We could all stand to save money in today’s economy. It might seem hard to believe, but a quick change of your European automobile’s air filter can save you money in the long run. If you don’t want to change the part yourself, we’d be happy to swap out your old and dirty air filter for a new one here at Kinetech Motor Werkes. Here’s how changing your air filter regularly increases your vehicle’s efficiency and performance.
What the Air Filter Does
The basic purpose of a vehicle’s air filter is to prevent debris, dirt, dust, and environmental contaminants from making their way into the engine. Air is drawn into the engine to help keep it cool and for mixing with fuel. This air and fuel mixture is pushed into the cylinders and detonated in the combustion chamber, and it is this detonation that fires up your car and keeps it running.
Clean Air Filters Boost Fuel Economy
Just like your home’s furnace filter, and automobile’s filter will get dirty over time. Grime builds up on the filter’s surface each time it collects the grunge you don’t want in your car’s engine. Eventually, the filter will get clogged with this dirt and grime and your fuel economy will suffer. The less air in the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber the harder your engine must work. A clean air filter keeps the flowing into the combustion chamber and the engine running economically.
This Also Prolongs Your Engine’s Life
Even a tiny grain of dirt can damage your engine. Parts such as the cylinders and pistons must be protected from any outside contaminant. The air filter prevents everything but clean air from making its way into these and other engine parts, which means a clean air filter can prolong your engine’s life. If you change it when it needs it, you keep fresh, filtered air flowing through your engine at all times, and this helps prevent engine damage that can shorten the engine’s life.
Clean Air Filters Prevent Harmful Emissions
Finally, as a clogged air filter prevents enough clean air from entering the engine, the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber becomes too fuel-heavy. This not only damages the spark plugs and causes your engine to sputter and misfire, but it also introduces more carbon gases into your vehicle’s exhaust. A clean filter helps keep your European automobile cleaner for the environment, which also means you’ll pass your emissions test each time you are required to take it.
You should change your filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles depending on how dirty it gets. Stop by Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC, and we can change it for you.