Chrysler or Dodge, Jeep or RAM, your vehicle has both a cabin air filter and an engine air filter. They're both vital to how well your AC and heating systems and engine work. What do air filters do? Put simply, they trap airborne contaminants. They do it using pleated fibers that are often made of either synthetic paper, foam, or cotton. Your cabin filter, for its part, helps keep allergens from accumulating in your HVAC. Your engine filter helps keep dirt and muck from building up in your air intake and on other components, like fuel injectors and spark plugs. If that ride you love didn't have either, particulate would start to wear out its many parts double quick. Unfortunately, though, even the best air filters stop working as well with age. When they clog, more trouble follows -- everything from a stressed and misfiring engine to higher emissions and lower fuel efficiency. Even your HVAC can malfunction. The best way to keep all this from happening? Replace both air filters regularly.
What Are the Signs It's Time to Change a Car Air Filter?
There's a few, and they're not hard to identify. Look for a lit Check Engine light, for one. It's a better idea, though, to keep an eye out for dirty or decayed surface fibers. You can also listen for weird engine noise, smell for unclean cabin odors, and look for excessive exhaust. If you see such symptoms, it's probably time for replacement. Otherwise, check your owner's manual for the answer; it'll have a filter maintenance schedule. It's usually recommended you change an air filter in a car about every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. When it's time to buy new ones, be sure to order genuine OEM. What comes from Mopar will fit your model best. Order what you need right here online at our auto parts store.
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