All filters incorporate a filtering element constructed from various materials.
These materials can vary from cloth fiber, paper fiber, wire mesh screens or any
combination of the three. Most fuel and oil filters are housed within a metal container
connected to the engine or fuel system. Most vehicles have one or more filters that
require regular maintenance (replacement). These filters range from an
, air cabin filter
and oil filter
. A properly
maintained filter system will enhance the performance and extend the life of vehicle.
Changing an Air FilterInspecting the air filter is very simple and typically only involves
opening the hood
and finding the
air filter box that is usually above the battery in the vehicle. Removing the clips
that hold the lid of the box will allow you to easy access the air filter. You can
quickly inspect the filter to determine if it needs to be changed. Some slight discoloration
is acceptable; however an air filter that is dusty or dark should be changed to
restore proper airflow to your vehicles
. Checking the air filter of
your engine is a simple process that only takes about five minutes.. Air filters
remove debris from the air before it is allowed into the engine. If dirt where allowed
to enter the engine it would cause premature failure. A fuel filter located in the
fuel system ensures that debris in the gas tank is not passed through to the fuel
injection system. A clogged fuel filter can cause
and fuel sediments
are the number one cause of system failure.
Changing a Fuel FilterRemove fuel filter connections from fuel lines. A small amount of fuel will leak
out when connections are removed. Next remove the fuel filter mounting bracket bolt
and remove filter. Replace with new and recheck for leaks.
Changing an Oil FilterNormal service is mandatory for long engine life. Today's engines have more power
which makes it imperative that you change your oil at regular intervals; every 3,000
miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. If your car uses synthetic motor oil you
can extend mileage between changes up to 2,000 additional miles. Always use your
manufacturer's specified weight motor oil. If a vehicle is used in dirty areas or
extreme conditions it is advisable to change the filters more often than factory
Changing an Air Cabin FilterTo replace the air cabin filter; locate and undo retainer clip to remove air
cabin filter, compare the filter size to the replacement filter and reassemble.
Note: clean the air cabin filter housing to help keep the vehicle inlet air clean.
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Article first published 2009-08-24 (Updated 2015-01-06)