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How Often Should You Change an Engine Air Filter?

Your vehicle’s engine air filter is an essential component to keeping your vehicle running smoothly on the Fort Worth roads, but it can be easy to overlook. Typically, you’ll need a new air filter installed every 30,000-45,0000 miles. However, the engine air filter on your vehicle is different from other vehicles, so you might have a different recommendation than the listed average. Learn how often to change your engine air filter with the service center at Shottenkirk Toyota of Weatherford. 



What Is an Engine Air Filter?

If you’re like some Azle drivers, you might not be familiar with the purpose and function of an engine air filter. An engine air filter keeps out dirt, dust, and other debris from the engine. Over time, the filter itself gets clogged with debris which reduces its ability to filter out contaminants from getting inside your engine. This can negatively affect your vehicle’s performance, which is why the filter will need to be changed. 

Signs Your Engine Air Filter Needs Changing

Eventually, the engine air filter will need to be changed, but how will you be able to tell? Here are some of the warning signs to look out for to see if it’s time to change your engine air filter: 

  • Poor acceleration
  • Malfunctioning spark plugs
  • Exhaust spitting out black smoke
  • Service engine light flashes often

It might not be incredibly noticeable, but a clogged or dirty engine air filter can harm your vehicle’s fuel economy. To get your engine air filter replaced, schedule a visit with our service center at Shottenkirk Toyota of Weatherford in Weatherford. 

How Often to Change the Engine Air Filter

How often should you change your engine air filter? As mentioned above, most engine air filters will need to be replaced around every 30,000-45,000 miles, but you’ll want to consult your owner’s manual for a more exact number as different vehicles have different engine air filters. You’ll also want to take into account factors like gravel roads, dirt trails, heavy traffic, driving in hot weather, and other factors that could affect the engine air filter replacement frequency. 

Usually, you can check the engine air filter yourself as it’s pretty easy to access. To locate the filter, you can check your owner’s manual. To replace the filter yourself, you can simply open the compartment, take out the older filter, and then put in the new filter. You can find a new filter or any of the parts you need at our parts store online at Shottenkirk Toyota of Weatherford. 

Service Your Vehicle at Shottenkirk Toyota of Weatherford 

Now that you know how often to change the engine air filter, you can replace it yourself or have the experts at Shottenkirk Toyota of Weatherford take care of it. For quality service near Mineral Wells at a great price, contact Shottenkirk Toyota of Weatherford

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