Let's Talk Wheels
Mike Herzing clears the air about car filters
Your car's filters play a big role in the life and performance of your engine — and your comfort. There are two you'll want to pay attention to: the air filter and the cabin filter.
For performance and economy, you want a filter that will allow enough clean air for the engine to run well while still protecting it.
Did you know a quality air filter can help keep your oil cleaner? Inferior-quality filters allow fine sand and dirt to enter the engine, which dirties the oil and causes extra wear.
If you are driving a diesel, your engine uses twice as much air as a gas engine — that means your air filter gets dirty twice as fast.
You should get a quality air filter and replace it at least every 15-20,000 miles. Do it even sooner if you drive in a dusty area.
Remember that the original equipment filter is always a safe bet.
Spring is here, and that means that everything is blooming. Here in Texas, the pine trees cover our cars with yellow pollen that drives allergy sufferers crazy. Spring also brings high levels of mold and ragweed.
The problem? You're likely driving around with the AC blowing it all right in your face.
But all is not lost if your vehicle is less than 10 years old, because it should have a cabin filter. Your cabin filter works just like the filter on your home's HVAC system, cleaning the air before it gets to you.
Of course, it can only help when you change it at least once a year. You can get cabin filters at your big box store or auto parts, and best of all, they are easy to replace.For more tips from Mike, visit LetsTalkWheels.com. Be sure to subscribe to the new Let's Talk Wheels podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play.