Air Filters are essential for the vehicle to operate at maximum capacity. By admitting optimal airflow to the vehicle to keep the engine nice and clean, air filters keep harm out of sight. Most professionals say that you should be changing your air filter anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 miles driven. If you live in a populated city, there is so much pollution and traffic you should consider changing your filter around the 6,000-mile marker. These are 9 air filter warnings you need to pay attention to as a car owner.
Air Filter Looks Dirty
If your air filter is brand new, it should appear to be white or an off-tint of white. As time progresses the filter will accumulate dust and dirt, and eventually turn darker shades in color. When examining the air filter, view it with a flashlight since dust particles sometimes cannot be seen with ease. If it appears dirty it probably means replacing it is inevitable.
Engine Sounds Unusual
When it comes to your engine there should always be a rhythmic hum to it, and especially when the car is moving. Pay attention to your car and if you see or hear the car vibrating, or noises of possible vehicle slipping, that could be an indication of air filter issues. This condition occurs because of the spark plugs being damaged from a clogged air filter.
Car Service Light
Your car engine works by compiling thousands of gallons of H2o within a single gallon of gasoline to power your vehicle. Insufficient air can potentially lead to deposits growing on the engine, which may lead to your cars’ service light turning on. If the car service light does turn on, look at your air filter to see if it’s dirty.
Vehicle Speed (Horsepower) Reduced
When driving, take a step back to notice the power of acceleration within your vehicle. If your vehicle doesn’t act the way it normally should when you push the gas, and/or if you notice sudden jerking motions, it’s a strong sign that the airflow to your engine needs some maintenance. If this happens, double-check your air filter and replace it, if needed.
Strong Scent Of Gasoline
The scent of gasoline usually emanates from a non-sufficient amount of oxygen entering the vehicle’s carburetor or fuel ejection system. When you turn the key over and start the vehicle, the excess fuel leaves unburned through the exhaust pipes. You should start to notice the odor of gasoline exiting the vehicle. This is the perfect time to replace the vehicle’s air filter.
This can be a sign that your air filter is in need of replacement as it impacts your fuel efficiency. The engine recoups lost amounts of H2O by having to consume more gasoline to produce the power necessary to move the vehicle. By maintaining a clean air filter, you will save on the cost of gasoline.
This is, by far, the easiest way to tell that your air filter is dirty. When your engine does not start up or stutters, it means the air filter has collected too much dirt over time. This generally occurs when your car sits idle for long periods of time.
Smoke Or Flames Leave Exhaust
Lack of airflow can end up in some of the gasoline not being used or exiting the vehicle entirely. Black smoke is a sign that you really need to schedule an appointment with your local mechanic shop. In other scenarios, you may hear popping noises or see fire spitting out of your exhaust.
Poor Economical Fuel
There always needs to be an abundant supply of oxygen within the engine to create the power needed to run. When air filters become blocked, this prevents the correct amount of oxygen to flow into the engine which will consume more fuel in the long run.
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