Changing the Filters Is a Crucial Part of Your Vehicle’s Maintenance

Taking care of your automobile keeps it safe, reliable, efficient, and makes it last longer. Vielhaber’s Garage is here to help with all of your vehicle’s maintenance including the filter changes. All automobiles have three filters, many have four filters, and some have five filters. You can get the specific filter count for your vehicle from the owner’s manual. Let’s talk about the five different automotive filters below, when they need to be changed generally, and what they do.


The air filter purifies the air that flows into the engine from the outside. This ensures that the air in the combustion chamber is free of contaminants. The air filter needs to be changed once a year or every 12,000 miles if you put that on the odometer before the year is up. A clogged air filter can cause engine performance problems, poor fuel economy, and issues with your vehicle’s emissions levels.

Cabin Air

Your car, truck, or C/SUV may also have an air filter in the passenger cabin to purify the air that flows out of the vents. This filter generally needs to be changed every 30,000 miles, but the duration varies depending on the filter type. If your cabin air filter is clogged and dirty, you may start to feel sick every time you drive your automobile. Common symptoms include sluggishness and headaches.


The fuel filter needs to be changed every two years or 30,000 miles if you put that on the odometer before the two years are up. The fuel filter purifies the fuel twice to make absolutely certain that it has no contaminants or sediment in it when it is sprayed into the combustion chamber. A clogged fuel filter can cause problems with your vehicle’s fuel economy and engine performance.


The oil filter is one filter that you don’t need to worry about because it is changed automatically when you get the oil changed. Depending on your oil change duration, this is usually every 3,000 miles. The oil filter waits until the oil has circulated through the engine to purify it. This is because the oil picks up dirt and grime from the engine when it flows through it. A dirty oil filter can damage the engine.


Finally, the transmission filter is also usually changed when you have the transmission fluid flushed and refilled. This service should be every 30,000 miles. The transmission filter keeps the transmission fluid clean so it can protect the gears and help the transmission shift gears. A clogged transmission filter can affect your vehicle’s transmission performance.

Again, Vielhaber’s Garage in Findlay, OH, is happy to change your automotive filters when they need it. Call us today.