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There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air. As satisfying as it is for us humans, it’s the same great feeling for your car. A fresh and clean engine air filter can do just that, as well as has many other uses!

First of all, it’s important not to confuse an automotive cabin air filter with an internal engine air filter. A cabin filter is great for the air we breathe inside the car, and an engine air filter is more useful in regards to engine health. The engine filter keeps harmful gases, particles, and materials out of the engine in order for it to run properly.

An engine air filter is the whole package. It can be fairly inexpensive, and will help you save on gas! When the filter becomes plugged over time, it will be very dirty and not have much room to fit anymore dust or particles. When this happens, the engine will struggle because not enough clean oxygen can get in. An engine needs an even balance of oxygen and gasoline in order to maintain its power. If the filter is very dirty, it is harder to power the car, which results in more gas wasted. This will usually happen every 50,000 miles or so. An easy and quick fix is to purchase a new air filter, and change it yourself.

If you decide to take on the task of changing your own filter, it can be done in a very little amount of time following these steps:

Step 1: Locate the air filter. It is usually located on top of the engine in a compartment.

Step 2: Remove the compartment lid, and take out the old filter.

Step 3: Wipe down the empty compartment to remove any old dust or dirt.

Step 4: Insert the new filter, and close the lid.

With a clean air filter, your vehicle can perform to the maximum amount of its abilities, and save you money at the gas pump and auto shop.

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