FRAM – Clean air, better driving
Optimal engine performance and a reduced environmental footprint go hand in hand – and the car’s air intake plays a key role. That is why drivers should regularly change the air filters on their vehicles and only use OE-quality replacements, say the filtration experts at Sogefi Group.
Every hour a car spends on the road, it can draw in up to 500 m3 of air. Contained within that air are a wide range of organic and inorganic particles. These particles, as well as oily exhaust gas from other cars, can all end up in the engine compartment. The result: lowered engine performance and possible premature wear-and-tear on engine components. Such replacements can end up in being quite expensive.
To avoid any problems, air filters should be changed regularly during the annual inspection.
To ensure optimal engine performance, the technology of air filters must be cutting edge. The critical factors are the filtration surface, the quality of filtration media and the way it is pleated to ensure optimal air flow. The media used must be resistant to shocks and vibration, made of recyclable materials and often flame retardant. An OE-quality air filter also contributes to lower air intake noises as well as preventing water from being sucked in.
FRAM experts suggest a change of air filter every two years or 30,000kilometres, and more often for vehicles driving in urban traffic, at low speed and those which are regularly stuck in traffic jams. Since air filters are easy to access and require no special tools for replacement, they should be a natural step during a car’s seasonal inspection. The driver will certainly appreciate a smoother car performance, higher output, lower fuel consumption and an improved driving experience.
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