changing air filters in a vehicle

Why do you need to change your air filter?

What happens if you don’t change the air filter in your car?

Keeping up with your vehicle’s maintenance needs is important if you wish to drive it for a long time. Toyota has a reputation for producing some of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road today, but it also falls on the driver to take responsibility for servicing their vehicle when necessary. This includes changing the air filter. Find out what happens if you don’t change the air filter in your car!

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2020 Toyota Highlander exterior profileWhy do you need to change your air filter?

As you could probably figure from the name, air filters help keep the air in your car clean by trapping dirt, debris, and other harmful contaminants before they enter your cabin. Without the air filter, all that stuff would get into the combustion chamber of your engine. That can cause a number of problems, such as a drop in power, decreased fuel efficiency, and a harder time getting the vehicle to start. There are many harmful components out there in the air that your vehicle will catch before it gets into the cabin, so if you fail to get it changed, you could encounter all sorts of permanent damage, including engine failure.

How often should I change my car’s air filter?

It’s generally recommended that you change your vehicle’s air filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. However, if you drive in an area with heavier pollution, you may want to change them more frequently. Your owner’s manual should give you a more accurate estimation as to when exactly your vehicle requires a new air filter.

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