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Check your Four Filters – Air, Cabin, Fuel, Oil

Various car filters

Spring is the perfect time to change the four filters in your vehicle including air, cabin, fuel and oil. These filters keep the crud – dust and contaminants – from negatively affecting your engine, oil, fuel and inside the cabin. Clean filters can enhance the overall performance of your vehicle, increase fuel efficiency, and may even save you unnecessary costly repairs.

Let’s look at each of the filters:

Air Filter – allows your engine to breathe!

Located under the hood next to the engine’s intake manifold.

Person holding a dirty air filter that needs to be replaced
A dirty air filter that needs to be replaced

The air filter prevents insects, dust, particles and other debris from reaching the engine. It should be checked at least once a year or every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. Driving on dusty roads may require the air filter to be changed more frequently.

A clean air filter will improve airflow to your engine, so your car doesn’t have to work as hard. And it will help your vehicle burn less gas.

Cabin Filter – keeps the air inside your vehicle fresh and clean!

Located behind the glove box (but check your vehicle’s manual).

Man sitting in a car holding a clean and a dirty cabin filter
Clean and dirty cabin filters

If the cabin filter gets dirty, it can cause your air conditioning to work harder than necessary, which can eventually cause damage to your heating and cooling system.

Having clean air in your car is particularly important if you have any allergies or respiratory problems.

Check out our blog – Hah-choo! It’s allergy season – on the importance of changing out the cabin air filter.

Fuel Filter – keeps fuel running smoothly to the engine!

Located under the hood between your fuel tank and engine.

A person holding a car fuel filter
A fuel filter

The fuel filter removes impurities like dust, rust and grit contained in the fuel. When your filter is clogged the fuel pump works much harder and you may have problems starting or accelerating the car. And you may notice stalling.

Changing the fuel filter keeps the fuel injectors clean longer, which means more power, better gas mileage and longer engine life.

Oil Filter – maintains clean, continuous oil flow to your engine!

Located under the hood beside the oil pan.

A car oil filter
A car oil filter

The oil filter purifies the oil to make it more efficient. If little specks of hard substances get into the oil stream they can rub up and down against vital pieces of machinery and can wear them out much faster. The oil filter should be changed at each oil change

A clean oil filter will reduce engine wear and increase its lifespan.

Bottom line, clean filters are vital for the smooth-running and general wellbeing of your vehicle. Finally, spring wouldn’t be complete without ensuring your car is road-ready. Check out our blog – 6 Tips for Preparing your Car for Spring.

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