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Advice & Tips - Filters and the importance of their regular replacement

Most owners know that their cars have an oil filter and an air filter and the importance of their regular replacement, but some owners are unaware that the majority of cars possibly have a cabin filter and a fuel filter as well.

The cabin filter is there to stop dust and pollen particles entering the cabin, over time if this serviceable item is not replaced it can place an unnecessary load on the interior fan motor and this can cause it to fail.

This filter should be replaced at certain recommended service intervals, in some cases depending on where the car is used it may be that these intervals need to be reduced.

The pollen filter as it is also known as is not an expensive part, though if not changed a much more expensive fan motor may be required.

The ease of which it can be changed can vary quite considerably from car to car, which can sometimes mean that the filters that are not easy to access could be left for longer than we would like.

The fuel filter of petrol engines in the majority of cases are normally under the bonnet, sometimes near to the fuel tank and can occasionally can be found in the fuel tank it self.

The majority of manufacturers do have recommended replacement intervals on their service schedules but some don’t.

If the filter is left unchanged eventually problems can start to occur.

Sometimes just by replacing the fuel filter problems that have been affecting the driveability of your car can appear to disappear as if by magic.

The efficiency of the filter deteriorates over time and mileage and it may be that it is not filtering the fuel correctly and this again could lead to premature failure of more expensive components.

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