You are faithful about changing your automobile’s fluids per the maintenance schedule listed in your owner’s manual. Take a look at the maintenance schedule to see when the filters need to be changed, as well. All cars, trucks, and utility vehicles have three or four filters that need to be changed regularly. Primary Care Auto Repair can change the filters for you. In fact, if you bring your vehicle to us for oil changes, we are already changing the oil filter when it needs it.
The air filter is found in the engine and it does what its name suggests: it filters the engine air. Air flows into the engine and it is routed into the combustion chamber to be used for combustion. The air must be purified before it heads to the chamber, however. The air filter is responsible for this purification. Generally, the air filter must be changed every 12,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first.
Some vehicles also have an air filter in the cabin. If you have this filter, your owner’s manual will reflect this. On average, this filter is changed every 30,000 miles, but check your owner’s manual. Some filters need to be changed more frequently. This filter keeps the air inside your vehicle’s cabin clean and fresh. If you don’t have a cabin air filter, you have netting that does the same thing.
The fuel filter is critical because all diesel fuel and gasoline has contaminants and sediment in it. Even if you buy the most expensive fuel in town, there is going to be natural sediment and it. The fuel filter removes these contaminants and sediment by filtering the diesel fuel or gasoline twice. This filter needs to be changed every 30,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. A clogged fuel filter will cause engine performance problems such as poor fuel economy and difficulty starting your automobile. It’s important to understand that a clogged air filter will also cause these problems.
Finally, as we said above, if you bring your vehicle to us for oil changes, we change your oil filter every single time. This is why the service is called an oil and filter change. The oil filter makes sure to remove all of the dirt that the oil collects when it runs through the engine. This ensures that the oil is clean the next time it circulates through the engine.
Call Primary Care Auto Repair in Warwick, RI, today to schedule an appointment for a filter inspection and replacement. We will make sure to swap out any filters in your automobile that are dirty.