How a Dirty Air Filter Can Affect Car Performance

Did you know that your engine has an air filter? This component is responsible for blocking out the dust, dirt, debris, and other foreign pollutants that can get in the way of your engine’s operation. Think about it – the engine needs a balanced air and fuel mixture. It always needs clean air to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.

Similar to the cabin filter, oil filter, and fuel filter, you will need to replace this air filter over time. After a while, the filter will collect a significant amount of particles, which will clog up the filter. If you leave a dirty air filter in your engine long enough, the airflow will start to block up. As a result, the engine will not receive a consistent amount of clean air. This can cause your engine to work harder than it needs to, thus burning more fuel. 

Furthermore, a clogged air filter can affect your vehicle’s overall performance. If your car doesn’t get enough air or too much fuel, it can cause the engine to sputter. Don’t be surprised if your vehicle hesitates before acceleration.

Depending on your vehicle’s manufacturer, the recommended intervals for air filter replacements can vary. A good rule of thumb is to simply check it as often as you can. A dirty filter will look full and have a grayish tint. 

Your filter can also get dirty quicker in certain conditions. For instance, a driver in the city with higher pollution levels may need to change their filter more often than a motorist living in the suburbs or rural areas. The same goes for someone that operates their vehicle in dusty climates.

Next time your vehicle is due for service, don’t hesitate to ask the experts at Mazur’s Total Automotive to check on your air filter. We perform quick and affordable filter changes so that you can return to the road no problem. Please call or visit our auto repair shop soon!