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How Often Should I Change The Air Filter In My Car?

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How Often Should I Change The Air Filter In My Car?

The air filter in your car acts as its lungs. It prevents any impurities from entering the engine and helps maintain a steady flow of clean air throughout your car. Your car’s engine air filter collects dirt and debris and eventually needs to be replaced.

As a rough guide, your air filter should be changed every 15-30,000 miles, depending on your driving conditions. If you drive frequently, then you’ll have to have the air filter changed more regularly than if you only use your vehicle rarely.

When the air filter gets clogged or worn out, then the quality of air entering your engine will be affected. Each car manufacturer will have their own guidelines for how often the air filter should be replaced, but 30,000 miles is a good average to keep in mind. 

What To Look Out For

If you’re unsure when the air filter in your car was last replaced then it may be worth getting a professional opinion. Sometimes it can be easy to tell that your car needs an air filter replacement. If you find black areas on the section through which outside air enters, then the filter most likely needs replacing.

If the smoke coming out of your tailpipe is thick and black then the air filter most likely needs replacing, if you notice a plume of black smoke every time you pull away, then it’s time to get your air filter replaced. 

If you’re unsure of how many miles your car has gone since the last air filter change, but you know it’s been over three years then you should get it replaced, even if you haven’t used the car extensively. If you notice any issues with the ignition when you start your vehicle, then it may also be worth getting the filter replaced. 

The good news is that a new filter is relatively inexpensive and your car’s manual will be able to tell you which replacement you need. It’s better to be proactive about getting your air filter replaced, so if you think it may need a change, then it’s best to be on the safe side and get it checked out. It’s not just your engine that can suffer if the filter is blocked, bad air quality can circulate internally and potentially cause harm to you and your passengers. 

Jiffy Lube Can Help

Jiffy Lube can help with getting your air filter changed. Just like humans, your car needs to be able to breathe properly and a clean air filter helps ensure optimal fuel combustion and engine performance. 

The cabin air filter will also help to keep the internal air in your car clean so you and your passengers can breathe easily. The experts at Jiffy Lube can replace the air filter for you and get your car breathing easy again!


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