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Why Do I Need To Replace My Air Filter?

Why Do I Need An Air Filter? 
A clean air filter is vital for the health of your engine, ensuring it performs efficiently and extends its lifespan. At Wayside Garage in Seaside, CA, we recently examined a Ford truck with a significantly dirty air filter that had accumulated what looked to be around 100,000 miles of grit and debris. This example underscores the necessity of routine air filter checks and replacements.

Why Replace Your Air Filter Regularly?

Protecting Your Engine:  
The air filter acts as the lungs of your engine, filtering out dust, dirt, and other pollutants before they can enter the engine compartment. A clogged air filter restricts airflow, causing the engine to work harder, which can lead to increased fuel consumption and, over time, significant engine wear.

Recommendation for Air Filter Replacement: 
While the general recommendation might be to change your air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, vehicle usage and environmental factors can affect this interval. At Wayside Garage, we suggest an annual replacement, though this may vary based on your driving habits and conditions. A simple check can reveal if your filter needs attention sooner.

Not sure when you last replaced your air filter? Don’t let a dirty filter compromise your engine’s performance. Call Wayside Garage at 831-899-2425 for a quick inspection or replacement to keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently.

Regularly replacing your vehicle's air filter is a simple yet crucial maintenance task that can significantly impact the health and efficiency of your engine. Stay on top of this task to ensure optimal vehicle performance and longevity.


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