The Air filter is an essential part that protects your car since the air that flows into the engine can carry sand and other harmful components that can damage your car’s engine and shorten its age.

Time and driving conditions will reduce the air filter capacity, thus changing it occasionally is highly advisable! In this article, we will look at this component, its effects on your car, and some tips to change it.

What is it?

Air filters are made of a material very similar to paper and located in the air filter box. The car designs allow the air to flow from the bottom up and as a result, the dirt and any other filtered material will be located in the box.

Air filters come in two kinds at least. The first being washable and the other is replaceable. Each kind has its pros and cons, and if they are high-quality filters and installed properly, you don’t have much to worry about!

How does it affect my car’s performance?

When the air filter is clogged, it will limit the airflow to the engine, and thus ‘choking’ it. Also, as the air filter wears up, some particles could overcome it and reach the engine and scratch its surface and the cylinder walls.

This damage will make it hard for the engine to perform as you might notice, especially with hard accelerations and at higher RPM. This will lead to more oil consumption and in some cases, more fuel consumption.

How often should I change it, and when?

As with every other filter in your car, like the AC filter and oil filter, these parts are replaceable. However, finding an answer depends on how you drive and where you drive. Regularly, air filters are changed every 15,000 and 30,000 miles. The type of your car's engine can play a role in that. However, if you drive on unpaved roads or in sandy areas, you will need to change it more often. While a cleaner environment and a regular engine can help the air filter to live up to 3 years.

Inspecting the air filter is a very simple task for professional mechanics. It can occur when you take the car for an oil change or any other kind of car service. The mechanic will check on it and tell you if it needs anything.

Luckily for you, all of our service packages at ProMechanix include checking on the air filter, cleaning it & replacing it when needed. Our mechanics will bring the mobile garage right to your doorstep anywhere in Dubai and handle a similar situation or any other one with much expertise and professionalism, making sure that your car is having the best car service in Dubai.