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Factors to Consider When Buying a New Engine Air Filter for Your Car

Choosing the right engine air filter is more critical than you think. A high-quality filter maximizes fuel efficiency and prolongs the life of your engine. But a poor choice can lead to reduced performance and costly repairs down the line. Stick around as we'll take you through all the factors to consider when choosing an engine air filter for your car. 

Filter's Size & Style
There are different types of engine air filters available in various styles and sizes. These characteristics are key factors to ensure optimal filtration. An ill-fitting filter can create spaces where unfiltered air can bypass the filter and enter the engine. Be sure to check and compare the size and fit against the previous filter to make sure you have the right size and type of filter for your engine’s housing. 

Driving Conditions
If you often drive on dusty roads, your filter needs to hold more dirt. Premium filters, like FRAM Extra Guard®, work great at capturing tiny contaminants that might bypass standard filters. However, if you often drive in high-traffic areas, the filter needs are different. More cars around you mean more fumes. In situations like this, a synthetic blend filter like FRAM Ultra® Air is recommended. It offers a good balance between airflow and filtration. 

Filtration Efficiency
Choose an air filter with a high filtration efficiency. Efficiency is the percentage of contaminants an air filter removes. This quality is pivotal in safeguarding your vehicle's engine. Setting a new benchmark with a 99% efficiency, FRAM Ultra® Air offers the best protection for your engine. It's an ideal pick no matter your car needs. 

OEM Recommendations
Consult your car's original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications. These provide valuable guidance on which air filter your vehicle's engine was designed to run with. It is recommended that you choose a filter that meets or exceeds your vehicle's OEM standards. 

Ease of Installation 
If you take pride in doing your own car maintenance, consider filters that are designed for easy installation. FRAM offers a range of engine air filters for a hassle-free installation. 

The warranty can provide added peace of mind regarding the quality and durability of the product. FRAM offers warranties for engine air filters to be free from defects for as long as the recommended change interval. This makes your purchase less risky. 

Which Engine Air Filter is Right for Your Car?  

When choosing an engine air filter, have in mind your car's specific filter needs and the driving conditions. For all-around engine protection, a filter with enhanced dirt-holding capacity, such as FRAM Extra Guard® or FRAM Ultra® Air, often excels in most applications. These filters are designed for easy installation and meet OEM standards. 

Questions? We're here to help. Reach out the FRAM specialists for product and maintenance support.


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