When Do I Need to Change My Air and Fuel Filters?

It’s important that you change your air and fuel filter when they need it, and it is also important that you change your other automobile filters when they need it. Every car, truck, and utility vehicle on the road has three filters that need to be changed regularly. Many automobiles also have a fourth filter to protect the air found on the inside of the vehicle’s cabin. Scotty’s Automotive can change your filters for you. Here is a list of your automotive filters and when they need to be changed.

Air Filter

Changing the air filter is easy to remember. You must do it once a year or after you’ve driven 12,000 miles. Changing the air filter is critical to your engine’s performance. The filter purifies the air before it is routed into the combustion chamber. A clogged air filter can reduce your gas mileage significantly and cause your engine to stutter and struggle to run.

Cabin Air Filter

If your vehicle has a cabin air filter, and you can find this out by checking your owner’s manual, it needs to be changed every 30,000 miles on average. The cabin air filter protects the interior air by purifying it. It helps remove dirt, allergens, pollens, and other irritants so you are breathing fresh air in your vehicle’s cabin. Don’t worry if you don’t have a cabin air filter. You have netting that does the same job.

Fuel Filter

The fuel filter removes contaminants and sediment from the fuel. It does so twice to make sure that the fuel is completely purified by the time it makes its way to the combustion chamber. The fuel filter needs to be changed every two years. If you drive more than 30,000 miles before a two-year time period, you must change the fuel filter then. We cannot stress enough how important it is that you have a clean fuel filter in your automobile. A dirty fuel filter can cause the same problems that a dirty air filter can cause in your vehicle’s engine.

Oil Filter 

Finally, you don’t need to worry about changing your oil filter because we do that automatically for you. The oil filter gets changed when you have an oil change done on your car. Therefore, this filter is changed every 3,000 miles. Failing to change the oil filter can leave your engine overheating and cause severe damage.

Now that you know when all of your automotive filters need to be changed, you probably have a list of services that need to be done. Scotty’s Automotive in Montague, NJ, would be happy to help. Call us today.

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