Neglecting to change your car air filter can have serious consequences. Most likely, the engine check light will come on, and this can cause the engine to stop working completely. Outdoor debris can build up over time and wreak havoc on the combustion chamber, making it difficult for the engine to get air in. This can lead to a drop in engine power, abrupt running, and a decrease in fuel economy.
The cabin air filter also needs to be changed regularly. This filter prevents pollution such as dirt, dust, smoke, smog, pollen, mold spores and exhaust gases from entering a vehicle's cabin through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. It also helps maintain the air conditioning system and provides clean air inside the passenger compartment. If you're driving in a sandy or dusty area, you may need to change the filter more often than the recommended time for your vehicle.
If you've recently noticed that you need to refill your gas tank more often than usual, it's probably time to check your air filter. The air filter resembles a bunch of stiff cloth folded into an accordion, and acts just like the one in your house, trapping incoming dirt so it doesn't get into the rest of the system. However, even if your driver information system tells you to change your air filter and skip homework for a few weeks, you should not delay buying a new one or not replacing it at all. Neglecting to change your car air filter can cause permanent damage to your engine and other components of your vehicle.
The location of the air filter varies by vehicle, so consult your owner's manual to find out exactly where the filter is located. The News Wheel is a digital automotive magazine that gives readers a new perspective on the latest car news.