An engine air filter is made to keep the dust, particles, and contaminants out of the engine as it runs. An overly dirty, clogged or incorrectly installed filter is not healthy for your motor and can lead to major issues. Typically, air filters are easy to replace; however, replacements in newer cars become more complicated due to the fuel economy and aerodynamics. These complications multiply with exotic and luxury vehicles, and escalate drastically when creating higher performance in the engine. Here are the top three signs that you should change your engine air filter:
Physical Dirt and Dust
If you run your fingers across the filter and your hands are dirty or dingy, that should be more than enough to tell you that you need a new one. The more dust collected on the filter, the less air can pass through to the engine. A clean air filter should be a white or off-white color, so as it catches dirt and dust over time, it will get darker. If it looks dark and brown or gray, it needs to be swapped out for a new one.
If you see a reduction in engine power, it could be as simple as a clogged engine air filter. If air isn't properly flowing to the engine, it can't perform efficiently as it once did. Your car may feel sluggish during acceleration, or it will jerk when you step on the gas. However, adding a clean filter can fix the problem right away. It would be best if you didn't let a filter get dirty to the point where it affects your drive.
Loss in Fuel Efficiency
An efficient engine will ensure you get the miles that your car is supposed to get. When your engine strains to do its job due to a lack of airflow, it will run up more fuel than it should to compensate. You may also catch the smell of gasoline from your exhaust system, as your engine is consuming excessive amounts of gas. You'd simply be saving yourself money by just replacing your engine air filter!
If you believe you need a new air filter, please come by Eurasian Auto Repair for quality, fast, and easy service. Below is an in-shop video of one of our technicians servicing the air filter on a 2013 Porsche Panamera (3.6L V6 (4640) GAS FI). Luxury and High Performance vehicles such as this require certain skill sets for removing and remounting parts to ensure stability and longevity, even when doing a simple air filter replacement. If you are interested in learning more about this model and its general maintenance, we recommend visiting, CNET. To ensure your safety, and the wellbeing of your vehicle, we always recommend doing complex maintenance in a repair shop that you trust.