You might not know that changing your car’s air filter and fuel filter is almost as important as changing the oil. Your last oil change might have included a fuel filter change but if it didn’t, your fuel filter could be nearly useless because of the repeated buildup of dust and debris.
As for the air filter, you probably wouldn’t even be able to guess the last time it was replaced.
So are these services really necessary? How important is it to replace these filters? Well, here are the basics of car filters:
The fuel filter works to trap debris in gasoline, ranging from dirt particles to rust. When the filter becomes old and clogged, the debris is no longer filtered out, causing rapid wear of the fuel injection system and fuel pump. In addition, the fuel efficiency of the car will decrease.
Again if the fuel filter is not replaced at regular intervals, it will begin to rust and adhere to the fuel line, making it extremely difficult to remove it and install a new one. Having it replaced at the appropriate times will prevent these hassles.
This filter is meant to cleanse the air that is traveling through the engine area. If said air contains dust, debris, gravel, or sand, the air filter will trap these particles and prevent them from entering the engine. In addition, the air filter cleanses the air that enters the vehicle cabin. So it not only creates clean air for the engine, but it also creates clean air for the passengers.
Over time the air filter becomes clogged and less effective. To compensate, the engine will use more fuel to try to extract the air, wasting gas. The performance of your engine and your car’s fuel efficiency will be greatly aided by a new air filter, a simple auto service that does not cost that much.
For more information on when to replace these filters, check your owner’s manual. Been awhile since you’ve replaced these? Come on down to the Dick Dyer Toyota Service Department and we will take care of all of your maintenance needs today!