Unintended Harm from a Dirty Air Filter

The air filters in your vehicle have an important job – keeping dust and debris out of the engine and the cabin. The cabin air filter keeps your air conditioning blowing and fan blowing fresh air into the vehicle. The engine air filter does the same thing for your vehicle’s engine – preventing contaminants from being mixed with the fuel in the engine.

Replacing the air filters is an important part of routine maintenance. But, what happens when you skip the service and continue driving with a dirty air filter?

Over time, the air filters in your vehicle become filled with the debris they collect. Harmful substances can get trapped in the filter. People inside the vehicle may start breathing more fumes or contaminants when the air filter is not working properly.

Clogged air filters can also prevent air flow. This leads to issues with cooling and heating. In the summer, the air conditioning may not be able to flow and keep you comfortable.

While this may not seem like a big deal, ignoring air flow issues can lead to larger issues with the HVAC system. Corrosion and inefficiencies can damage the heating and air conditioning systems. Ignoring a simple fix, like replacing the air filter, can lead to a more expensive repair to the other systems.

The optimal time to replace the air filters depends on several factors, including the environment (like spring pollen and allergens) and driving conditions (like dirt roads). Common advice recommends replacing them every 15,000 miles.

The experienced technicians at Harris Garage can inspect your air filters when your vehicle is in for an oil change. With regular vehicle maintenance and inspections, our experts can advise you about when to change the air filter for your vehicle.

To learn more about vehicle air filters or to schedule your next inspection at our Hayes auto repair shop, request an appointment online.