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What You Need to Know About Your Car's Different Filters

Your vehicle has several different types of filters in it that keep certain systems running as cleanly as possible. They filter out dirt, debris and other contaminants that can do harm. Here are the standard filters you should know about:

Engine Air Filter

Most people know about the engine air filter. It often comes up with a standard oil change service when the mechanic recommends it being changed out. This filter cleans the air as it enters the engine. It’s a simple component, but it performs a very vital function. When it gets too dirty, you will want to replace it as soon as possible. Fortunately, changing the engine air filter change is a simple and inexpensive process.

Oil Filter

Part of a regular oil change is to replace the oil filter, which keeps metal particles and grime from getting into the oil pan, which can potentially damage the engine if they got through and hindered the lubricating qualities of the oil.

Cabin Air Filter

Your cabin air filter is similar to your engine air filter, but it is more complicated to replace. Fortunately, it does not need to be replaced as often. It is there to keep the air you breathe inside the vehicle as clean as possible.

Fuel Filter

A fuel filter does exactly what the name implies. It filters impurities and contaminants out of the fuel before it goes into the engine. Over time, the filter will get clogged and dirty and the fuel system won’t be as effective or efficient. So, it’s worth replacing when the time comes.

Transmission Filter

Like your oil filter, your transmission also has its own fluid filter that keeps dirt, contaminants and metal shavings out of the internal components of the transmission system. It is typically changed out along with the transmission fluid and pan gasket during a standard transmission service.

Emission Valve/Filter

The emission valve and filter work together to remove toxic fumes from the engine back into your vehicle’s exhaust system, where it is burned off and expelled to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency.

All of these filters perform very important functions and should be maintained and replaced as needed. If you need to have any of your filters inspected or replaced, call San Francisco Automotive Solutions today at (415) 957-1170 or schedule your service appointment online.


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