April is National Car Care Month.
Unlike Valentine’s Day, where many are scrambling at last minute to find a card and gift for their significant other, this is simply a time where you should get your vehicle the maintenance it requires.
For example, consider your air filters. You may not see particles like mold, mildew, pollen, microbes and dust in your vehicle, but they likely are there and can harm engine parts. Air filters keep the air that moves into the engine clean from clutter.
The majority of vehicles have two types of air filters. The internal combustion air filter filtrations system the air pulled into the engine and avoids added wear on the engine by eliminating pollutants. The cabin air filter cleanses the air that moves into the cabin with the ventilation system by eliminating unsafe elements from the air conditioning and heating systems.
The experienced and friendly mechanics at Moore Tires can replace your filters. Its staff suggests that the cabin air filter is changed every 12,000 miles, or if you don’t drive that much, to change it annually. It’s recommended that internal combustion air filters are spot checked and changed every 3,000 to 15,000 miles, or for convenience and an easy reminder, at the same time you have the oil changed.
Proper maintenance of air filters is extremely important, and the fact that dirty ones can damage your engine should be a big enough warning. Dirt and particles not only can result in sluggish performance, reduced fuel economy and poor air flow, but they can lead to costly engine repairs.
Keep your engine tidy and free from debris by having your air filters checked the next time you have your oil changed and make sure to follow a proper maintenance schedule for the benefit of you, your family and your vehicle.
Two convenient locations:
Rock Falls – 2411 E. Rock Falls Rd., 815-625-1800
Mendota – 1901 13th Ave., 815-539-5606