How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter or Oil Filter?


Your Vehicle’s Filters, Decoded

Two primary filters keep your engine running smoothly.  Your air filter keeps your engine safe from unwanted debris and over time can become too clogged to function.  Your oil filter prevents debris from entering your engine.  These two very inexpensive filters protect one of your car's most expensive parts, the engine.  Though reasonable, don't throw money away replacing these filters unnecessarily.  There are simple guidelines to keep your engine running smoothly without wasting time and money.


When to Replace your Air Filter

Air filters are crucial to your engine's capability to run smoothly.  Over time this critical filter becomes clogged with debris. Once clogged the air filter can begin to disintegrate further harming your engine.  Since the average person isn't going to pop the hood and check their air filter every day here are some basic guidelines for when it needs attention:


  • The general rule of thumb is to change your air filter every 30,000 miles.

  • Consult your owner's manual, if there are any instructions specific to your car, you will find them.  

  • Have a professional mechanic check your air filter every time you take your car in for an oil change or other routine maintenance.  

  • If you have a good eye - open the hood of your car and take a look at the air filter. If it has a lot of debris or just looks really dirty it’s time to change your air filter.

Take the guess work out of maintaining your air filter and just make it part of your vehicle's preventative maintenance plan.  

When to Replace and Oil Filter

Oil filters are less predictable than air filters.  The wear and tear sustained by your oil filter depends on the overall condition of your car.  Most manufactures will recommend changing your oil filter at each oil change or every 3 months.  A trusted auto repair shop can advise you on the best course of action based on the particular condition of your car.  

Filters and Preventative Maintenance

The cost of replacing a filter is a small price to pay to protect against engine damage.  At Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto, we understand the cost of vehicle maintenance and repair. The team is available to educate its customers on preventative maintenance,  such as oil and air filters, stopping problems before they start.  Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto can check your vehicle’s “vital” signs and provide recommendations for future service.  A proactive mindset can help you avoid future problems and ensure your vehicle is operating in a way that’ll keep you and your fellow passengers safe.   

*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.

Copyright 2017 - Published January 25th, 2017 Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto