An air filter is responsible for keeping hazardous particles out of the engine, ensuring that only clean, debris-free air reaches the engine's combustion chamber. A clean air filter allows the engine's mechanism to work by allowing the proper ratio of air to fuel since airflow is necessary for the operation.
- If the air filter is clogged, contaminants may endanger the engine parts producing corrosion, and abrasion, and may cause the engine performance to deteriorate, potentially resulting in engine failure.
- Changing the air filter of your vehicle is necessary to extend the life of your engine and keep it performing at its best.
- Additionally, air filters should be checked and replaced regularly to optimize fuel efficiency and acceleration. Without the air filter, vehicle acceleration will increase horsepower but will give a number of consequences, such as turbocharger damage, as for example, debris may go inside the air intake hose, and will cause broken vanes inside the turbocharger assembly.
It is best to include cleaning of air filters every periodic maintenance of your vehicle to prevent these risks. Generally, replacement of air filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but these intervals could be lower depending on the driving condition. You may visit your authorized dealerships or repair service shops for air filter cleaning and replacement. Aftermarket air filters can also be used but other product variants might need air filter compartment replacement that fits with its dimensions.
To replace the filter element, remove the cover from the air cleaner. Lift out the filter element and check its condition. An oil filter element usually indicates the crankcase ventilating system, is carrying oil into the air cleaner. Wipe all dust and oil out of the air-cleaner housing or tray. Make sure the plastic rings or seals on bo the sides of the element are smooth and fit properly, top and bottom. Install the filter element and cover