When to Change Your Filters

Knowing when to change filters is among the most important aspects of maintaining any vehicle.  The oil filter comes to mind immediately, but many drivers are not aware of additional filters that need to be checked and changed at regular intervals.  Of course, when it is time to change filters, your Volkswagen dealership is ready to help!

Oil Filters

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend an oil filter change every 7,500 miles in passenger cars or light trucks.  However, if you frequently travel fewer than ten miles or travel in stop-and-go city traffic on a regular basis, the benchmark of when to change your filters will be less than 7,500 miles.  Most self-serving oil companies recommend changing oil and oil filters every 3,000 miles, or every three to six months, regardless of driving habits.

Air Filter

When to change the air filter on a vehicle is a bit more complicated as it often depends on the type of driving, the climate, and the surface of the roads often traveled.  Driving on dusty, gravel roads will require an air filter change more frequently, while expressway driving requires changing the filter less often.  A common recommendation is to change the air filter every 15,000 miles as a precaution.

Fuel Filter

For high mileage vehicles, most mechanics recommend changing the fuel filter annually.  When cars reach six or seven years old, they often accumulate a fair amount of debris in the fuel tank, so to keep the debris from getting sucked into the engine, change the fuel filter regularly.

Air Conditioning Filter

One filter that many vehicle owners don’t think about is the air conditioning (or cabin) air filter.  These filters remove allergens and dust from air entering the cabin of the vehicle. Mechanics recommend replacing cabin filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.  If drivers or passengers develop headaches or experience breathing problems, that may be a clear indication of when to change this filter.

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