Changing the air filter is a part of regular maintenance that should not be neglected. The job of an air filter is such that it prevents poor fuel mileage, poor engine performance and even reduced engine life. They take the bad particles out of the air before they can enter into your engine and cause major problems at a later time.
By doing this on a regular basis, you ensure the proper performance of your new electric vehicle and prevent major breakdowns before they occur. Your car’s manual will tell you how often that particular vehicle needs to have its filters changed. The typical range is once a year or every 12,000 miles.
While you can change it yourself, sometimes it’s just easier and more convenient to have a local auto shop do it for you. This usually takes about ten minutes or so, and then they will notify you when it’s time to have it done again. This can be done by either a sticker on your window letting you know when to come back in.
However, if you do decide to do the task yourself, there are several information resources to help you. Not only does this save you money, but it helps you to learn about the internal workings of your vehicle. This information is always a plus, and lets you feel a little more confident when you walk into an auto shop asking for service.
The first thing you’ll want to do is let your engine cool off. After turning the car off, try to put it in the shade so the hood and everything can be raised and all the accumulated heat can escape. While that is going on, feel free to gather a standard and a Phillips screwdriver and something that works like a flat-head instrument.
Usually, the air filter will be found around the top of the engine and fairly easy to access. It’s going to be in a plastic casing and will need to be opened. The clips on the side are where you’re going to use the flat-headed instrument you brought with you, since this will allow you to pry them open easily. Make sure they are all pried open and then unscrew any screws that may be holding down the lid as well.
If you recall, the older style of air filters would look like a big donut. When you took them out, they would be covered in dirt and you could literally roll them out of the way. However, the new style is more elongated and has rubber on the edges to keep it from rubbing on the inside of the plastic casing. When you remove it from the casing, look at it through the light. You should be able to see very clearly how dirty it is, and if it needs replaced at all. If the dirt is mostly in the center of the filter, then you should probably replace it.
This doesn’t have to be expensive either, since you can purchase them for anywhere between $10 to $20. Shop around with your local auto supply stores and see where you can get the best deal. If you have an established relationship with one of the local dealers, you might even be able to purchase those parts at a discount.
Once the new one is in place, simply replace the parts in the order you removed them. Make sure all wing nuts, screws and clips are tight, and you have accomplished the task of changing an air filter. You’ve also saved yourself time and money from taking it to an auto dealer as well, which should make you feel great.
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