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The air filter is a vital component of the car’s engine and fuel system. Without it, dust, debris, and other particles would make their way through the fuel system and eventually ruin the engine.

The air filter is typically located up at the front of the engine compartment, inside the cold air collector box, it shouldn’t be hard to find. Some cars, like those with carburetors, have a permanent filter which should be cleaned according to the owner’s manual.

Not all air filters are created equal. You want a durable filter that won’t need to be cleaned or changed too often, but on the other hand this is one of the more affordable parts to change out so there’s no need to go totally overboard unless you’re looking for a performance level filter.

How to make sure you’re getting a good quality air filter:

  • Decide between paper, foam, or cloth.

    • Paper - is affordable, and is the kind of air filter your car likely came with right off the assembly line. They are made of sturdy, industrial paper, folded in an accordion pattern in order to best trap dirt and debris. They are cheap but need to be replaced frequently.
    • Foam - specifically polyurethane foam filters soaked in oil are used in off-road vehicles because they’re very effective. They are reusable and sturdy but eventually break down and can clog up the engine.
    • Cloth – usually cotton, is also soaked in oil for use in air filters, and they increase the air intake in race car engines. They’re pricey though because they’re considered to be a performance upgrade.
  • Choose aftermarket or OEM. This is one part that doesn’t carry a huge financial risk when choosing one over the other. Aftermarket filters offer a wide variety of options, which means you can customize your performance preferences. And although aftermarket parts can bring a car’s value down, in the case of air filters it’s an easy thing to switch to OEM when you prepare to sell your vehicle.

  • Choose a brand. The better-known brands are a safer bet when it comes to filters. Do your research and pick one that has a good reputation.

Changing your car’s air filter is, in most cases, a simple, affordable, straight-forward process that can be accomplished by even the most inexperienced car owner.

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Honorio

18 years of experience
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Honorio
18 years of experience
Toyota Avalon - Air Filter - San Jose, California
First time using service, Honorio came on time as scheduled and took the time to clean off everything to truly identify the source of the leak. Honorio was extremely patient and explained the majority of the process. Really appreciated his efforts and his direct, open and informative communication style..
Honda Odyssey - Air Filter - Sunnyvale, California
Honorio arrived before our appointment time, he was courteous and professional.  He took the time to listen to my concerns, clearly explained my issue, and what my options were.    He made it easy to use this service since it was my first time.

Andrew

14 years of experience
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Andrew
14 years of experience
Toyota Prius V - Air Filter - Oregon City, Oregon
Very thorough and did an excellent job. I have peace of mind now I knowing my Prius is in good shape. Thank you. Highly recommend.

Nue

10 years of experience
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Nue
10 years of experience
BMW X5 - Air Filter - Portland, Oregon
All services has exceeded my expectations, thank you so much! No squeaky noises and drives better now!

Wesley

8 years of experience
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Wesley
8 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Air Filter - Phoenix, Arizona
Wes is awesome! He was communicative and made the repairs quickly and for less than expected! Amazing experience

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