The air filter in your vehicle is a filter in the engine compartment area of your vehicle that filters out dirt, debris and even small insects that could otherwise enter your engine and potentially cause damage. Your vehicle’s air filter is usually located in a black plastic box container on one side or the other of your main engine block area.
Your car’s air filter blocks contaminants that can harm your engine, but this is not its only function. The air filter also allows air needed by your car’s engine for its internal combustion process and to create the power needed to move your vehicle. Your car’s engine requires a constant flow of fresh air in order to keep your car moving. Therefore, if the filter is clocked or dirty, sufficient air flow cannot enter into your engine.
By ensuring that your car’s air filter remains clean and relatively free of dirt, debris and other contaminants, you will ensure that your vehicle is always in top running order. Make sure you change the air filter on your vehicle about every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. If you live in dusty areas, or in an area with many dirt or gravel roads, you should consider changing your air filter every 6,000 miles.
Periodically changing out the air filter in your vehicle will allow your vehicle to perform at its best. Also, when your engine receives adequate airflow, it doesn’t need to work as hard and will generally result in a more fuel-efficient vehicle that offers better gas mileage and saves you money.