The air filter is an important part of the vehicle’s intake system. It allows the engine to "breathe" without the threat of contamination. An engine needs a precise mixture of fuel and air in order to run efficiently. Air enters the system through the air filter which catches the dirt and other foreign particles, preventing them from entering the system and possibly damaging your engine.
Changing your car's filters on a regular basis can have a significant impact on engine life and performance. Check your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommended intervals, but depending upon where and how you drive a good rule of thumb is every 12 months or 12,000 miles. Our technicians at The Car Doctor in Falls Church can quickly replace your car’s air filter. Give us a call at 703-560-8870 to schedule an appointment with us!
As air filters get clogged with dirt, grime, and debris, the volume of intake air is restricted, decreasing performance and engine power. If ignored long enough, a contaminated air filter can cause your engine to work harder, negatively impacting both efficiency and fuel economy. There is little safety risk, just decreased power and performance. But, neglecting your air filter can have a big impact on the environment.