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How Often Should You Change Your Engine Air Filter?

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Are you curious how often you should change an engine air filter? Most automakers recommend you should change your air filter about every 15,000 miles, but you should consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to be sure. You can also check with the service department at Ray Brandt Kia in Harvey. Keep in mind that when it comes to how often to change an engine air filter, it will vary based on your driving habits and weather conditions. Read on to learn more about when to change engine air filters.


What is the Purpose of an Engine Air Filter?

Before you discover how often should you change an engine air filter, it is good to know what it is! An air filter cleans the air that passes through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems of your vehicle. It helps reduce the debris, dust, dirt, and pollen, that often get inside. If you don’t change it as frequently as recommended, it will eventually become clogged, which has a negative impact on the interior air quality in your car.


When to Change a Cabin Air Filter

If you often drive around lots of construction in the Harvey area, or if you sometimes drive on dirt roads or over sand, you might need to change your engine air filter more frequently. If you’re still not sure how often to change engine air filter, here are some warning signs to watch for:

  • Increasing dust settling onto the surfaces of your car
  • Persistent unpleasant odors
  • Reduced airflow when the air conditioning or heater is running
Dirty engine air filter

How to Change a Cabin Air Filter

Now that you know how often to change an engine air filter, you might be wondering how to do it. Follow these steps:

  • Look in your car’s owner’s manual to see where the engine’s air filter is located.
  • Often the engine’s air filter is right behind the glove box underneath the hood, which makes it fairly easy to reach, but sometimes it’s under the dashboard and much more difficult to get to.
  • Always use safety gear, such as a mask and gloves.
  • Put the used engine air filter in a garbage bag, and replace it with a genuine Kia OEM air filter to ensure the highest quality, durability, and fit. It will also allow you to maintain the Kia warranty.

Looking to discover other DIY service skills? Learn the difference between regular and synthetic oil and how to check your oil level with our team today!


How Much Does an Engine Air Filter Cost?

The cost of an air filter depends greatly on the make and model of your automobile, but in general, it should cost between $30 and $65.


Bring Your Kia to Ray Brandt Kia for Service

Still wondering how often should you change your engine air filter? If you live in the New Orleans area, bring your vehicle to Ray Brandt Kia for your next oil change, engine air filter replacement, tire balancing, or major repair. We are always at your service. Check out our service specials and contact us today.


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