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How to Buy a Good Quality Performance Air Filter

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Unlike cheaper paper air filters, performance filters are made of either foam or cloth (typically cotton). They’re more expensive, but they also last longer, in fact, depending upon the type and use level, a performance air filter may last for the life of your vehicle.

Other benefits of performance air filters include:

  • Enhanced engine performance, horsepower, and fuel economy
  • Improved dust and debris filtration
  • Low maintenance
  • Better air circulation
  • Eco-friendly due to reusable materials

Types of performance filters:

  • Foam: polyurethane foam filters offer excellent air flow due to the volume of air pockets contained in the material. They have injection-molded borders for a snug, custom fit that doesn’t allow debris through around the edges.

  • Cloth: these are made up of multiple layers of cotton gauze braced on mesh wire and formed into pleats for maximum surface area to catch dirt and debris.

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

  • Decide on a material: Cloth is the most popular and is good for general purpose increased performance and long-lasting durability. Foam is superior in dusty or sandy environments, particularly for off-roading.

  • Get brand endorsements from family and friends: People will recommend a product that has worked well for them, so old-fashioned word-of-mouth can still be the way to go.

  • Choose a trusted name: Go with a well-respected name with a solid, enduring reputation. K&N is a well-known, experienced name in the performance air filter segment.

Changing the air filter is simple and straight-forward on most vehicles. Even though you will put out more money upfront for a performance version of this part, you’ll save money and time in the long run because of the extended lifespan and durability of these filters.

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Honorio

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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.

Dia

31 years of experience
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Dia
31 years of experience
Ford Fusion - Car Air Filter Replacement - Decatur, Georgia
My experience with Dia was great. He was very professional and courteous. Dia worked on my car and explained what he had done and recommended what needed to be done in a way that I could understand. I will definitely recommend Dia to family and friends.

Mohammed

8 years of experience
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Mohammed
8 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Air Filter - Morrisville, North Carolina
Second time I've had Mohammed service my car. I was running late and unable to be there in person, but my mother in law gave him my car keys and he was done with the oil change, air filter, and spark plugs really quick. He's definitely reliable and always does a great job.

Sidney

13 years of experience
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Sidney
13 years of experience
Chevrolet Impala - Air Filter - Westminster, Colorado
He was early for the appointment, he explained everything to me to make sure I was comfortable with it, and he did amazing work!

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