A vehicle’s air filter purpose is much like the filters in our own body. It makes sure impurities do not pass through and contaminate other parts of your engine.
Air Filter Purpose and Importance
Typically, inside a plastic box attached to the throttle body of your vehicle, is the air filter. The box helps keep out some dirt from the air intake system. Yet, the air filter keeps all dirt and other foreign debris out of the air intake system.
The air intake system draws in outside air. Then it mixes that air with gasoline to cause the engine combustion process. In turn, this gives your vehicle power. Simple science reminds us that it takes air to make something burn. The more air the bigger the combustion, thus more power.
A dirty air filter means less air can flow into the engine. Consequently, this causes the air and gas mixture to be out of proportion. More gas than air makes your vehicle sluggish and noticeably slower.
Air Filter Maintenance
It is important to have your air filter checked regularly. However, it ranges from vehicle to vehicle on how often you need to change it. Traveling often on dirt (non-paved) roads or in heavy traffic, you may need to have it changed more frequently.
Typically, during routine oil changes, they check the air filter. At the same time, it is a good idea to know the warning signs of a dirty air filter.
- Reduced horsepower
- Engine light comes on
- Filter is no longer white or off-white
- Engine misfires
- Your gas mileage worsens
If any of these signs present themselves, then it is time to check the air filter. Bring it to Kernersville Auto Center to have it checked and replaced. Their experienced technicians will answer any questions about air filter purpose you may have. In addition, they will show you what a dirty one looks like, so that you can prevent problems in the future.
At Kernersville Auto Center they can take care of all of your vehicle’s needs, from the annual state inspection to a brake job. Finish off the visit with an Xpress Car Wash in their state-of-the-art facility!