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Everything You Need to Know About Car Filters

Replacing your car’s filters is as important as changing the oil. There are four filters in your automobile, and each has a different job. Cergizan’s Auto and Truck Repair can change your automotive filters when they need it. Let’s talk about what they are, what they do, and when they need to be changed.

Air Filter

The air filter in your engine helps purify the air that goes into the combustion chamber. You need air to breathe, and your automobile needs air to fire up and run. Naturally, as air is drawn into the engine, it has a ton of dirt and debris in it, including insects and road grime. These things can seriously damage your engine if they make their way from the outside into the combustion chamber. The air filter ensures this doesn’t happen. It’s important to change your air filter every 12,000 miles. This keeps the oxygen flowing into your engine and increases its performance and fuel economy.

Cabin Air Filter

The air filter in your vehicle’s cabin is generally a carbon activated filter. This works much like your home air filter does in your heating and air-conditioning units. The cabin filter prevents bacteria, dirt, pollen, and other pollution from flowing through your vents into your vehicle’s interior. This keeps you from suffering from things such as headaches, allergies, and fatigue when you’re driving your car. Changing the cabin air filter every 30,000 miles keeps the air in your vehicle’s cabin clean and fresh.

Fuel Filter

Just as your vehicle needs air, it also needs fuel. Air and fuel are combined and the spark plugs detonate it to get your engine up and running. The fuel filter removes contaminants out of the gasoline or diesel fuel before it is pushed through to the engine by the fuel pump. Contaminants, such as the sediment in the bottom of your gas tank, can damage your engine as much as dirt in the air can. Change your fuel filter at the milestone that comes first: 30,000 miles or two years.

Oil Filter

Finally, the oil filter is unique. It doesn’t clean the oil before it is circulated through your engine. Rather, it cleans the oil at the end of its cycle to remove the dirt and grime the oil picked up from the engine parts. Clean motor oil is critical to the life of your engine. A new oil filter should be put in every time you change your oil. This prevents an old and dirty filter from contaminating the new motor oil. Changing the oil every 3,000 miles is a good rule of thumb.

Call Cergizan’s Auto and Truck Repair in Chesterton, IN, to schedule an appointment for your vehicle’s filter changes. We’ll get you back on the road with clean filters ready to do their jobs.

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