Air filters clean the air that flows to the engine and cabin of your car or truck. Since these systems are kept separate, most cars or trucks need two separate air filters. Because of this, there are two basic types of air filter for your vehicle.
Cabin air filters remove dust, soot, pollen, and pollution from the air that your heat and AC sends through the vents on your car or truck. If you have allergy symptoms or headaches while driving, it may mean that you need a new cabin air filter. Cabin air filters catch nearly 100% of pollutants in the air you breathe while driving. As it cleans air, the filter eventually becomes too clogged with dust and pollen to do its job. You should replace your cabin air filter every 12,000-15,000 miles, or with every third or fourth oil change to make sure you’re breathing the cleanest air possible.
Engine air filters also clean air, but it’s the air that flows into your car or truck’s engine. When air enters your intake, the first thing it hits is the air filter, which takes all of the dust, soot and debris out of it. If the dust were to pass through, it could damage your engine by getting into your cylinders and forming a buildup. This buildup will reduce your acceleration, power, and fuel economy. So, air filters are very important. To prevent air problems, change your engine air filter every 20,000-30,000 miles, or every four or five oil changes. You can check your air filter by finding its compartment under the hood and checking it for black spots. If you see any, change the filter. Blain’s Farm & Fleet’s Service Center will change your air filter with no labor charge with an oil change.
Blain’s Farm & Fleet offers a variety of high performance, washable air filters that can boost your car or truck’s power and fuel economy, and that never have to be replaced.