Vehicles are an unusual mix of parts and systems, some of which are surprisingly simple and others that are highly refined. Even seemingly mundane components should be carefully examined by a professional.
Here Are 5 Filters To Change Regularly In Your Vehicle:
1. Engine Oil Filter
When changing your car’s oil, you may see that the engine filter is choked with dust and debris. This means it is doing its job! In fact, forgetting to change your car’s oil filter can cause some of the engine’s mechanical parts to wear out prematurely. For this reason, be sure to change yours at the recommended intervals. Do this more usually if you regularly drive on dusty routes.
2. Transmission Oil Filter
This filter is commonly found in vehicles with automatic transmissions. It should be changed every time the transmission oil is changed. However, if you frequently haul heavy loads, you should check this filter more often.
3. Air Filter
A clean air filter saves fuel, optimizes the cabin’s heating and defrosting systems, and prevents bad odors from spreading to the ventilation system. Ask your mechanic to inspect this filter periodically and replace it if necessary.
4. Cabin Filter
This fundamental filter ensures that the air you and your passengers breathe is as pure as possible. If you suffer from pollen allergy or have a family member with asthma, it is important to replace this filter on time.
5. Fuel filter
Last but not least, your fuel filter can affect your engine performance if it is dirty or damaged. Ask your mechanic to replace it at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals.
Here are the top reasons to change your air filter regularly:
The cabin air filter is all that stands between the air outside on the road and the interior of your car. The filter blocks a lot of smog and dirty exhaust left by other cars on the road, so regularly changing your air filter helps to ensure that unwanted pollutants don’t find their way into your car’s cabin.
Occasionally, debris such as leaves, small twigs, and acorns can find their way into your vehicle’s HVAC system through the exterior air ducts near your windshield. A leaf or a small twig here and there isn’t a big deal, but if too many of them find their way into an HVAC system it can affect the system’s efficiency and intended operation.
In extreme cases, this can actually damage the system which can be an expensive repair.
No, the horrible smell coming from your vent is not from something you just noticed. It is coming from not changing your cabin air filter. A dirty or overly clogged cabin air filter can cause a dusty, musty smell, especially when the HVAC system is on.
Changing your cabin air filter at regular intervals will ensure that your passengers don’t have to close their windows in the heat of summer or to get some fresh air in winter.
Failing to replace a dirty, clogged filter will affect the efficiency of the heating and cooling systems in your car. Poor efficiency can lead to other problems, including low airflow, foul odors in the cabin, or the premature wear of HVAC components.
We’ve covered the reasons to replace your cabin air filter, but what about the engine air filter?
Your engine needs clean air flow to run smoothly and avoid damage. Over time, the engine’s air filter will get dirty and slowly clog up, restricting airflow to the engine. This will stress the engine as less clean air can cycle through it.
Just as your lungs can fill with pollutants in the air, your car’s engine can be damaged if it “breathes” air that isn’t clean. That’s why changing the air filter is very important for you and your health.