How Often Do I Need to Change My Engine Air Filter?

An auto mechanic wearing protective work gloves holds a dirty, clogged air filter over a car engine during general auto maintenance.

It’s easy for many Minneapolis area drivers to overlook replacing your engine air filter, but it is a crucial part of maintaining your car, truck, or SUV. The schedule for replacing an engine air filter varies depending on the make and model of your vehicle, but most automakers recommend that a new air filter be installed every 30,000 to 45,000 miles.

It’s best to check your owner’s manual to find the recommended schedule for your vehicle. If you need help replacing your engine air filter just stop by Cornerstone Plymouth and let our certified auto technicians take care of the job for you.

What Does an Engine Air Filter Do?

An engine air filter works to keep dirt, dust, sand, and other contaminants from getting inside the engine. The filter can get dirty and clogged over time, reducing its effectiveness and negatively affecting your vehicle performance. Some of the warning signs that indicate your engine air filter should be replaced include:

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Misfiring spark plugs
  • Black smoke from the exhaust
  • Service Engine light comes on

A clogged or dirty engine air filter can also affect gas mileage, although the change may be slight and not readily apparent to most Maple Grove drivers.

Replacement Schedule

The recommended schedule for replacing your engine air filter will be in your owner’s manual, but if you often drive on dirt or gravel roads, or in heavy traffic on hot days, you should change the filter more often. On most cars the engine air filter is easy to access, so visually checking it from time to time is a good idea. It’s also easy to replace the filter yourself. Just open the air filter compartment, remove the old filter, and drop in a new one. Of course, if you’d rather have a professional handle it, just stop by the service center at Cornerstone Plymouth.

Keep Your Car Running in Top Condition at Cornerstone Plymouth

In our state-of-the-art service center in Plymouth we can take care of all your recommended vehicle maintenance in an efficient and timely manner. Whether your car requires an engine or cabin filter replacement, brake maintenance, or tire rotation, we’ll get the job done asap and have you safely back on the road. You can also find out how to check your oil, and discover why it’s important to replace it on a consistent basis. We have additional details on what to do if your car overheats.

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