Maintaining your new Jeep’s air filtration system will ensure it stays on the road well beyond the 100,000-mile mark. Air filtration systems are an important part of your vehicle, ensuring that harmful dirt and debris don’t get into your engine, radiator, and fuel lines.
With its variety of terrain, including rolling plains, dunes near the great lakes, and marshes near Lake Michigan, Indiana is a great place to own a Jeep. Because Jeeps are often taken for off-road adventures, maintaining oil and air filtration systems is especially important to keep these vehicles in good mechanical shape. Bloomington Jeep dealers have some advice for their customers regarding air filters.
- Time to change – In general, automotive experts recommend changing air filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. This is a good rule of thumb for most vehicle owners but, if you drive your vehicle frequently or are often in dirty or dusty areas, more frequent changes may be necessary.
- Don’t try to clean the filter – If your air filter isn’t a reusable filter, don’t try to clean it. It won’t work and may even make the filter even more inefficient. Even reusable filters can be a big hassle, so, in most cases, you’re just better off having your Jeep dealership change the filter every 12,000 miles or so. It’s really not that expensive, and it will go a long way toward keeping your vehicle in good working order.
- Inspecting the filter – When you check your air filter, take a close look under bright light. A clean air filter will appear white to off white. If the filter is darkened, it’s clogged. Even clean-looking filters can be clogged, however, so taking your vehicle in for a change around every 12,000 to 15,000 miles is a good idea.
- Declining gas mileage can be a symptom of a dirty air filter – If you notice that your vehicle isn’t getting the fuel economy it once did, you may want to check the air filter. Clean air is important to the combustion process and, when air is dirty, it will negatively affect the efficiency of your engine.
- Cabin filters – Cabin filters are a relatively recent development in automobiles. They first began appearing in vehicles around 2002 and work somewhat like the air filter in your home a/c unit works. Cabin filters filter the air coming into the cabin of the vehicle from its a/c system, preventing dirt, dust, allergens, and other contaminants from polluting the air inside the cabin. As we spend quite a bit of our time driving, the air quality of our cabins can have an impact on our respiratory health, so the advent of cabin filters was a very positive development.
Most manufacturers recommend that you change your cabin filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. If you’re not sure whether you need to change your filter, two definite warning signs of a dirty cabin filter are persistent bad odors in the cabin or reduced air flow in the a/c system.
Most cabin air filters are located near the glove compartment of the vehicle and are fairly easy to replace, but, for added convenience and to ensure the job is done right, you can bring it to your Indianapolis area Jeep dealer’s service department.
Community Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Martinsville provides top-notch customer care from the point-of-sale to the time you’re ready to trade your Jeep in for a new vehicle. Stop by today for air filter and other maintenance and repair services.