Replacing the engine air filter may be quick and easy, but it’s actually a crucial part of maintaining your car, truck, or SUV. Automakers recommend that you change the engine air filter every 30,000 to 45,000 miles, although the specific interval will vary based on your make and model. We recommend checking your owner’s manual for details first to see if the manufacturer provides guidelines for your vehicle.
Below, we’ll look at how often to change the engine air filter, and other service intervals. Contact the Jack Phelan Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram service center to speak with a certified technician in Countryside — we’re happy to answer any further car-care and maintenance questions!
The engine air filter does the important work of protecting your engine from dirt, dust, sand, and other contaminants. Over time, the engine air filter gets clogged and becomes less effective — leaving your engine vulnerable to debris that can work its way inside and disrupt performance. Look out for the following warning signs that your engine air filter needs to be replaced:
A clogged or dirty engine air filter can also have a negative impact on fuel economy. However, the difference won’t be noticeable unless you record how many miles you now get from a full tank, and compare the figure with the mileage you should be getting.
Some driving habits or conditions cause your engine air filter to clog more quickly than normal. If you often drive on dirt or gravel roads, or in heavy traffic on hot days, you’ll need to replace the engine air filter more frequently than the manufacturer-recommended interval in your owner’s manual.
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