How Many Filters Does My European Automobile Have?

Your European automobile has three to five filters. The owner’s manual will tell you exactly how many filters you have and when they need to be changed. This being said, East Coast EuroWerks is going to list the five automotive filters below and when they need to be changed generally. This information can be helpful to ensure that you always have fresh filters in your European automobile. Clogged filters can cause engine performance problems, poor fuel economy, and engine damage among other things.


The engine’s air filter needs to be changed every 12,000 miles. For those who don’t put a lot of miles on their European automobiles, the air filter should be changed annually. This filter purifies the air that flows into the engine from the outside. A clean air filter helps your European automobile run efficiently.


Check the owner’s manual to see if your European automobile is equipped with a cabin air filter. If it is, you will probably find it behind the glove box. This filter generally needs to be changed every 30,000 miles to ensure you always have clean air inside the passenger cabin. If driving your automobile makes you feel sick, you have a dirty cabin filter that is releasing contaminants into the cabin.


The fuel filter also needs to be changed every 30,000 miles. For low-mileage drivers, this filter can be changed every two years. The fuel filter makes certain that the gasoline or diesel fuel is free of contaminants and sediment before it is released into the combustion chamber. A clogged fuel filter can prevent the distribution of fuel into the combustion chamber and cause performance problems.


The oil filter is changed at each oil change. Therefore, depending on the motor oil in your European automobile’s engine, it will be changed as early as every 3,000 miles to every 10,000 miles. Motor oil picks up dirt and contaminants as it circulates through the engine. The oil filter clears away the gunk that the motor oil picks up so it is clean once again for recirculation.


Finally, the transmission might have a filter, as well. If it does, this filter should be changed every 30,000 miles. The transmission filter helps to keep the transmission fluid clean just like the oil filter purifies the oil. A dirty transmission filter can affect your transmission’s performance.

Call East Coast EuroWerks in Wilmington, NC, today to schedule a service appointment for your European automobile so we can check all of the filters. We will replace any dirty ones.

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