Changing Your Air Filter

Air, like fuel, is very important in your vehicle. The function of the air filter is to keep the inside of the engine free from dust and debris. Properly maintained air filters will help your air conditioner, keep air freely flowing, and help your car perform at its best. Air filters are not expensive, and they can be replaced easily. You can do this by yourself at your home. An air filter that is clogged can affect the performance of your car in a variety of ways.

When changing your air filter, keep these tips in mind:

  • Find the proper replacement air filter. Obviously, it looks exactly like the replacement that you have. Check your car’s manual, research online, or ask a mechanic if you can’t locate the part that you are looking for.
  • Secure your vehicle. Park your car on a ground level and set the parking break. If your car is a manual transmission, put it in first gear. If you have an automatic car, put it in the “Park” mode, and turn off the ignition.
  • Open the hood. Open your hood and start looking for your air filter.
  • Find the location of the air filter in your car. Air filters are usually placed above the engine. For older cars, look for the carburetor. Air filters are usually placed under the round and bulky cover made of metal or plastic. For newer model cars that are fuel injected, find the air filter housing. This is usually rectangular or square. This is found between the engine and the front grill.
  • Remove the cover of the air filter. Open the air conduct by loosening the hose clamp. Unscrew the air filter cover to open it. Keep the screws so you will know where to find them later. Remove the cover and lift the housing. Ask a mechanic if you are not sure about what you are doing.
  • Take the air filter out. Take the dirty and used air filter. Cover the engine to keep dust from coming into the engine.
  • Place the new filter. After placing the new filter, don’t forget to put the cover of the air filter back on. Ensure that the cap is securely closed.