As you may already be aware, your vehicle engine is powered by a mixture of fuel and air. The Air Filter prevents debris and toxins from getting inside your engine, and is comparable to the lungs for your vehicle! A congested air filter can lead to:
- Decreased gas mileage efficiency
- Weakened engine performance and power
- Reduced engine life
Before any self-maintenance to your vehicle, you should always check your owner’s manual for the specified recommendations. But in general, an air filter should be changed at least once yearly or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Once you are sure that it’s time for your air filter to be replaced, make sure you follow these steps for success!
- Locate the air filter:
Before you begin replacement, be sure that your engine is completely cooled down. If it’s still hot from driving, take a minute to let the temperature subside. Once cool, the air filter is generally located in a plastic casing near the top of your engine. It should be the only plastic case near the top of the engine.
- Open the case:
Depending on your vehicle, you may need a basic toolkit to help you perform this task. Generally, metal clips hold together the air filter case to the top. You should be able to pop the case open by sliding a knife (or similar object) between the clip and plastic case. If your case is held together by screws, you will need to use the correct screwdriver to remove them.
Out with the old, and in with the new: Simply remove the old filter from the case, and remove any excess debris left in the case with a dry cloth. Once the case is cleaned, place the new filter in (right side up), close the top and reattach any clips or screws.
Congratulations! You now know how to replace your air filter without having to take it to your mechanic or specialist, saving you a good buck! We hope that these tips prove useful.