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Engine Air Filter

Engine Air Filter

1. What is an engine air filter? The engine air filter is a rectangular or square shaped rubber, plastic or cardboard frame that contains a pleated paper accordion. The paper has fiber or cloth filaments to help prevent contaminants from penetrating it's surface. The contaminants are dust, dirt, road debris, insects and other air borne material from entering the engine’s combustion chamber and intake manifold. 2. How does it work? It works by filtering the air going into the engine intake manifold. The paper accordion traps contaminants from entering the engine. These contaminants are dust, dirt, pollen, bugs, leaves, other foliage and debris that floats in our surface air. 3. What happens if I drive with a dirty or clogged filter? It has been suggested it may negatively affect the cars gas mileage. Recent tests have disproved this theory as modern fuel controls adapt well. What does happen is the engine performance is reduced. When the intake manifold received less air ... read more


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