Most vehicles come with two types of air filters. One is for the engine, and the other is for the cabin's HVAC system. They work in the same way that your oil filter and fuel filter, in that they prevent airborne contaminants from getting into essential systems and causing havoc.
How Your Air Filters Work
Your engine air filter is located near the air intake, where it can capture those pollutants and debris before they get into the engine. Without your engine air filter, those impurities would quickly collect and impair your engine's performance.
The cabin air filter is typically found behind the glove compartment; if it's not there, it's probably under the front cowling on the passenger side of your Toyota. It keeps allergens and irritants from working their way into the air ducts, through the vents, and spreading through the cabin air that you breathe.
Eventually, though, your air filters will get too blocked up with particulates to work effectively. If not that, then they'll degrade with age. That's when you'll want to replace them to ensure that clean air continues flowing freely.
How to Recognize Faulty Air Filters
Fortunately, the signs of a failing air filter are easy to spot. They include:
- The engine misfires
- Your engine horsepower diminishes
- You hear strange noises coming from under the hood
- You can't keep a consistent cabin air temperature
- The cabin smells musty
- You hear a whistling sound coming from the air vents
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If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, check the condition of your vehicle's air filters. If they need to be replaced, choose the best ones for your vehicle. You manufacturer makes the only air filters that are guaranteed to be compatible with your car, SUV, truck, or van. Our online auto parts store has a great selection in stock. Buy now and we'll ship straight to your home!
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