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A Quest for Cleaner Air

The rise in the number of automobiles plying the roads nowadays creates more pollution, thus posing harm to the environment and human health. This world-wide problem challenges not just car owners and environmental groups but car manufacturers as well. To reduce pollution, every car produced is installed with an air filter.

Enclosed in a plastic housing, the air filter is located on the top center portion of the engine. As its name suggests, the air filter sifts out contaminants that can cause engine damage and human respiratory diseases. This vital part of a vehicle's air intake system traps unwanted particles that can penetrate and damage essential parts like the engine walls, cylinders, pistons, and piston rings. The air filter gets rid of neurology agents, carbon monoxide, and other respiratory irritants. In addition, the air filter allows better flow of air into the engine. This results in better engine performance.

For fuel-injected vehicles, a panel style air filter is typically used. On the other hand, carbureted cars use the radial style of air filter. Recent technological efforts have come up with a nanotechnology-based filter to improve the quality of air inside a car. This device can remove odors because of the charcoal layers incorporated within it that traps tiny and harmful particles.

Because air filters are exposed to large amounts of dirt, they can be damaged over time. External particles may clog the air filter, which result in poor vehicle performance and mileage. It is advisable to change the part annually or even twice a year. An air filter in good condition does not only lengthen the life of the engine but also provides big savings on gasoline consumption. Also, this contributes to efforts in thwarting air pollution. With these benefits, having a regular air filter replacement is needed.

About The Author Anthony Fontanelle is a 35-year-old automotive buff who grew up in the Windy City. He does freelance work for an automotive magazine when he is not busy customizing cars in his shop.
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