80 how to purchase the right filters for your car
how to purchase the right filters for your car
By Jessica Howe on 2018-11-06 19:28:11
When it comes time to replace the various filters on your vehicle, you have a couple of decisions to make. Most filters, regardless if they are air or fluid filters, have several choices both in quality of filter and brand. How do you choose? Below we break down the options you are likely going to have, and shed some light on the differences in order to enable you to make the most informed and appropriate choice for you and your vehicle.
Cabin Air Filters
The quality of cabin air filters that you use will determine the quality of air that you are breathing. This is one filter that can make a difference in your direct health. If you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies, having a high-quality cabin air filter will reduce the number of allergens those inside the vehicle will be subjected to. Top-quality cabin air filters filter more air pollution as well as organic matter, helping keep the exhaust you are breathing in while in traffic at a minimum.
Also keep in mind, the finer particulates that an air filter can pick up, the faster they will become dirty and start restricting air flow. If you have a high-quality air filter, you will want to clean it more often. This will also extend the life of the filter. Clean filters according to the filter´s manufacture instructions. Different air filters will be made from different filter materials, which means they will want to be cleaned in different ways. Always pay attention to these instructions and cleaning methods in order to get the most out of your cabin air filter.
Engine Air Filters
Engine air filters will come in different sizes and shapes depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Out of the available replacement filters, you will be able to choose from different air filtering materials, as well as choose from different brands of filters. From cloth to metal, there are many types of engine air filters that have different life spans. You will want to make sure you have the right size for the vehicle, and after that, you can choose from different brands and different material types. Take the old filter in with you if needed in order to match the filter´s size and seal.
Some engine air filters that can be purchased as an aftermarket upgrade are designed to last the entire life of the vehicle. These will need to be cleaned in special ways rather than replaced. Special cleaning chemicals may be needed to properly maintain these types of reusable filters, but they will last the entire lifespan of the vehicle. High-quality engine air filters will keep your engine cleaner and prolong engine life. Buying a name-brand engine air filter from a quality source will benefit your vehicle´s engine directly and in the long run.
The only choice you have in purchasing an oil filter is purchasing the brand you want. It is always a good idea to choose a brand of oil filter that matches the brand of oil that you use. Often these two components are designed to work together, and you will get optimal oil system performance by keeping it brand specific. However, this is not mandatory by any means. The critical thing to remember when buying oil filters is to make sure you are buying the right one. There will be one specific model of oil filter that will match your engine, and the only one which will work correctly is that particular filter. There are likely going to be several different brands that make a replacement oil filter for your car. We suggest using the same brand of oil filter as the oil you choose or pick a middle-grade to upper-quality oil filter by a brand that is well-known for great filter quality. There are some filter manufactures that specialize simply in making various filters for your vehicle, even though they do not make the fluids that go with them. These brands are often a good choice.
Fuel filters play a huge role in keeping the engine running clean. Fuel is one of the three components you must have in order to have combustion in the engine. Without a clean fuel supply, fuel lines, injectors, and other small components can become clogged. The result is always the same, and that is an engine that doesn´t run or runs poorly. Because automotive manufactures design their fuel systems differently, fuel filters can be in several locations and be designed a little differently. This means that you want to make sure that you pick the exact replacement filter needed for your model, regardless of what brand it is.
You will have your choice in fuel filter brands. We always recommend choosing a mid-grade filter brand. Cheaper filters may not catch smaller particulates, may fail, may restrict fuel flow and pressure, or clog prematurely. All of the above will cause poor engine performance.
Just as with oil filters and fuel filters, your transmission fluid filters will be very specific to your transmission. Not only will the filter depend on the make and model of your vehicle, but it will also vary depending on if you have an automatic or manual transmission. Again, you will be able to choose what brand of transmission filter you use. If you are having your transmission fluid and filter changed by a professional, then you may have to use the brand that they provide. If that is the case, you will want to know warranty and life expectancy information on the transmission fluid filter. Most filters are designed to last 50,000-100,000 miles if not more. Anything less than that is abnormal and you may want to find a way to use a different brand of transmission fluid filter.
In conclusion, you are going to have different brands and quality of fluid and air filters that you can use on the vehicle. Air filters tend to have more options, regardless if they are engine air or cabin air filters. Pick an air filter that fits your vehicle correctly, and that will provide you with the cleanest air. You are going to see lots of options for your engine oil filters as well, and you will want to purchase one that is of a good quality, and possibly the same brand as the oil you want to use. The type of fuel filter you use is important. A poor quality or wrong fuel filter can restrict fuel to the engine, or cause the engine to become contaminated when it burns fuel that has not been properly filtered. Your transmission fluid filter is going to be the most specific fluid filter, and you will have less options to choose from. However, if you are given options, choose one with a good warranty and lifespan.
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