Most people who don’t have much experience with cars will shudder at the mention of some technical terms about its operation and function. If you’re particularly new to cars and car maintenance, but still want to keep your vehicle running in excellent condition, then one of the things you must learn is how to change your engine’s air and fuel filter.
Before you panic and decide to have a mechanic do this, know that this is one of the easier tasks about car maintenance. Of course, nothing beats professional work so it might be advisable to go to a shop and observe how it’s done if it’s your first time. If you’re still thinking about getting it done yourself, however, here are a few tips for you to consider.
Practically the Same
For diesel and gasoline engines, the location of the air and fuel filters is pretty much the same. They’re normally found in the air collector box under the hood. However, for diesel engines, there are mainly two types of filter: a primary filter that goes between the tank and the engine, and a secondary filter right by the engine itself.
The air collection for diesel engines is designed to be extremely strong and powerful. The air is sucked directly into the engine’s combustion chamber. Because of this, it’s very easy to lose things like small pieces of debris, nuts, bolts, or even rings and jewellery into the air filter. Always be careful when getting around to these parts. To prevent any accident, turn off the engine before attempting to change your filters.
Check the Manual
The procedures for changing the fuel filters of your engine vary from one car to another. It’s best to read the manual to learn about the specifics of changing the filter. Some are pretty straightforward where you unscrew the old filter, wipe some fuel to the new filter to moisten it, and then screw it on the engine. Others have it much easier with a pop and snap mechanism.
Your car’s air and fuel filters are a vital part of your engine’s overall health. Learning how to change it is a basic skill that every car owner, new or experienced, should know.