Cleaning your vehicle's air filter is essential for optimal engine performance and efficiency. It helps keep the engine and the entire vehicle running properly, and prevents dust, dirt, and debris from entering the engine through the air intake pipe. To ensure your air filter is working properly, it's important to clean it regularly and allow it to dry thoroughly before replacing it. To clean your air filter, you'll need a vacuum cleaner, hose attachment, new air cleaner, screwdriver, and new screws.
First, open the plastic or metal housing of the air filter. Then, attach the vacuum cleaner to the hose attachment and start cleaning the air filter from one position to the next. After rinsing off any excess water, lightly shake off any remaining water to allow it to dry faster. You can also use compressed air to speed up the drying process.
It's important to note that you should never apply oil to the air filter. Doing so can damage the engine and cause costly repairs. Additionally, you should replace your air filter every three years as it can become brittle and won't work as well over time. If you live in a rural area where there is more dirt and dust on the road, you may need to clean your air filter more often than once a year.
If you're not sure when to clean your air filter or how to do it properly, consult a licensed professional before attempting it on your own. For extra freshness after cleaning your air filter, use Simoniz Air Con Sanitiser to eliminate lingering odors and return your car's new fragrance.