Filters tend to fly under the radar of DIY car maintenance, but changing them is vitally important to your car’s smooth running. If you leave your filters for too long, your car can accumulate all sorts of dirt and toxic particles that can severely damage your car parts.
To help you along, we’ve teamed up with VW Motor Parts, the UK’s leading suppliers of genuine Volkswagen parts, and have put together a guide on everything you need to know about replacing your car filters so that the process can be as quick and painless as possible.
Air filters are a piece of (usually) paper or foam that slot into your car’s air duct to filter out pesky particles such as dirt, dust, and foliage. They’re fairly inexpensive to buy, with most falling between the price range of £20 – 30, depending on your car – you can buy your new air filter online from websites such as Demon Tweeks.
You should replace your air filters because, when in optimum conditions, they prevent the car’s engine from clogging and can fall hand in hand with better mileage per gallon.
In terms of when you should replace your car filters, your owner’s manual should provide you with some guidelines. Usually, you should replace your car’s air filters every 30,000 miles, or approximately once per year.
To change your car filters, you can go to a garage or do it yourself with these six simple steps:
Fuel filters, which are usually made out of filter paper, are a monumental part of a car’s operation because they filter out dirt and rust from fuel.
If you’re unsure about when you should change your petrol filters, check your owner’s manual for the guidelines. Roughly, you should be changing your fuel filter every 20,000 miles to ensure optimum working conditions.
It’s probably best to get your petrol filter changed at the garage if you’re not confident, but if you do decide to do it yourself, here’s how:
Engine Oil Filters
Over time, the oil that cleans your engine can become dirty and contaminated and those particles are filtered out by your engine oil filter. So, if you don’t change your engine oil filters, hard particles can build up and cause damage to the surface of your engine.
In order to find out how often you should change your engine oil filter, check your car owner’s manual, but you will usually be required to change your filter at around every 10,000 miles.
You can get your oil filter changed at a garage, or you can do it yourself following these simple steps:
For more information on changing your engine oil filters, check out this article from Popular Mechanics.