Apr. 25, 2021
How To Clean Your Car’s Air Filter(2)
Use a vacuum cleaner to suck on both sides of the filter for about two minutes to make sure you have sucked out all the visible dirt and debris. When you're done, point the filter up to bright light so that it will show what you might have missed. Check the filter again, and then you can replace it.
To clean the air filter with water:
If your car’s air filter is dirty and you have more time on your hands, you can clean it with water. It takes longer to clean the air filter with water, especially considering the drying time, but it will bring you good results.
First, fill a clean bucket with water and a small amount of washing powder. Immerse the filter in water and rotate it, and stir the dirt and dust out of the filter material by hand. Then, take it out of the water, shake off the excess, before rinsing it under running water.
After cleaning, put the filter on a clean towel to dry. Depending on where you are drying, the filter may take up to 24 hours to dry completely, so make sure to give it enough time before you plan to use your car again.
Remember-the filter must be completely dry before you replace it. Even slight humidity can cause serious engine problems because dust and particles can stick to it and hinder airflow. Make sure it is very dry before replacing it.
How often should you clean the car air filter?
Try to clean the car's air filter every 15,000 miles or so. Your car manual will recommend a maintenance plan for the air filter, so you should stick to it. If you live in a rural area and there is a lot of dust on the road, you may need to clean the air filter frequently.
If you do not drive often, we still recommend that you clean the air filter at least once a year as part of the regular service, because this will ensure the performance and efficiency of the engine. You should also replace the air filters every three years because they will become brittle and will not work properly over time.
What are the common signs of dirty car air filters?
Air filters are often overlooked as part of regular maintenance, but it is important that they are kept clean in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. If you use a dirty air filter while driving, you may notice the following:
Reduced fuel economy
Unusual engine sounds
Check engine light on
Black smoke comes out from the exhaust
A strong smell of gasoline or diesel when starting the car
If you encounter any of the above situations, but don't know what the problem is, don't forget to check the air filter. Thorough cleaning can solve the problem immediately, or you may need to replace it. Remember, if it is very dirty, cleaning the filter with water is indeed better than simply cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner-just make sure to let it dry thoroughly before replacing it.
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