What is an engine air filter?
An air filter is a device that helps to remove impurities from the air, and it is an essential component of any engine. Air filters work by trapping particles in the air, such as dust, pollen, and smog, and preventing them from entering the engine. This helps to keep the engine clean and free of debris, which can improve its performance and extend its lifespan. Most air filters are made of paper or cloth, and they need to be replaced regularly in order to continue working effectively.
How often should I change my Engine Air Filter?
It depends where you drive. Driving in dusty conditions will cause the filter to get dirty sooner. If you don't change your engine air filter, the impurities in the air will slowly build up and clog the filter. This can reduce the airflow to the engine, which can cause it to run less efficiently. Over time, the build up can be bad enough the engine will start to pull the dirt through the filter. It's important to check your air filter regularly and replace it as needed in order to avoid these problems. Replacing your air filter is a simple and important part of car maintenance that can help to keep your engine running smoothly for years to come. Normal maintenance intervals for an engine air filter is 30,000 miles
I have a K&N air filter. Do I have to replace it when it gets dirty?
No. K&N filters are cleanable cloth type filters. There is a special cleaning soap that must be sprayed onto the filter. After the soap sits on the filter for a few minutes it can be rinsed with warm water. This removes the dirt and oil from the filter. The filter must be allowed to dry after cleaning. After it is dry a light coating of oil must be sprayed on the filter to help the filter capture fine dirt partials. Caution must be taken not to over oil the filter because excess oil can ruin sensors in the cars engine.
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