Your car’s filters are easy and inexpensive to replace at your local auto repair shop, especially when compared with the cost of replacing your entire engine. That may seem like an exaggeration, but over time, clogged filters can cause your engine to break down completely. Read on to learn about the many filters inside your vehicle and when they will need to be replaced.
Oil Filter The oil filter is responsible for cleaning contaminants from the engine and extending the life of your oil. This filter should be inspected and replaced (if necessary) every time you bring your car in for an oil change.
Air Filter Engines require adequate airflow in order to function. But because outside air is usually filled with pollution, dirt, and other debris, carmakers install air filters to protect the engine and ensure optimal performance. Dirty air filters can also negatively affect your vehicle’s fuel economy. Have your mechanic inspect the air filter during your bi-annual tune-up.
Cabin Air Filter This filter ensures that the air you and your passengers are breathing is clean and safe. Among other problems, a dirty or clogged air filter renders your defroster unusable as air is unable to flow into the cabin. Replace your cabin air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.
Fuel Filter The fuel filter is responsible for filtering out fuel contaminates before they are circulated through the engine. Unless your car is equipped with a “lifetime” fuel filter, ask your mechanics to check the filter every time you get an oil change.
To have your filters inspected and replaced, come to Casey Automotive. We have three locations in Chicago, and we are proud to serve the Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Prospect Heights neighborhoods. For more information about the car repair and maintenance services we offer, call us at (847) 934-6602.