How Often to Change Your Engine Air Filter

Dirty Engine Air Filter


Replacing an engine air filter is not usually one of the first things that come to mind when planning your vehicle maintenance, however, it is an important step in maintaining your vehicle’s engine. So, how often should you replace your engine air filter? While it’s best to check your owner’s manual for exact recommendations, experts generally agree that a new air filter should be installed every 30,000 to 45,000 miles. Learn more about the function of an engine air filter, and how to save on your engine air filter replacement, below with the service team from Cox Chevrolet!

What Does an Engine Air Filter Do For Your Car?

The purpose of an engine air filter is to prevent dirt, dust, sand, and other contaminants from getting into your vehicle’s engine. Over time, this filter can get clogged while you’re driving in Sarasota. If it’s not replaced, it can cause performance issues, like: 

  • Spark plugs misfiring
  • Black smoke from the exhaust
  • Poor acceleration
  • Service Engine light illuminates

Gas mileage can also decrease, though the change can be subtle and take place over time, making it not readily apparent to most drivers in Tampa. 

Exceptions for How Often to Change Your Engine Air Filter

While your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for how often you should change your air filter, there may be times that you’ll want to consider changing your air filter more often, such as if you often drive in heavy traffic on hot days or on dirt or gravel roads near Palmetto. 

Replace Your Air Filter With Cox Chevrolet 

If you want to replace the air filter yourself, all you need to do is open the air filter compartment, remove the old filter, and drop in a new one. Of course, if you’d rather have a professional handle it, just stop by the service center at Cox Chevrolet. We make it easy to schedule an appointment online, and we offer rotating service specials to save you money!

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