters are devices that use fibrous materials to remove solid contaminants from the air, such as mold, pollen, bacteria, and dust. Vehicles use two different types of air filters: automotive cabin air filters and internal combustion air filters. Like the filters in your home, these have to be replaced regularly to keep your car running free from contamination and consequential performance issues.
Stop Dust, Pollen, and Pollutants
The cabin air filter clears pollen, dust, and other contaminants from the climate control airflow (includes air conditioning and heating). If working properly, the filter ensures that the air circulating throughout the car is free from harmful elements. If these filters are not replaced periodically, AC performance can be negatively affected. In extreme cases, a clogged air filter can even pose potential health risks to the driver and any passengers. It is recommended that the cabin air filter be changed every 12,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first.
The internal combustion air filter prevents contaminants from entering an engine's cylinders, which could cause extra mechanical wear or contaminate the engine's oil. If the air flowing through the engine is not adequately filtered, the effects can lead to excessive fuel consumption and low engine power; these issues can eventually lead to expensive repairs.
Visit Us for Comprehensive Maintenance
You don’t have to spend your time tracking or wondering when your vehicle’s air filters need replacement. That’s a job for the professionals at Chabill’s Tire and Auto Service. With locations throughout Louisiana, we’re never far away, and neither is your next maintenance service. Staying on top of your car’s routine needs is as easy as calling or clicking online to schedule an appointment. Our expert mechanics are ready to perform the routine services, including air filter replacement, for all makes and models.