Ladies: Just Let Him Breathe – Your Engine, That Is
Hello again, AskPatty Nation! Today we're going to give you some honest, blunt relationship advice, because it's come to our attention that some of you are users. Now, we don't mean to judge, you probably didn't realize you were doing it, but you're smothering your significant other. He really needs to breathe... so change that air filter already! Of course, we're talking about taking care of your car's engine. You didn't think we meant your boyfriend, did you?
We've been talking for the past couple of months about the air inside the cabin of your car with some filtration education, and even showed you how to install your very own FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter. Today, as part of AskPatty's ongoing car care, maintenance, and advice tips, we're going to introduce you to your car's other air filter, the one that supplies healthy air to your engine.
Your engine air filter keeps dust and other particles out of the inner workings of your engine so, much like the cabin air filter, over time it'll get dirty and clogged. A dirty air filter restricts the air entering your engine, and that means your engine has to work harder. Your air filter is one item you should always replace frequently. Every 12,000 miles is a good benchmark, and the good news is it's an easy item to replace, so it's a perfect do-it-yourself job.
So, which filter is right for you? Let's take a look at the options available from FRAM:
FRAM's flagship air filter, this little beauty sets the standard for air filter performance. Using a fancy scientifically engineered filter media for high level of protection (they won't tell me what's in it – something about national security), the FRAM® Extra Guard® provides twice the engine protection than average leading brands. It's recommended to change your air filter every 12,000 miles.
Strenuous driving conditions such as idling in heavy traffic, driving on dirty, dusty roads and towing heavy loads can put heavy strain on an engine, and that's where the FRAM® Tough Guard® Air Filter comes in. When operating in these environments, a greater-than-normal amount of contaminants can be ingested, and if the air filter does not trap these particles, they can cause damage to the engine. Designed and constructed with advanced features to capture and hold more dirt to keep engines cleaner in extreme driving conditions, the FRAM® Tough Guard® is the filter of choice for those who spend a little more time on the road than others. Like the FRAM Extra Guard® Air Filter, it's recommended to change your air filter every 12,000 miles.