More about Engine Air Filters
Your engine’s air filter, which is sometimes called an air cleaner element, helps prevent dust, dirt and other contaminants from getting inside of the engine. Some airborne debris, concrete dust for example, can quickly destroy an engine if the engine air filter does not trap the debris. Running an engine for even a short amount of time without an air filter or air cleaner element can damage internal engine parts. When the engine air filter is clogged, the engine’s fuel efficiency and/or performance will suffer. The engine air filter should be replaced at tune-up time or more often when subjected to severe conditions, such as driving in a dust storm.
Amazon.com sells engine air filters and air cleaner elements for most vehicles. Replacing the air filter is easy on most vehicles. The air filter or air cleaner element is usually located on top of or next to the engine in the ductwork that delivers air to the engine’s fuel injection air intake. On older vehicles, it can be found in the air filter housing that is mounted on top of the engine’s carburetor. This part is sometimes described as the air cleaner housing. In addition to standard replacement air filters, Amazon.com sells high performance air filters for those seeking peak engine performance.
Before ordering an air filter or air cleaner element for your vehicle, make sure you know the year, brand, model and engine displacement. Click the Part Finder link at the top of this page to locate the air filter that is correct for your vehicle.