European cars are known for their style, performance, and reliability. That’s why drivers are willing to make the investment and buy European. To protect that investment, European drivers also have to commit to rigorous maintenance and repair schedules. Part of that maintenance schedule should include the simple task of replacing the engine’s air filter on time.
What Does the Air Filter Do?
As your engine runs, the air is circulated through it. To perform efficiently, that air needs to be in perfect ratio with the fuel. Your air filter cleans the air as it circulates through the engine to keep debris, dust, and even bugs from dirtying up the engine.
What Happens if the Air Filter Gets Dirty?
Just like any other filter, with use, the debris being filtered out begins to buildup, causing a clog. When the filter is clogged, it makes it difficult to maintain the fuel to air ratio. When this happens, you may immediately notice a decrease in fuel efficiency, but it could lead to long-term and expensive damage if the problem is ignored.
A clogged air filter can cause a misfiring engine, an illuminated check engine light, and an increase in black exhaust smoke.
When to Replace the Filter
While manufacturers do their best to issue basic guidelines for maintenance frequency and timelines, most services, including replacing your air filter, vary based on various factors. For air filters, most manufacturers recommend changing the air filter every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. At East Coast Eurowerks, we advise you to consult with one of our expert European technicians for the service schedule that is right for you.
How East Coast Eurowerks Motors Can Help
At East Coast Eurowerks, we know European vehicles and service all European makes and models. Our certified mechanics have a passion for European auto repair, and it shows in the quality of work that we provide to our customers. With the comprehensive range of services we offer, it is easy to see why Wilmington drivers trust us with all of their automotive service and repair needs. We even offer a 3 year / 36,000-mile warranty to back up our repairs.