One component that is widely forgotten to be taken care of is the intake air filter. It's responsible for providing your engine with clean, filtered air. It needs to be clean and well-kept because it can result in a lot of trouble if forgotten. Here are some of the issues and signs you might experience if the air intake filter in your car is long overdue for a change.
1. It Looks Dirty
The most obvious sign is if the air filter looks dirty. You can spot a color change or even debris buildup. If that's the case, make sure to change it the next time you are at a service shop.
2. Slower Acceleration
Another very noticeable symptom is a slowdown in acceleration and overall performance. Some intake systems can result in a loss of up to 40 HP when they become clogged and dirty. Regular changes, or at least checking it, especially apply to sportier cars - they need more air, and the performance loss will be even bigger.
3. Intake Error Code
Most cars have specific error codes that appear on the dashboard or infotainment system when there is an issue. This also applies to the intake. If sensors pick up an insufficient air supply, they will send out a signal to the onboard computer. Whenever an error code appears, make sure you check it at a repair shop ASAP, because it can be something very serious.
4. Not Being Able To Start The Car
Sometimes not being able to start the car is due to intake sensors sending a warning to the engine. If they detect bad air flow or quality, the vehicle might not be able to start, or experience difficulties starting.
5. Check Engine Light Comes On
The check engine light is your best friend when it comes to vehicle problems. You might ask, "Why is that so?" - because it informs you that something is going on and is causing problems. One of them can be a bad air intake, but it's best to have it checked by a mechanic or diagnostic tool.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or other car problems, make sure to stop by ASAP Automotive & Transmission. We have a wide range of services and specials that your car can benefit from. Give us a call or visit us straight away!