Filters are just as important to your automobile as fluids are. Your vehicle has four primary filters that need to be changed regularly to keep your automobile running as efficiently as possible. Padron Automotive is going to discuss these filters below, and we’d be happy to check your car, truck, utility vehicle, or van’s filters to see if they need to be replaced. If they do, we can replace them for you.
First, let’s talk about the cabin filter. This is an air filter that is most likely located in your dashboard. This filter is tasked with the duty of cleaning the air before it is pushed through your vents and into the passenger cabin. Some cars do not have a cabin air filter. Rather, they have netting that filters the air and this netting does not need to be replaced. In the case of the cabin air filter, it should be replaced at 30,000-mile increments to ensure you always have fresh air in your car.
The engine also has an air filter that is tasked with cleaning the air, as well. Air flows into your automobile’s engine to help keep it cool and for use in the combustion chamber. The engine air filter cleans the air before it is routed into the chamber to be burned with gasoline. The engine air filter clogs much more quickly than the cabin air filter does, and, as such, it should be changed every 12,000 miles. It’s important to always have a clean air filter for optimal fuel economy.
Another crucial filter to your automobile is the fuel filter. This, obviously, purifies the fuel before it makes its way into the combustion chamber to be burned with the air. In fact, the fuel filter cleans the fuel twice. Contaminants such as sediment are found naturally in diesel fuel and gasoline. This is why your automobile should always have a clean fuel filter. The rule of thumb for changing the fuel filter is every 30,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first.
Finally, the oil filter is changed every time you have the oil changed in your car, truck, UV, or van. This means it will be changed as frequently as every 3,000 miles. A dirty and clogged oil filter can cause serious damage to your engine. This filter is responsible for cleaning the oil to make sure that it is pure and free of contaminants every time it flows through your vehicle’s engine.
Padron Automotive is the best auto shop in Topeka, KS, and, again, we’d be happy to check your automobile’s filters and change them if necessary.