THERE’S A GOOD REASON WE ASK TO CHECK YOUR FILTERS
Posted on September 20,19 by dearholtauto
Some folks are hiding a dirty secret under the hood. We always ask customers about their filters. For regular customers, we keep tabs on when things need to be changed. Filters vary depending on the length of time you have had the filter and your driving habits. We live in New Mexico, so immediately the filter’s number one function is called into use, KEEP DUST OUT.
Our filters catch all the grime, dirt and filth that our cars stir up under the hood. The engine filter protects the engine, the cabin filter cleans the air and protects you. In both filters, the amount of dirt involved in an old, unchanged filter can be shocking. We have seen dirt and debris in all shapes and sizes. Worst of all, an unchecked filter can become a nesting ground for rodents. Mice love to eat your wiring and set up camp in your filter box, perfect little mattress. The closer you live to the mountains, the more you know the story.
Everyone is familiar with the oil filter. This filter works hard to take impurities out of the oil to protect the parts from build ups. You need to change your oil and filter every 3,500-5,000 depending on your vehicle and the oil use. This month get an oil change and replace your engine and cabin filter and you get $20 back.
When your experienced Dearholt Auto Care service specialist technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn’t need a new filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your service advisor’s auto advice if they tell you to change your filter. It’s not costly, and it makes a big difference to your pickup.
An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine needs air to burn fuel. If the filter weren’t there, a lot of dust and debris would come into the pickup engine with the air. That dust and debris would get hot, burn, and produce all kinds of ash and gumminess that would eventually clog up your engine.
Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved.
But air filters themselves get clogged up with all the junk they clean out of the Corrales air. This doesn’t allow the junk into the pickup engine, but it does block up the airflow. A blocked airflow will reduce engine efficiency.
An engine needs about 12,000 gallons of air to burn just one gallon of gasoline. Think of a runner. If he is breathing well, he can run well. But if he has a lung condition, he won’t be able to generate the oxygen necessary to keep his cells powered up. He won’t be able to run at peak efficiency.
Or consider a vacuum cleaner. Even without the light, you can tell when the vacuum bag is full because the machine just doesn’t clean anymore. Change the bag and its efficiency immediately improves.
So keep your pickup breathing well by keeping its air filter clean. That’s good car care.
Albuquerque car owners who get a charge out of the feeling of power in their engine might consider upgrading their air filter. Talk to your personable Dearholt Auto Care service advisor. Premium air filters have been proven to increase horsepower and torque. So with the cost of a premium air filter, you can increase the horsepower in your engine — there’s no cheaper way to do that!
It’s also one of the least pricey and simplest elements of critical routine preventive maintenance – and protects against damage to expensive pickup electronic systems. No Albuquerque resident should have an excuse to drive around Corrales roads and freeways with a dirty air filter.
Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Dearholt Auto Care
Posted on November 15,14 by truck2
All of us Albuquerque motorists know we have to get the oil changed in our pickups periodically. That’s just part of good car care. But when Corrales technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That’s why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your pickup.
Don’t just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. Rio Rancho motorists really do need to change their air filter when it gets dirty. You can check your owner’s manual to see how often your air filter should need to be changed, but remember, if you live in an area in NM with poor air quality, or if you drive a lot or drive under harsh conditions in the Corrales area, you may need to change that filter more often than is recommended.
Changing an air filter isn’t guesswork. If a filter’s dirty, it needs to be replaced. Air filters aren’t very expensive at Dearholt Auto Care in Albuquerque. But the problems they cause if Albuquerque car owners don’t change them can get to be expensive.
For every gallon of gas your pickup burns, it needs 12,000 gallons of air. Clean filters allow better airflow into your engine, which means that your engine will get more air more quickly. That means your pickup engine runs more efficiently.
Dirty air filters cut airflow to your engine. All the debris in the filter clogs up the spaces the air needs to pass through to get to the engine. This dirty air can damage pricey electronic components.
If you are in tune with your pickup, you’ll notice a difference when you change a really dirty air filter for a clean one. Your pickup may actually purr for you again. Its performance improves when it has a new, clean filter. So remember, changing your air filter is one of the most essential elements of preventive maintenance. At Dearholt Auto Care, it’s inexpensive, it’s effective, and it’s essential.
Engine Air Filter
Posted on February 21,13 by truck2
The following Engine Air Filter video is presented by Dearholt AutoCare:
The following Engine Air Filter animation is presented by Dearholt AutoCare:
That’s the filter that cleans the air before it’s burned in your engine. Many people in Albuquerque wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is ‘when it’s dirty’. That’s a function of how much air has passed through the filter, so your manufacturer will recommend a mileage interval for replacing the air filter. But you can imagine that how dirty the air is would affect how quickly the filter gets filled.
If you drive in Albuquerque where there’s lots of dust, pollution or pollen, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner. That’s why we check the air filter with every full-service oil change at Dearholt AutoCare. We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed.
Your filter can only hold so much dirt. Once the filter is full, dirt will pass through to the engine. This dirt gums up the combustion chamber and hurts fuel economy and may cause damage. It can also contaminate the Mass Air Flow Sensor which will affect drivability and can be fairly expensive to replace.
A dirty air filter would also restrict the amount of air that gets to the engine which hurts fuel economy. We can replace your engine air filter with one that matches the factory specifications or you can upgrade your filter for enhanced performance.
So when your Albuquerque NM service advisor at Dearholt AutoCare shows you your dirty air filter, you know how important it is to get it replaced.
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