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Protecting Your Car: Importance of Air Intake Filter Maintenance During Wildfire Season

As we enter wildfire season, it's crucial to not only safeguard our homes and health but also our vehicles. Wildfire smoke can pose significant challenges, especially for cars, where the air intake filter plays a vital role in keeping the engine running smoothly.

Understanding the Impact
Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of harmful particles, including ash, soot, and other pollutants. When these particles enter your car's engine through the air intake, they can clog the air filter, and disrupt the combustion process. This leads to reduced engine performance, lower fuel efficiency, and potential damage over time if not addressed.

Importance of Regular Maintenance
Maintaining your car's air intake filter is key to mitigating the effects of wildfire smoke. Here are some essential tips:

  • Inspect Frequently: Check your air filter regularly, especially during wildfire season. Look for signs of buildup or damage.
  • Replace as Needed: If your air filter appears dirty or clogged, replace it promptly. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but in areas with heavy smoke, more frequent changes may be necessary.

  • Use High-Quality Filters: Invest in high-quality air filters designed to capture fine particles. These filters provide better protection against wildfire smoke and other pollutants. For hotshotting we rely on reusable washable filters like S&B so we can clean and replace them monthly.

  • Consider Cabin Air Filter: Don't forget about the cabin air filter, which cleans the air inside your car. Our High Tail hotshot trucks are not equipped with these filters, but some light duty pickups, and most autos are. Replace it regularly to ensure clean, breathable air for you and your passengers.

In conclusion, wildfire smoke can impact various aspects of our lives, including our vehicles. By prioritizing air intake filter maintenance, we can protect our cars from damage and ensure optimal performance during wildfire season and beyond. Stay proactive, stay safe!

For more tips like this please call Erik at Hightail Hotshot at 1-604-728-3037 or email Erik at erik@hightailhotshot.com. “When it absolutely must be there yesterday!”

This is a small, yet crucial step that can significantly contribute to safer driving experiences.  This is true in especially adverse weather conditions or emergency situations on the road.