Replacing Your Car’s Air Filter
A clogged air filter can affect your car’s performance, particularly engine power, and reduce fuel mileage. And with gas prices today, you want to maximize every drop of fuel. Your air filter should be checked once a year and should be replaced when dirty or clogged. It usually takes about 10 minutes to replace.
The air filter is located under the hood in a square or round enclosure. There are usually fastening bolts or clips that secure the top of the air filter housing to the bottom portion. After removing the top of the air filter housing, carefully remove the old filter and clean out any debris in the housing. It is very common to find leaves, nuts and twigs in the housing. And yes, sometimes you might find a mouse nest. Be careful not to let any debris material from entering the duct-way to the engine. The debris can damage the engine or other components found in the air intake system of the engine.
After the new air filter is installed, secure the air filter top and start the engine.