Regular air filter service is easy and important. First, check the air filter service indicator if you have one. You'll definitely find one of these if you have a diesel air intake.
Also, knowing the location of the master airflow sensor on your car is a great thing to know-this will let you perform periodic do-it-yourself mass airflow sensor cleaning. This will save you a few bucks, not to mention a mass airflow sensor failure.
Without cold and fresh air intake, engine performance and mileage will suffer. Vehicles used for severe duty may require more frequent air filter service. Increasing fuel economy may be an air filter swap away.
Switching to cleanable air filters can save you money while installing a cold air intake system on your car will definitively increase engine performance.
PartSource has an extensive line of performance air filters, cold air intakes, turbo air boxes and many others air intake accessories. If we don't have it in stock, we can get it for you.
How Does A Cold Air Intake Work? And Why You Should Check Your Air Filters Every Six Months.
Motor engines act as air pumps. Chemically correct air fuel ratios are set to make power. More air, more fuel, more power. Pretty simple. Your air filter is what keeps the intake air clean. Without it your engine would suck in more dirt and contaminate your engine combustion chambers.
Over time, dirt clogs the air filter, and your engine can't breathe. Sluggish performance and poor fuel economy can be the result of a dirty air filter. Dirty air equals a dirty engine.
Check with your Parts Pro or the in-store services like Mitchell On Demand for information on other important car care projects.
How To Change Your Air Filter, Do-It-Yourself & Save
Every cold air intake system is slightly different. Don't attempt to force off tubes or air boxes. Check to see if all fasteners are removed first. Parts should come apart easily.
A few things before you begin
Locate the cold air intake system on your engine. Unfasten all clamps, clips, fasteners, hold-downs and hoses. Consult your owner's manual.
Carefully remove air box cover and air filter.
Air box cleaning is the key. Make sure it is free of dirt and debris.
Fit new air filter in the air box or clean it if it is a washable air filter, and reinstall any fasteners and hoses previously removed.
In case you need them, you can always find free print outs of specific vehicle instructions and torque specifications from Mitchell on Demand at your local PartSource store.
Everything you need for this job can be found at your local PartSource store. Ask a Parts Pro about what you'll need for the job. It's better to have extra spare parts ready for anything that might need to be replaced. The last thing you want to do, is go shopping when you have the car up on the jack.
When taking parts apart, be organized. Keep similar parts together in a safe place where they won't get lost and layout parts in a way that will allow you to put them back in the same order.
Make Safety Your Top Priority
Every vehicle is different. When it comes to maintenance and repairs, always follow the vehicle's owner's manual.
Safety should be your number one priority. Don't smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or wear a necktie while working on the car. Watch out for hot objects, sharp instruments, hazardous materials and other potential safety hazards in and around your workspace.
Don't work with a Philips when the job calls for flat. Substituting tools can compromise your safety or a vehicle's performance.
Finally, when the fun turns to frustration, or if the job requires specialized knowledge beyond your capabilities, please do not attempt it yourself. Talk to a Parts Pro or seek the assistance of a professional mechanic or installer. The last thing we want is someone getting hurt.