Automotive Filter Guide for Your Car, Truck, or C/SUV

Let Pit Shop Auto Repair replace your automotive filters when they need it. Filter maintenance may not seem like a big deal, but it’s crucial that you don’t let any of your automobile’s filters get clogged. When this happens, you will notice your engine’s performance will suffer as will your fuel economy. In some cases, continuing to drive your automobile could actually damage the engine. Let’s talk more about this below.


For example, if your air filter gets clogged, you will end up with a rich fuel mixture that is heavy in gasoline or diesel fuel in the combustion chamber. When this happens, your engine surges, flows through the fuel in the tank, and even releases black exhaust smoke. Changing the air filter every 12,000 miles makes sure this does not happen.


If your vehicle is equipped with a cabin air filter and it gets clogged, you may start to feel sick or sluggish every time you drive your automobile. This is because the cabin air filter is no longer able to purify the air that circulates through your vehicle’s passenger cabin. Consequently, you are inhaling polluted air. Changing the cabin filter every 30,000 miles keeps the air inside your automobile clean.


A clogged fuel filter is going to create the opposite condition of a clogged air filter. Rather than having too much fuel in the combustion chamber, you will have too much air. Consequently, your engine will sputter and struggle to run. It will still blow through the fuel in the tank quickly, however, because it will burn more fuel. Change the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to avoid these problems.


The oil filter needs to be changed with every oil change. As such, your engine gets a new oil filter every 3,000 miles if you are faithful about your oil changes. If you aren’t good about getting your car’s oil changed, the oil filter is going to get clogged with dirt and grime. Consequently, you may end up with an engine that does not have motor oil circulating through it. This can damage it severely.


Finally, transmission fluid flows through the transmission filter to keep it clean. A clogged transmission filter can also inhibit the circulation of the transmission fluid through the transmission. This can cause your transmission to overheat and seize up. If you have the transmission filter changed every 30,000 miles, you can prevent this from happening.

Pit Shop Auto Repair in Libertyville, IL, is here to help, so give us a call today to set up a service appointment so we can inspect your vehicle’s filters and replace the dirty ones.