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Filter Changes Help to Maintain Engine Performance

Did you know that your car’s engine performance can be affected by clogged filters? It can. In fact, if the filters are clogged badly, you may not be able to get your car started, or you may damage your engine if you drive your automobile. Mark’s Auto Service can change your automotive filters when they need it. In fact, a filter change is part of an oil change, but that is just one of the filters you will find in your car, truck, or utility vehicle. Let’s talk about the different filters below, what they do, and the best time to get them changed generally.

Air

Your engine has an air filter that works tirelessly to clean the air that is needed in the combustion chamber. This filter needs to be changed once a year at a maximum. It should be changed every 12,000 miles, so if you drive that before the year is up, have the air filter changed then. A clogged air filter will affect your engine’s performance and your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Cabin

Your automobile may also have a cabin air filter that is designed to clean the air that flows through the vents. Not all vehicles have this filter, so check your owner’s manual to see if your car, truck, or UV has one. If it does, check to see when it needs to be changed because the general recommendations for changing the cabin air filter vary widely. Some people believe this filter needs to be changed frequently, while others believe that the filter can go 30,000 miles before it needs to be changed.

Fuel

You will also have engine performance issues and fuel economy loss if your fuel filter gets clogged. This filter makes sure that the fuel is clean before it is burned in the combustion chamber. In fact, the fuel filter actually runs the fuel through it twice to ensure there are no contaminants or sediment in the fuel. This filter needs to be changed every 30,000 miles. The maximum amount of time you should go without changing the fuel filter is two years.

Oil

Finally, as we mentioned above, the oil filter is automatically changed at every oil change. It is crucial that you have a clean oil filter in your automobile. The oil runs through the filter after it has circulated through the engine to remove the dirt and grime it picks up. A dirty oil filter will leave you with dirty oil in the engine, and this will damage it.

Call Mark’s Auto Service in Loves Park or Rockford, IL, to schedule a filter check today. We can change whatever filters need it.

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