Of all the filters for cars, the oil filter is the one you are most likely to hear about. This is because oil changes are a reality for all vehicle owners. The function of the oil filter is to remove any dirt particles and fine metal shavings that accumulate during normal operation. Change intervals vary depending on engine design, but a change should be made between 5,000 and 10,000 miles when changing for new oil, or sooner if you drive frequently in dusty or dirty environments, such as gravel roads or job sites.
The air filter and oil filter work together to keep the engine clean. In fact, attaching the air cleaner to the front of your vehicle's air intake pipe makes it the first line of defense for keeping dirt out of the engine. It is usually made of paper or a thin cloth, and its replacement program is based on visual inspection. If you can see dirt, leaves, or other dirt trapped inside, it's time to use a new filter or clean it.
Not all cars have transmission filters, but these devices trap any dirt that may be floating through the fluid lines inside your vehicle's gearbox. Since most transmissions that use filters are automatic and transmission filter designs are known for having particularly long service intervals, you'll need to check your vehicle's manual to get the exact mileage for a change. The cabin filter, also known as a cabin air filter, helps prevent pollen, dust and other external pollutants from entering the passenger compartment of your vehicle through the heating and cooling system. They are usually located below the dashboard.
Like the air filter, they are changed based on a visual inspection. A dirty filter needs to be replaced, and although there is no specific mileage at which the change needs to be made, it is a good idea to take a look at this filter with the change of season. View all filters available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare centers for routine maintenance and repairs. To learn more about car filters, talk to an expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.
The air filter (engine) is responsible for trapping microscopic particles of dirt, sand, or road debris that could reduce engine performance and cause internal damage to moving parts inside. The air filter traps any impurities in the air from entering the engine. A dirty air filter can deprive your car of performance and reduce fuel economy. Your vehicle's air filter must be checked by the local technician during each preventive maintenance service and remember to change it according to the recommended service interval in the owner's manual.
The cabin air filter traps dust, pollen, smoke and pollutants that can enter the car even when windows are closed. This filtering process improves the lives of people with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems, making the car more comfortable to drive. Make sure your local automotive technician checks the cabin air filter and changes it as needed. Most new vehicles have two air filters: one in the engine compartment and one conveniently hidden behind the glove compartment - the cabin air filter.
The oil filter keeps debris and dirt out of the oil while the engine is running. A properly functioning oil filter is essential to your car's smooth operation, engine life and fuel consumption. If you can change the oil, you should be able to replace the oil filter too - it is recommended to replace it every time you change the oil; you may need to change it every 3,000 miles but many new vehicles require less frequent changes of up to 10,000 miles. The fuel filter keeps dirt, dirt and water out of the engine.
The fuel filter is a cartridge located in the fuel line with a screen that traps dirt, rust and other debris from fuel before it passes to fuel injector. When it's time to change it you may notice that your vehicle is slower than normal or that it suddenly fails for no reason; most manufacturers recommend changing it every two years or 30,000 miles whichever comes first; some fuel filters are located inside car's gas tank and it can be difficult to change them yourself. Like other filters in your car, they play an important role in keeping your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently - so make sure you check them regularly!.