How Often Should You Change Your Auto Filter?

Your vehicle has all types of filters. Every one of them is important for your vehicle to run smoothly. When they become clogged or dirty, it can cause a wide variety of problems. Take a look at the types of filters your vehicle has and how often you should replace them.

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Air Filters

A vehicle’s air filters are responsible for cleaning the air that goes into the engine. If you’ve seen an older car with its engine sputtering and puffing out black smoke, it’s usually because of a bad air filter. But before it gets to that point, your vehicle will let you know that it’s time to change the air filter when you see a decrease in gas mileage, have ignition problems, and/or hear weird noises. As a general rule, air filters should be replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.

Cabin Filters

Your vehicle’s cabin filters purify the air inside the vehicle as your drive. It does this by filtering out dust, pollen, and other air contaminants. Cabin filters are rectangular and are located in the ductwork that delivers outside air to the HVAC system. That ductwork can be under the hood, behind the glove compartment, or under the dashboard. The cabin filters’ location will determine how difficult or how easy it is to replace them. Have your mechanic check for it and replace it every 30,000 miles. 

Oil Filters

All gas-powered vehicles require oil. Oil lubricates the many engine components that work together to make the vehicle run. Without this oil, your vehicle will overheat, and its parts will wear out prematurely. Your vehicle’s oil filter keeps debris and dirt out of the oil while the engine is running. It’s good practice to have your oil filter replaced every time you change your oil. Typically, this means every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. 

Fuel Filters

When fuel comes out of a refinery, it’s clean. However, once it’s loaded into a truck and put into gas station tanks, it can become contaminated. That’s where fuel filters come in. They’re responsible for keeping dirt, grime, and water out of your engine. This filter is located in the vehicle’s fuel line. Before fuel goes into the fuel injector, it must pass through the fuel filter screen. You can usually tell when it’s time to replace your fuel filter since your vehicle may move more sluggish than normal, but as a general rule, replace it every two years or every 30,000 miles. 

Time to Change Your Auto Filters?

When it’s time to change your auto filters, bring your car into Ken’s Automotive and Transmissions. Our experienced auto technicians can replace your filter quickly, easily, and conveniently. Click here to schedule an appointment. 

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