Car’s Air Filter Cleaning Instructions

by Chuck Dean in Guides

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Most people don’t realize that the secret to a fuel efficient car is keeping the air filter clean and dust-free. The reason behind this is that over time the filter gets clogged. When this happens, there is not enough air under the hood, which makes the vehicle less fuel efficient.

Some experts say that a car’s air filter should be replaced every 15,000 miles, others say it could be longer. It depends on the brand and other factors. What you don’t know, however, is that you don’t need to drive 15,000 miles for your filter to get clogged. In fact it becomes dusty long before you reach this number.

Cleaning an air filter is not a difficult task and if you know the professional cleaning solution you don’t need to hire a professional to get the job done. The process takes no more than 10 minutes. If you want to know how to clean your car’s air filter, take a look at the following tips.

What you need

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Owner’s manual
  • A car


  1. Start by opening your car’s hood. Okay, if you are not very familiar with car parts, you may find it a challenge to locate the air filter at first. That’s why you need to take a look at the manual provided by the manufacturer. In general, the air filter should be somewhere easy to reach. It can be rectangular or square.
  2. The filter usually comes in a metal container. To pull it out, either unscrew the wing-nut that holds the filter to the container or flip up the clamps. Now pick up the filter and take it out of the container.
  3. Tap the air filter a few times on another surface or against the wall to shake off some of the dust, then use a vacuum cleaner to remove the remaining dirt. A minute or two should be enough for you to do the trick.
  4. The chamber should be attended to as well. Vacuum it and pay special attention to the inside. Using a rag or a sponge wipe it all down. Just remember: don’t scrub.
  5. Before you put back the filter, don’t forget to clean the container. Just vacuum the inside of the container to get rid of any dust particles there may be.
  6. Now place the filter back in place. Screw it back.

Benefits of Cleaning Your Car’s Air Filter

  • You save money
  • No need to call in a mechanic
  • The efficiency of your car improves

The benefits of cleaning your car’s air filter are a lot. First off, you will save money on gas. The cleaner you air filter, the more fuel efficient will be you car. Then, you will also save money on a professional cleaner. Instead of calling in a specialist to clean your air filter or taking the car to an auto service centre, you can get the job done yourself. It takes about 5 minutes or so.

Now, how often is it recommended to clean your car’s air filter? Generally, it is advisable that you do so approximately every 5,000 miles. Also, remember that you should call in a mechanic to replace the filter every 12,000 or 15,000 miles. If you do this, you can be sure that your car will run smoothly, the fuel will be spent efficiently and you will save money that you would usually spend on fixing a problem with your car.

If you follow this advice, your car’s air filter will be free of dust. We hope this information helped a lot.

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