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We’ve beat this drum before, but there are few ways you can maintain the performance and value of your vehicle like regular maintenance. Now, while it might seem like there’s a lot that needs to be done, it’s usually just a series of small tasks that can be done quite quickly—or all in one visit to the Golden Mile Chrysler service department. One of those tasks, changing your vehicle’s air filter, can actually have a surprisingly large impact on your vehicle’s performance. If you want to keep your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram vehicle  at its best, simply read on to learn more about the importance of its air filter—and when you should change it—with Toronto’s very own Golden Mile Chrysler.

What is an air filter, and what does it do?

Unless your vehicle is fully electric, it operates on an internal combustion engine which burns both fuel and air. It should come as no surprise then, given its name, the air filter filters the air entering your vehicle before it gets to the engine. While a clean air filter will remove any contaminants, helping your vehicle operate at its best, a dirty air filter can result in the vehicle’s spark plugs becoming dirty, as well leading to the following:

  • Increased emissions
  • Decreased fuel economy
  • Reduced performance
  • Poor acceleration
  • Noisy when idling
  • Overall reduced engine life

So unless you want your vehicle to be slower, more expensive, and have a shorter lifespan (not to mention pollute more), you should consider the simple task of changing your air filter.

When is it time to change your air filter?

It’s actually quite simple when to tell if your air filter needs to be replaced: just look at it! Visible dirt, dust, and debris is a clear sign that you should change your air filter. Of course, if you experience any of the poor performance laid out in the section above, you can check your air filter first to check off one of the easier, less expensive fixes your vehicle might require. It’s important to keep in mind the environment in which your vehicle is usually driven; for example, it should come as no surprise that the air filter of a vehicle in Toronto might get put to a bit more use than one in a vehicle in a quieter, less polluted city like Parry Sound or North Bay. Many manufacturers place the lifespan of an air filter somewhere between 24,000 and 48,000 kilometres, but of course your mileage may vary—both figuratively, and literally.

What kind of air filter does your vehicle need?

The automotive industry usually doesn’t lack for choice, when it comes to both vehicles and vehicle parts. As such, there is no shortage of options when it comes to vehicle air filters—from electrostatic filters, to ones that use activated carbon or charcoal. If you’re unsure, you can always chat with a member of the Golden Mile Chrysler service department for more information as to what air filter might best suit your vehicle and your needs.

Keep your vehicle running its best by visiting Golden Mile Chrysler for all of your recommended service schedule needs. Or, if you’re a bit more hands-on, changing an air filter is one of the easier maintenance tasks you can do. Either way, don’t hesitate to swing on by Golden Mile Chrysler—the home of the Swinging Lady—for all of your automotive needs!