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How To Change Your Car's Filters - Air Filter, Oil Filter, And Cabin Air Filter

How to Change Car Filters | Central Automotive Service Center

Just like we need clean air to breathe and stay healthy, your car's engine and occupants also require clean air for optimal performance and comfort. To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it is important to regularly maintain and replace its filters. In this guide, we will take you through the process of changing three critical filters in your vehicle: the air filter, oil filter, and cabin air filter. This process is simple yet essential to ensure optimal performance and longevity of your car. By the end, you'll not only ensure your car's longevity but also enjoy a cleaner and more comfortable driving experience.

1. Air Filter Replacement

Your car's air filter is like its lungs, allowing it to breathe freely and efficiently. A clogged air filter can lead to reduced fuel efficiency and engine performance. Here's how to change it:

Tools and Materials You'll Need:

  • New air filter
  • Screwdriver or socket set
  • Owner's manual (for locating the air filter)

Steps You Should Follow:

  1. Consult your owner's manual to find the air filter's location in your car's engine bay.
  2. Open the air filter housing, which is usually held together with screws or clips. Use the appropriate tool to remove them.
  3. Take out the old air filter and dispose of it.
  4. Insert the new air filter in the same orientation as the old one.
  5. Secure the housing and tighten any screws or clips.

2. Oil Filter Replacement

Changing your car's oil filter is a vital part of regular maintenance, as it keeps your engine oil clean and free of contaminants. Here's how to do it:

Tools and Materials You'll Need:

  • New oil filter
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil pan
  • Owner's manual (for locating the oil filter)

Steps You Should Follow:

  1. Position the oil pan beneath your car's oil filter to catch any oil that spills during the replacement.
  2. Locate the oil filter, which is typically on the side of the engine.
  3. Using the oil filter wrench, carefully loosen and remove the old oil filter. Be prepared for some oil to spill out.
  4. Before installing the new oil filter, apply a small amount of fresh engine oil to the rubber gasket on the top of the filter.
  5. Screw the new oil filter into place by hand until it's snug. Do not over-tighten.
  6. Wipe any spilled oil and dirt from the area.

3. Cabin Air Filter Replacement

The cabin air filter ensures that the air you breathe inside the car is clean and free of dust, pollen, and other allergens. Replacing it is relatively straightforward:

Tools and Materials You'll Need:

  • New cabin air filter
  • Owner's manual (for locating the cabin air filter)

Steps You Should Follow:

  1. Refer to your owner's manual to find the cabin air filter's location. It is usually behind the glove compartment, under the dashboard, or in the engine bay.
  2. Access the cabin air filter by removing any necessary panels or covers. This may require removing screws or clips.
  3. Take out the old cabin air filter and dispose of it.
  4. Insert the new cabin air filter, making sure it's oriented correctly.
  5. Reattach any panels or covers that you removed earlier.

Central Automotive Service Center is here to help with your filter changes. If the DIY process is too much for you to handle - simply contact us, and we will be happy to assist!

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