In Truckee and Lake Tahoe with the abundance of road sand, a bigger than normal pollen season and smoke lingering on the horizon, it’s a good idea to consider changing your vehicle's air filter. Additionally, if you drive dirt roads or are a recent visitor to the Playa (i.e. Burning Man), a change is in order. A dirty air filter will restrict air flow and effect fuel economy, performance and emissions. On the other hand, a new, clean, high quality air filter will give you stronger performance, better fuel economy and cleaner exhaust while protecting your engine. Imagine having a clogged air mask over your face - it would make it hard to breathe and perform! So although the manufacturer recommendation for changing an air filter annually or every 15,000 miles may be a good recommendation for the city driver, more frequent attention is need for us mountain drivers in Truckee and surrounding areas. Ask a technician at Quality Automotive and Smog to change the air filter at your next regular service. We carry filters for all makes and models including import favorites Subaru, Toyota, Audi and Volkswagen.
While you’re at it, check into having your cabin air filter(s) replaced. You’ll be driving down the road breathing fresher air all season long.
Photo: Lisa Trent shared a picture of a air filter off her personal vehicle. "The interesting thing is I bought this car brand new on June 24th 2013. That means this filter has accumulated it's current state of filthiness in only 60 days.