|Posted by D on June 1, 2017 at 8:10 PM|
The Dirty air Filter
Do You need a new Filter?
Sometimes, your mechanic is talking about the engine air filter, which keeps dust and debris away from essential moving parts, and sometimes the mechanic is referring to your cabin air filter, which is attached to the car's HVAC system and cleans air coming in through the vents to the passenger and driver.
In both cases, the mechanic tells you just how dirty your filter is and then shows it to you. Inevitably, it will be black and dusty, and a few smacks loosen built-up debris. Always make sure the filter you're seeing is the one from your car and know when your filters need replacement. Cabin air filters, for example, should be replaced every 15,000 to 20,000 miles and are usually found in the glove box or under the dash of the passenger front seat. If your windows are getting filmy or you have a cabin smell it might be time to change them.
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The importance of good records
Most owners don't use it, but the owner's manual for your vehicle has a handy tracking sheet for recording when your oil changes were completed and at what mileage, along with reminders for other service work such as tire rotations or transmission flushes.
Beyond the manual, it's just as critical for you to keep good records of any work done to your vehicle. This way, if a mechanic tries to overcharge you for car repairs you'll see it coming. You'll know exactly what kind of oil you need, when your air filters were changed and what type of work has been done to your car over its lifetime.
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