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How to clean and replace your air filter

How to clean and replace your air filter

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Clogged air filters can reduce your miles per gallon and cause your vehicle to run rough because your engine can’t breathe! Don’t let that happen. Learn how to fix it here.

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[00:00:00] – [Larry] Clogged air filters can reduce your miles per gallon and cause your vehicle to idle and run rough because the engine can’t breath properly. Installing a new filter is easy and will give your car the performance you’ve been missing. Here’s what you need to do the job: a replacement air filter, a vacuum and a flathead screwdriver. I’m Larry Kosilla, pro-detailer and trainer for the last 15 years, but when it comes to what’s under the hood, I’m the student. Follow me, as experts teach me how to diagnose, fix and modify cars on Autoblog‘s Wrenched.

[00:00:30] Replace your filter more often if you regularly drive in dusty or dirty environments. While OEM quality filters are a perfect replacement, you can also consider performance filters and longer life options. Performance filters use a synthetic material that allow better air flow versus a standard paper filter, thus improving power and performance of your engine. Filters come in all shapes and sizes, some are horizontal, vertical and even cone shaped.

[00:01:00] Likewise, washable filters can be reused and last longer than paper filters between servicing. Spencer, replacing the air filter seems pretty self-explanatory, but can’t I just take it out and shake it or do I actually need to change it? – Well the paper element, after a lot of moisture and rain and everything else, gets clogged up, gets a lot of…

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