How Often Should You Change an Engine Air Filter?

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As you peruse the routine maintenance schedule for your car, truck, or SUV, have you found yourself asking, “How often should you change an engine air filter?” If so, then you’ve come to the right place! Generally speaking, engine air filters need to be replaced every 30,000 to 45,000 miles. This interval depends on your specific make and model, so your best bet is consulting your owner’s manual or checking in with your local Escondido service center. For now, this guide from Mazda of Escondido provides some information on the purpose and importance of an engine air filter, as well as further insight into how often to change an engine air filter.

What Does an Engine Air Filter Do?

An engine air filter functions to prevent dirt, dust, and other contaminants from entering the engine as you drive around San Marcos. It should come as no surprise, then, that the filter eventually becomes too dirty and clogged over time to work effectively. This can affect vehicle performance in the following ways:

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Misfiring spark plugs
  • Black smoke from the exhaust
  • Service Engine light comes on
  • Reduced gas mileage on Vista-area roads

What Affects How Often to Change an Engine Air Filter?

As with other routine maintenance tasks, there are certain factors that influence how often to change an engine air filter. We previously mentioned that your owner’s manual will outline the frequency of engine air filter replacements your vehicle requires. However, if you drive in the following conditions, you will need to change the filter more often:

  • Dirt or gravel roads
  • Heavy traffic
  • Hot climate

Since most engine air filters are easily accessible, it is simple enough to visually check yours before scheduling service with Mazda of Escondido. Of course, you can always purchase an engine air filter through our parts department and replace it yourself. Place your order online, and pick up your new engine air filter near Carlsbad today!

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