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What Does the Dirty Air Filter Warning Light Mean?
The dirty air filter warning light turns on when their is reduced airflow to the engine, which affects your car's gas mileage and performance.

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Rats eating air filter and particles falling into the carbureator?Have dogs & cats-avoid poison if possible!
Believe it or not, this is not the first time I've dealt with this. Mice and rats can do a lot of damage to a car, especially if it is parked for an extended period of time. It may be...
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Mpg going down
Hello. If the gas mileage has gotten worse since you replaced the air filter you will want to look into that first. It may be installed upside down or improperly. If the air filter is not the issue, then you...
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When I switch on the vents the cabin starts smelling
This is a common issue when the cabin filter needs to be replaced. Your vehicle has an air filter that filters the outside air as it is circulated into the vehicle when using the heater or air conditioning system. As...
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Looking to buy an E-class 350 4matic with 62000 miles. What maintenance services are needed?
Hello. My research indicates that the only major services required due are the spark plugs and air filter at 80k miles. If the plugs have already been done, then no major services are due until over 100k miles, besides your...
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Weird sound from air filter
Hello. You are going to want to inspect the vehicle for a vacuum leak. These can occur in several places. Secondly check all of the hoses involved with the PCV. These may be cracked or damaged. Gasses can build up...
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AC is not blowing cold and a plastic-like smell when AC is on.
There are different possibilities that could contribute to the plastic smell. The smell could be caused by a coolant leak, an electrical issue, the A/C compressor overheating, or simply an outside smell. Sometimes, plastic bags tend to get stuck...
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Can the air filters be blown out instead of replaced?
Hi There, In absolute desperate situations this can be done, however the caution is that when you do this, you are creating very small holes and weakening the paper element that makes up the filter. When the motor is running...
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I accidentally drove through 2 feet of water, I have replaced several parts but the car still runs poorly
You did not mention replacing the air filter after it got wet. The engine and its sensors were not designed to go through water and will get damaged. You may have also damaged internal engine parts like bending engine piston...
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i'm not getting the fuel mileage I got when I first purchased the car
If your fuel mileage has dropped, first check for any leaks under the vehicle. If there are no visible leaks, then check the spark plugs and see what color they are. If they are burned and white, then the spark...
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Drove through a puddle and stalled the engine.
Hi there. If you still cannot remove the spark plugs, then remove the air filter in the air box to the engine and replace it as it is probably full of water. If the filter is full of water, the...
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I recently changed my cabin air filter and I saw more noise from the engine. Why does this happen?
Hi there. The noise you're hearing may not be engine noise. You may be hearing debris being knocked around the blower motor. The debris may have fallen into the blower motor when you changed the cabin filter. Remove the filter...
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Bought truck with aftermarket air filter. Not sure if it's cotton or synthetic. Would like to know if I need to oil it
Hello. Most synthetic air filters I have experience with utilize an oil that is pink. If the filter has a pink, or pink/brown tint, it is synthetic. Synthetic filters will tend to have a molded rubber border as well. If...
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Radiator or hose leak is leaking, the air filter box is not screwed on right, and there may be a wiring problem.
Hi there. For the radiator, the rubber hose may be cracked or loose. Check the hose for any cracks and if the clamp is tight and it leaks, then the clamp may be worn. Replace the clamp for a better...
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Will not attempt to start. Engine has spark. Also noticed oil was in the intake tube.
Hi there. Check to see if the fuel injectors are working. You can back probe them with a digital meter and see if the voltage is being metered. If the injectors are working, then check the crankshaft position sensor and...
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Vehicle check engine light is on - cannot pass smog test and stalls out - even when u press on gas pedal.
Sent to CS for billing question on how much it would cost for a tune up for the BMW to pass emissions test. A tune up comes with cleaning out the fuel system and performing a fuel injection flush, replacing...
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When I have my foot on the gas the truck shakes.
Hi there. Check the air filter and make sure that its not plugged up. A plugged air filter will cause the engine to not breathe correctly and make the engine shake on acceleration. Also check the mass air flow sensor...
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Regarding air filter
The air filter is there to keep out the dirt and debris from getting into the motor. Depending on how long the filter was not sealed will not be good for the engine and may have caused some extra wear...
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Where will I locate the cabin air filter
The cabin air filter is located under the passenger side or right side of car windshield wiper cowl panel.
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Cabin air filter fell apart.
Depending on the vehicle and the a/c blower case the piece that broke off may not cause a problem. In some cases a broke off piece may get into the blower or block one of the blend doors. You may...
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After taking out my cabin air filter from glove box and cleaning it and putting it back, in it now make a loud noise.
Hello. When diagnosing noises on a system that is as simple as the air filter, try not to overcomplicate it. Pretty much the only error you can make with the filer itself is installing it the wrong way. Verify is...

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