Auto Air Filters

Written by Devin Flanigan
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Auto air filters were the most common complaint of a friend of mine who used to own a Mazda. He complained regularly about the smell which emanated from his air filter. After a while, the smell got so bad that he had to go to a mechanic and get his entire air intake system reconfigured. What happened was that water damage had corrupted the air filters, and mold had blossomed.

To prevent this from happening to your own car, it's a smart move to get regular servicing. Replace your air filters every few months, as per manufacturer instructions. I like to keep my air filters as clean as possible, given all the dust and particulate matter that builds up here in Los Angeles. I figure extra caution is due, given the external conditions.

A Clean Ride with Auto Air Filters

Can auto air filters block out noxious air pollutants like carbon monoxide and sulfur? Unfortunately, most commercial auto air filters are incapable of dealing with these gaseous pollutants. So if you find yourself in the grave position of being stuck in traffic behind a car spewing diesel exhaust, what's your best bet for clean, fresh air?

The answer may surprise you. In fact, the prudent action to take is to open all the windows in your car--and the top, if you have a moon roof. Toxic gaseous compounds tend to accumulate in closed cars, and, without the protection of some kind of filter, the only way to cleanse your car's air compartment is to ventilate.

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