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Car Filter Types and When They Need Changing

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Your vehicle relies on a series of filters that keep you safe and the engine reliable. These car filters are the air, cabin, fuel, and oil filter. Let’s talk about what these filters do and when you should have them replaced. Sticking to a service schedule that is recommended for your car will increase the longevity you get out of your vehicle’s engine. JTR Repair can replace the following filters when they’re old and dirty.

Air Filter

The air filter in your car traps harmful contaminants before they make their way into your vehicle’s engine and damage it. Your engine won’t be able to start or run without air, because it needs a mixture of air and gasoline to generate combustion in the combustion chamber. A clean air filter ensures the air flowing into the engine is always free of contaminants. You should have your vehicle’s air filter changed every 12,000 miles at a minimum and no later than every 15,000 miles.

Cabin Filter

Your car’s cabin filter works like your home’s AC/heater filter does. It cleanses the air that flows into your vehicle’s cabin so you don’t inhale dirty air filled with irritants such as allergens. Most cabin filters are also carbon-activated, so they trap harmful exhaust odors. It’s important to change this filter every 30,000 miles. This ensures you don’t end up feeling sluggish or sick when you’re inside your automobile. A clean cabin filter also boosts the AC and heater’s efficiency.

Fuel Filter

The fuel filter does for gasoline what the air filter does for air; it cleanses contaminants out of your vehicle’s fuel before it makes its way into your engine. This is critical. Gasoline contains sediment and other impurities, such as dust, grit, and rust, and you cannot afford to have these contaminants flowing through your engine. They will clog the fuel pump, hoses, and fuel injectors and could cause other damage. Have your fuel filter changed every 30,000 miles.

Oil Filter

Finally, we can never overstate how important oil changes are to your car, crossover, SUV, truck, or van, and one reason why is the oil filter. Your oil filter will be replaced at each oil change, so every 3,000 miles for conventional oil and 7,500 miles to 10,000 miles for synthetic. This filter prevents the dirt and grime the oil picks up from your engine as it circulates through it from breaking down its viscosity prematurely. It keeps the oil clean and effective longer.

As we said above, JTR Repair, Inc., can replace all of the car filters listed above, so give us a call today. You’ll find our auto repair shop in Crawfordsville, IN.

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