OIL, AIR, FUEL… WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE THE FILTERS IN MY CAR?
From cabin filter to oil filter, there are several filters in your vehicle that need to be replaced at regular intervals to ensure their efficiency over the miles. Here are all the filter replacement intervals, whether on the engine side or for the well-being of the passengers on board.
As you already know, your vehicle is equipped with several filters including the oil filter or the air filter. What you may not know is that other filters, which are less talked about, are also necessary for the proper functioning of your engine, but also for the purity of the air in your cabin. So also find out about the various usual replacement intervals for the fuel filter and the cabin filter. In order to be certain of the compatibility of the parts as well as the precise intervals for your model/engine, do not forget to consult your vehicle manual and refer to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Oil Filter: Every 10,000 to 15,000 km
This one, you know it inevitably since it intervenes in the emptying of your vehicle, whatever your configuration. The purpose of the oil filter is to guarantee the purity of the engine oil, itself essential for the proper lubrication of the various moving elements that compose it. The more rigorous you are with the oil changes and the replacement of the oil filter in each of them, the more you will preserve the longevity of your engine. This filter should be replaced every 10,000 to 15,000 km on average on recent vehicles. Usually located under the hood, it can sometimes be found under the vehicle. In any case, its replacement is a very accessible operation.
Air Filter: Every 20,000 km
Always for the sake of optimal operation of your engine, here through the supply of clean air, the air filter is also essential. It is responsible for retaining impurities and external dust in order to avoid any pollution and another clogging of the engine. This should be replaced on average every 20,000 km or once a year, to ensure that your engine breathes as clean air as possible over the miles. The operation is very simple for the vast majority of vehicles, do not hesitate to put your hands under the hood!
Fuel Filter: 20,000 to 40,000 km
As you can imagine, this is not a fork! The fuel filter is, as the name suggests, specific to the type of fuel your engine is running on. If you have a diesel car, you will need to replace the diesel filter approximately every 20,000 km. This interval increases to 40,000 km in the case of a fuel filter. In both cases, this fuel filter prevents the clogging of the elements necessary for the injection of your engine. It should therefore not be neglected, at the risk of damaging your injectors and the surrounding elements, and by extension hampering the power of your vehicle. The operation can be quite complex but not overwhelming if you are motivated and have the necessary tools.
Cabin Filter/Pollen Filter: Once a Year
Finally, the last filter on our list is the cabin filter. Also called a pollen filter, this does not intervene in the operation of your engine, but in the protection of your cabin - and therefore of its passengers - against impurities and pollution from the outside. The air used to supply your air conditioning or your heating is therefore filtered, in order to prevent you from breathing pollution full nose. Changing this filter once a year will ensure that your indoor air is as clean as possible, too. The operation is a breeze on many vehicles, as the pollen filter is often simply located under the hood, in front of the windshield. If this is not the case for you, consult your manual. Go, have a good trip!