Filter Facts

Cars, trucks and SUVs are full of filters of all types. You’re probably aware of the two biggies: air filters and oil filters. Each serves as a vital barrier between dirt and other contaminants that could harm your vehicle’s engine. But there are more filters than that under the hood and periodically, they all need to be changed.

Here’s a quick guide to help you learn about the filters found in most vehicles and their role in protection: Engine air filter – Helps block particles that are harmful to the engine’s combustion chambers. Air filters can block even micro- scopic dirt and particles as small as a grain of salt. Cabin air filter – Designed to filter out common airborne pollutants from the interior of the vehicle, including molds, pollen, allergens, smoke, fumes and odors. When changed regularly, cabin air filters can help reduce wear on the vehicle’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Oil filter – Helps keep vitally important engine oil clean. It can capture contaminants that can affect the engine’s performance and life span. Advantage Auto uses ACDelco filters. ACDelco offers oil filters to fit 97 percent of all the cars, light trucks and SUVs on the road today.

Fuel filter – Maintains a consistent fuel flow by helping prevent contaminants — including dirt, scale and rust — from flowing into it. Fuel filters are used on all types of vehicles, including modern fuel- injected models and those with older, carbureted engines. ACDelco offers a wide range of fuel injection in-line-style and fuel injector filters, as well as in-carburetor-type filters.

Transmission filter – Designed to help maintain the operating life of the transmission and keep it operating at optimum levels. Transmission filters use special composite materials of plastic, steel, brass and felt to produce a reliable filter that’s sealed without gaskets or sealants — and Advantage Auto Repair offers a wide variety of them to fit many of the vehicles on the road today.

As we mentioned above, the filters on your vehicle require periodic replacement. The replacement schedule — even for oil filters and engine air filters — varies among vehicles. If you’re not sure when to change each filter, consult the experts at Advantage Auto Repair. We can help determine when it’s time for a change.


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