Car engines need to breathe just like us. Restricting the air flow and the engines will not work to their full capacity – something that will usually be reflected by an increase in fuel consumption. Your engine needs just about all the air in get, but unfortunately doesn’t want all the debris that comes with it – this is where air filters comes in. An engine needs an exact mixture of fuel and air in order to run, and all of the air enters the system first through the air filter. This catches the dirt and other foreign particles in the air, preventing them from entering the system and possibly damaging the engine.
Car air filters are generally pretty cheap, due to the air filters simple construction. Most are paper-like or fibrous material, folded accordion-style and arranged on a plastic or metal frame. Some are made out of a cotton or fabric-like material, which is then oiled in order to increase airflow. Vehicles generally have a specific holder for air filters, which is usually a plastic or metal box. Generally, the holder is connected to the intake manifold by a large plastic tube through which the air flows.
Clean air filters are important for your car’s performance. This means that filters should be changed regularly.
It’s hard to give a specific time or mileage figure on when exactly to replace air filters because the life of the filter depends on how much dirt it ingests. However, we suggest you change your filter at least once a year. Regardless of the mileage or time, air filters should be replaced before it reaches the point where it creates a significant restriction to airflow.
When replacing an air filter, always use OEM (original equipment) or better. If you are looking for performance air filters you can buy them from our performance parts website www.europerformance.co.uk
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