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West Service Center, Inc.: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

West Service Center, Inc.: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your van engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let’s go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on Virginia freeways, twenty pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce twenty pounds of carbon dioxide?


The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about twelve thousand gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your van needs a lot of air to keep going in Portsmouth. A lot of clean air is best.

You’ve seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your van also works better when its internals are clean. When your van air filter’s dirty, it simply can’t trap any more dirt, so the pollutants just pass through into your air intake system. From there it can clog your fuel injectors and even get into the motor itself. Not surprisingly, burning dust and pollen in your van engine does you no good.

So, we’re talking potential damage for Chesapeake drivers. But another big thing is wasted fuel. Your van engine management computer tries to mix the correct amount of air in with the fuel. If the filter’s clogged, there isn’t enough air for the optimal fuel to air mix and that really messes with fuel efficiency.

In fact, replacing a dirty air filter at West Service Center, Inc. in Chesapeake can improve your fuel economy by up to ten percent. At today’s Portsmouth fuel prices, you should be able to pay for a new air filter before your next oil change.

The verdict: When your van engine air filter needs to be replaced; it needs to be replaced. How often depends entirely on the level of air pollution where you drive in Virginia. A simple visual inspection at West Service Center, Inc. will tell you when you need a new engine air filter.

When you look at the air filter on your furnace at home and see it’s all clogged up with dust and dirt, you don’t hesitate to replace it. When your West Service Center, Inc. service advisor shows you your nasty engine air filter, you now know why you should go ahead and replace it.

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