When it comes to automotive maintenance, most people probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their car’s air filter, but it’s an important component that needs to be inspected and changed periodically. If you live in Coeur D'Alene, air filters can be changed at Knudtsen Chevrolet in Post Falls.
What does the air filter do?
Air that gets sucked into the engine must be clean to prevent engine damage. Your car’s air filter prevents small particles of dust, dirt and other contaminants from entering the engine. These particles can get into the engine aning impede the vehicle’s performance and causing expensive engine damage. The air filter is made of pleated paper and becomes dirty and clogged over time. When this happens, it will need to be replaced. Knudtsen Chevrolet has been inspecting and replacing air filters in Coeur D'Alene for some time, so visit our service center for fast service.
What will happen if I don’t change my car’s air filter
A dirty, clogged air filter is unable to do its job properly. The engine must work harder, and you’ll get decreased fuel economy, more emissions and a loss of engine performance. You may also notice sluggish acceleration. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a clogged air filter can cause a 6 to 11% drop in acceleration. The reduced acceleration may be so gradual you may not notice it. It can also lead to engine wear that will decrease the life of the engine.
How frequently should I change my vehicle’s air filter?
Different manufacturers may have different recommendations regarding changing the engine’s air filter, so it’s a good idea to check your owner’s manual for the vehicle’s maintenance schedule. Chevrolet recommends replacing the oil filter every 45,000 miles, while other manufacturers specify more frequent intervals. If you drive in heavy traffic in hot weather or dusty environments like dirt or gravel roads, you should replace the filter more frequently.
What type of air filter does my car need?
Most engine air filters look the same, but they vary in quality. High-quality filters are made from high-density material with smaller holes and more pleats. This provides better engine protection. When you take your vehicle to the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center for an engine air filter replacement, we’ll use a high-quality filter that’s right for your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace the air filter?
Most air filters can be replaced pretty quickly. Some manufacturers place the filters in locations that are more difficult to reach, usually to save space. If your car’s air filter is hard to reach, it will take a little longer to replace it.
If you have any questions about your car’s air filter, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our expert service team is happy to help. Check our website’s Service Specials page and look for discounts on engine air filters.
In addition to changing the air filter, we offer a complete range of automotive maintenance and repair services. Ask our staff to schedule an appointment or use our online Schedule Service page.