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Keep Your Car Breathing Well: Change the Air Filters

Keep Your Car Breathing Well: Change the Air Filters

You need clean air to breathe and so does your car, and a vehicle's air filters make that possible. The non-profit Car Care Council reminds car owners to have the engine and cabin air filters inspected and changed regularly to ensure vehicle longevity and interior comfort.

"Air filters are your vehicle's first line of defense against contaminants that reduce cabin air quality and negatively impact engine performance," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Community car care events held throughout the country reveal that nearly one out of five vehicles is in need of air filter replacement, so it's evident that motorists often overlook this simple, yet important service."

The vehicle's engine air filter traps dirt particles that can cause damage to engine cylinders, cylinder walls, pistons, piston rings and bearings, leading to the engine losing power. The air filter also plays a critical role in keeping pollutants from contaminating the airflow sensor on fuel-injected cars. A normal wear item that requires regular checks and replacement, air filters should be inspected at each oil change and replaced annually or when showing other signs of contamination.

The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air entering the passenger compartment. Under normal circumstances, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that may find their way into a vehicle's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, compromising interior air quality and damaging the system. Most cabin air filters are accessed through the panel in the HVAC housing, which may be under the hood or placed within the interior of the vehicle. A cabin air filter should not be cleaned and reinstalled. Instead, it should be replaced every 12,00 to 15,000 miles or per the owner's manual.

To help motorists "be car care aware," the Car Care Council has free tools available on its website, including a personalized service schedule, an 80-page Car Care Guide in English and Spanish, and a Car Care Minute video about cabin air filters.

Source: Car Care Council

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I took my car in on Thursday. It was ready Saturday. They fixed the harmonic balancer on my 1982 Ford LTD. My car runs better than before. I highly recommend Skyline Automotive! They gave me a 2-year/24,000 mile warranty. My new place for all my automotive needs!
, 10/05/2020
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Definitely recommend - especially for European cars. Maciek at Skyline Automotive is a great mechanic - honest and professional. I purchased a Range Rover via an Internet auction and flew into Little Rock from South Carolina to take delivery of it. When I picked it up, it had a transmission leak and the transmission had also been overfilled by the prior owner. I needed to get on the road that day, and was lucky to have found Maciek through a referral by AAA. He quickly diagnosed and repaired the leak even fabricating a clamp that we needed to get me on the road that day. He checked the car over for us to ensure that we could make the 1000 mile drive. Our trip home was uneventful (mechanically speaking) and he even called me the next morning (Saturday) to check in to see if everything was OK. If I lived in Little Rock I would make this shop my regular mechanic.