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7007 E. Chauncey Ln, Phoenix, AZ, 85054

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Dealership Info

Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sun11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • SunClosed

How Often Do I Need to Change My Engine Air Filter?

Dirty engine air filter

Many Scottsdale drivers overlook replacing their Acura’s engine air filter, but it’s an important part of keeping your car, truck, or SUV in top condition. The ideal interval for replacing an engine air filter differs depending on your make and model, but most automakers recommend installing a new air filter every 30,000 to 45,000 miles. However, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual to find your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule, so you know when to replace a car air filter. Need help replacing your engine air filter? Trust the certified Acura technicians at our service center near Phoenix!

What Does an Engine Air Filter Do?

Your engine air filter keeps dirt, dust, sand, and other particles from entering the engine. Because of this, the filter gets dirty and clogged over time and gets less effective or even negatively impacts your car’s performance. Warning signs that indicate your engine air filter needs a replacement are:

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Misfiring spark plugs
  • Black smoke from the exhaust
  • Service Engine light comes on

While it’s difficult to notice, clogged or dirty engine air filters can also affect gas mileage. This is another reason you’ll want to stay on top of your maintenance schedule and replace your car air filter when needed.

How to Replace a Car Air Filter Step by Step

While your owner’s manual will let you know roughly when you should replace your engine air filter, you may need to change it more often if you often drive on dirt or gravel roads or drive in heavy traffic on hot days. Engine air filters are easy to access on most cars, so you can visually check it from time to time to see how dirty it appears. Plus, the process of changing a car’s air filter is so simple that anyone can do it.
If your air filter looks like it needs to be changed, then follow these simple steps:
  1. Pop open the hood and locate the air filter housing. If you’re unsure of where it is, consult your owner’s manual.
  2. Remove the top of the housing unit on your air filter. You may need a screwdriver to remove the housing. Be sure to wipe off any dirt before opening so that no dirt falls inside.
  3. Once the air filter top is removed, take out the old air filter unit and throw it away.
  4. Place the new air filter in place of the old one, and put the top of the housing unit back on to secure the air filter in place.

If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact us at your convenience!

Keep Your Car Running in Peak Condition at Acura North Scottsdale

If you would rather have one of our professionals replace your car air filter for you, then schedule a visit to our service center. Whether you need to replace a car air filter, need a tire rotation, or simply need an oil change, you can count on the experts at Acura North Scottsdale! We’ll get the job done and get you and your vehicle back on the road safely.

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Acura North Scottsdale Service Specials

Free Oil Change!
Alignment Special
A1 or B1 Service Oil Change & Tire Rotation
Summer Time Check Up
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(877) 704-2064

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7007 E. Chauncey Ln • Phoenix, AZ 85054

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Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 9am-6pm

Open Today! Service: 8am-2pm

Open Today! Parts: 8am-2pm

Acura North Scottsdale 33.6506319, -111.9289963.