Vehicles with internal combustion engines have an air filter that cleans the combustion air of unwanted fine aerosol particles, before it reaches the carburetor or the cylinders. Over time, the filter gets dirty, fact that may cause a variety of problems. First of all, the engine gets less air, which adversely affects its capacity. This, in turn, increases the fuel consumption. If the air filter is heavily soiled or clogged, it can cause serious problems.
Cleaning or replacing the air filter
You can avoid damages or unreasonably high fuel consumption by punctually cleaning or, if necessary, replacing the air filter. Which one of the two actions - replacement or cleaning – needs to be carried out, depends on the material of the filter. After a certain period of operation, which is determined by the manufacturer depending on the model, the air filter must be replaced. Cotton wool filters are treated with special oil and can be easily cleaned, even if they are heavily soiled. The price of such air filters is correspondingly higher. During the period when the car is under warranty, the air filter to replace has to be an original one (from the official vehicle manufacturer).
After this period expires, you can switch to more affordable (cheaper) air filters. Replacement of the filter is not of great complexity, and, as a rule, is very fast and easy to be done. Air filter can also be replaced or cleaned at any repair shop - for example, during the inspection or maintenance works.