What To Do When Air Filter Is In Need Of Replacement

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Opinions differ about how often a car air filter need to be replaced. Where you live and just how often you drive obviously effects simply how much dust and dirt your vehicle is sucking in every day.

The principle to changing air filters is every 12,000 miles - or one per year - to keep your car running efficiently and at proper acceleration.

In studies, it's been shown that keeping it clean can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent.

Undoubtedly about it, a clean air filter affects your car's performance. A brand new air filter might be the answer if your car is responding more slowly or perhaps your not getting exactly the same pick up you're used to.

Go back up to speed by following these step-by-step instructions:

How you can Replace an Air Filter

Open the hood, prop it up safely, and locate the filter housing (usually inside a black plastic case secured with metal clips around the sides or wing nuts on top.)

Work with a flat-head screwdriver to flip the clips downward. If there are wing nuts on the top of the filter housing, carefully unscrew them and immediately put them in a pocket or some other place where they won't go missing.

Remove the old filter and take note of the way sits from the housing (when you replace it with the new air filter.)

By pushing it down snuggly into the rubber gaske, put in the new filter and securet

Put the casing back, flip the clips back and/or hand tighten the wing nuts, and you're done.

- What you'll need: new replacement air filter, and a flat-head screwdriver (optional)

- Cost: around $40.

- Time: 5-10-20 minutes