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What Are the Side Effects of Running with a Dirty Engine Filter?

The engine air filter is an important component in your vehicle that prevents harmful debris and particles from entering the engine. Over time, the filter can become clogged with dirt, dust, and other pollutants, which can have negative effects on your vehicle's performance and overall health. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at the side effects of running with a dirty engine filter and the importance of regular filter maintenance.

  • Reduced Engine Performance

When the engine air filter is clogged with dirt and debris, it can restrict the amount of air that enters the engine. This can result in reduced engine performance, including decreased acceleration and horsepower. In severe cases, a dirty engine filter can even cause the engine to stall or misfire.

  • Increased Fuel Consumption

When the engine is not receiving enough air, it will compensate by using more fuel to maintain performance. A dirty engine filter can lead to increased fuel consumption, which can be costly over time.

  • Engine Damage

If a dirty engine filter is left unaddressed for too long, it can cause serious damage to the engine. Debris and pollutants can enter the engine and cause damage to the internal components, including the pistons, cylinders, and valves. This can result in costly repairs and even engine failure.

  • Decreased Air Quality

A dirty engine filter can also affect the air quality inside your vehicle. As the filter becomes clogged, it can release pollutants and harmful particles into the air, which can be harmful to your and your passengers' health.

It's recommended to have your engine filter checked and replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or as the manufacturer recommends. If you notice reduced engine performance or increased fuel consumption, it may be a sign that your engine filter needs to be replaced.

Please visit the local automotive experts at Gil's Garage of Halfmoon for expert filter maintenance and replacement services to keep your car running smoothly.

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