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Three Automobile Filters to Keep Tabs On

If you have been thinking about doing your own CrossDrilledRotors.ca auto maintenance you should know that there are [at least] three filters that need to be checked and changed periodically.

AIR FILTER

Replace about every 12 months or 12,000 miles. Check it every 3 months just in case, though; which is convenient since that is about how often you should check your oil.

Let’s start with your engine’s air filter because it is the easiest to find and the easiest to change.  Simply open the hood and you will probably see it clearly. It is hard to miss.  There should be a plastic manifold cover, towards the front of the hood; just unclamp the hooks and you will find the air filter inside.

You need to replace your oil filter because every car runs on an internal combustion engine and that means they require oxygen. The air filter, then, ensures that the oxygen that reaches your engine is as pure and clean as possible.  Dirty air can leave deposits behind in the engine and this can not only reduce efficiency but can eventually damage the engine too.

OIL FILTER

Replace about every 3 months or 3,000 miles—as mentioned above.

Changing your oil filter is a little more complicated but nothing too hard to learn.  You will need to lift your car off the ground so you can drain the oil from the pan and that can require a few special tools.

To change the oil filter you need to remove the oil cap (from on top of the engine) and then remove the drain plug from the oil pan underneath.  Simply drain the oil and you can find the old oil filter, which you then remove and replace with a new one.

FUEL FILTER

 Replace about every 20,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on the make of the vehicle

This is the most difficult filter to replace because a) its maintenance schedule is different with every car and b) its placement is different in every car.  For automobiles with fuel-injection, for example, the fuel filter is often located either near the fuel tank or near the engine.  Some autos, though, may also or alternately have a fuel filter contained within the fuel pump.

Changing a fuel filter can be simple, once you figure out where it is. Of course, it can also be difficult if the filter is in a particularly difficult place to reach (without special tools or equipment).

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