Why Do Engine Air Filters Need to Be Swapped?

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When it comes to routine vehicle maintenance, engine air filters are often neglected by drivers who don’t regularly stop in for service. Wondering why old engine air filters need to be swapped out with new filters? Below, the service team here at Hogan Chevrolet has highlighted everything drivers need to know about the importance of having a clean engine air filter inside your vehicle. 

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What Are Engine Air Filters? 

Engine air filters play an important role in your vehicle’s performance and overall engine health. This filter prevents the engine compartment from getting clogged by and potentially damaged from exterior contaminants such as dirt, dust, and sand. Along with fresh engine oil, a clean engine air filter is one of the most important lines of defense your engine has from the elements. 

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Why Do Engine Air Filters Need to Be Replaced?

Over time, engine air filters become dirty and clogged up, preventing them from effectively protecting the engine from outside contamination. When this occurs, drivers will likely notice a reduction in engine performance and fuel economy, as less oxygen is able to make its way into the engine, hindering its operation. In extreme cases, refusing to change an old engine air filter can even result in engine damage. 

How Often Should Drivers Replace Engine Air Filters?  

The recommended interval for engine air filter swapping can vary by make and model. For information specific to your make and model, consult the owner’s manual for your vehicle. Typically, automotive experts recommend a filter swap every 48,000 to 72,000 kilometres. However, drivers who regularly take their vehicle down dusty or rural roads may require more frequent filter swaps. 

Get Your Filter Swapped at Hogan Chevrolet 

Hogan Chevrolet, located at 5000 Sheppard Ave E. in Scarborough, Ontario, is the perfect place for you to stop in for an engine air filter swap. Drivers can book a service appointment right here on the Hogan Chevrolet website. Have any questions for our team? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (844) 939 – 0240.