Is it time for a new air filter?

February 13th, 2012 by

Well, that’s a tricky question.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic answer here. There’s not a specific time frame or mileage figure that will fit the bill for every driver and every car.

For starters, it’s important to understand that there are numerous variables that come into play. Do you do most of your driving on highways? If so, you may be able to squeeze a few extra miles out of your filter. On the other hand, if you happen to live on a winding gravel road, your filter may be filled with more than its fair share of dirt and debris.

So, how do you know when the time has come?

Your best bet is to simply take a peek. Remove the filter and hold it up to a light. If it’s filled with gunk and grime, it’s time to spring for a new one.