Trying to protect your engine, keeping it free from debris, and performing at its maximum capacity seems to be the job of the oil that you have changed regularly. However, there is a bit of assistance to that oil and another part that also keeps debris from getting into the engine. The engine air filter stops most dirt and debris before it ever gets into the engine storing area. When the outside air is drawn in by the engine, it has to run through this filter. Over time, these filters wear down, and you need an engine air filter replacement service.
Because this piece is tucked away beneath the hood near the engine, the filter should always be replaced by a certified technician that knows their way around your Toyota and how to remove and replace these parts safely. When you bring it in to be replaced, they will remove the old engine air filter from its holding area and then replace it with an OEM Toyota engine air filter to maximize the life of the filter.
In most cases, these engine air filters are inspected and changed with interval maintenance services that happen over time as your Toyota starts to age. They are also a part of standard inspections periodically by a Toyota service center.
Like any other air filter, capturing this debris over time will start to break down the filter. If it breaks down too much before it is replaced, then some of the debris that it has been holding back can make its way into the engine. If the engine becomes infested with dirt and debris, things like corrosion and internal damage to the engine will start to develop This could lead to much more damage down the road and cost lots of money for repairs and replacements.
Absolutely. Because these filters are tucked away, you should let a professional manage this task. It is easy for them and can be done in just a couple of minutes. If you have a Toyota in or around the St. George area, then head on over to Stephen Wade Toyota today. Our team keeps OEM parts in stock so that you'll get the highest quality service in the shortest possible time. Give us a call today or schedule your next appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon.