Have you ever gone running during a dust storm? Most of us know better than to try to run while there is dirt in the air that we can breathe into our lungs. And just as sucking dirt into your lungs can ruin your ability to run or force you to stop running, if your car’s air filter gets clogged and dirty it will cause your engine to “lose its breath,” and ruin its ability to run as well.
Cars need about 9,000 gallons of air for every gallon of gas in order to run properly. Since most of the air surrounding a car comes from the dirty, dusty roads we drive on, we are most certainly guaranteed that dust particles will be sucked into the engine and cause costly problems, especially if we don’t have air filters in our cars.
Air filters in cars today are manufactured using high-tech cloth or paper and typically trap up to 98 percent of particulate matter. But even high- quality air filters in cars will eventually become clogged by all the dirt and dust that is trapped, this clogging drastically cuts down on needed air flow. When your engine isn’t allowed to ” breathe” it is robbed of its necessary horsepower as well as fuel economy. With gasoline prices as high as they are and since they seem to be on the rise, it’s important to have a clean air filter so that you aren’t burning up costly gasoline unnecessarily. We usually recommend that the air filters in cars be replaced at least once a year for the average driver. But if you and your car spend a lot of time on the road, the air filter may need to be replaced more often.
For all of your Denver Auto Repair needs come into Express Car Care or call us at (303) 691-2760