CAR CARE: Cold-weather driving tough on a filter system

NANAIMO: All engines require a steady flow of clean air in order to operate efficiently and perform at their best.

How would you like to inhale clouds of road salt, sand and debris as you travel down the highway?

That doesn’t sound very appealing, but it’s the everyday life of an automotive air filter in cold-weather driving.

Canadian winters can be considered extreme operating conditions, which means that engine air filter replacement should occur more frequently than under less-severe conditions of othr seasons.

All engines require a steady flow of clean air in order to operate efficiently and perform at their best. A tiny particle of dirt that gets into the engine can score the cylinder walls, ultimately shortening engine life.

Eventually, even the best air filter gets clogged and must be replaced.

Replacement intervals vary by vehicle manufacturer, but a good rule of thumb is every year or 20,000 kilometres.

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