How Can I Tell When My Car’s Filters Need to Be Changed?

The best way to tell when your car, crossover, truck, or SUV’s filters need to be changed is to check your owner’s manual. This being said, there are general guidelines that we will list below. We will also list the signs that each filter needs to be changed if there are applicable signs. No matter what, you can count on Premier Auto Repair to change your car’s filters when they need it.


Generally, the air filter located in your vehicle’s engine needs to be changed every 12,000 miles. This ensures that this filter is always clean and the proper amount of air flows into the engine. If you haven’t driven your automobile 12,000 miles in the span of one year, have the filter changed at that time. Signs that you need to have your air filter changed include acceleration and engine hesitation and sputtering, poor gas mileage, and difficulty starting your automobile.


A sign that you need to change the cabin air filter in your vehicle is if driving your car makes you sick. Much like home or commercial space air filters, the cabin air filter cleans the air that flows through the vents into the passenger cabin. This filter is changed every 30,000 miles, but if you get headaches, feel sluggish, or have an increase in your allergies while you are driving your car, it sounds like your cabin air filter is dirty and needs to be changed.


Signs that your fuel filter needs to be changed include the inability to start your car, engine performance issues such as sputtering and stalling, and an inability to accelerate when you press down on the accelerator. The fuel filter uses a double-filtration method to ensure that the diesel fuel or gasoline flowing into the engine is pure. This filter needs to be changed every 30,000 miles or two years. Driving with a clogged fuel filter will definitely affect your engine’s performance.


You won’t get any signs that your oil filter needs to be changed. Once the oil is dirty, your engine will start to overheat and fail. This is why the oil filter is changed automatically every time you get the oil changed in your car, truck, or utility vehicle. As such, you need a clean oil filter every 3,000 miles to ensure the oil flowing through your engine is always clean and protective.

As we said above, Premier Auto Repair in Tyler, TX, can take care of changing your car’s filters for you. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and we will inspect each one.

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