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Routine Vehicle Filter Maintenance and Car Filter Replacement at Graff Durand

  Your vehicle’s filters may not be the first parts that come to mind when you think of routine auto maintenance; however, these car filters play a very important part in your vehicle’s performance and efficiency. Car filters protect against wear and help the various components throughout your vehicle stay clean and run efficiently by blocking particles like dirt, dust, and gravel from contaminating certain vehicle fluids and components. Routinely inspecting these car filters is key to ensuring your vehicle is running its best, and continues to do so for years to come.

Neglecting to inspect and replace these filters when necessary, can lead to costly repairs down the road. Below learn more about what the air, oil, transmission, and fuel filters in your vehicle do and when to inspect or replace them.


Air Filter
Vehicle air filters are important because they prevent airborne particles from entering your engine. A dirty air filter can cause your engine to run inefficiently and can potentially cause the engine to lose power. When the air filter gets dirty, it can become clogged which prevents the engine from acquiring enough air into the combustion chambers. While the recommended interval to change your air filter can vary, you can check your owner’s manual for a suggestion specific to your vehicle. Replacing your car’s air filter is a simple task that we can take care of for you at your next oil change if necessary!

Oil Filter
The oil filter in your vehicle does exactly what the name implies – it filters the oil running through your car! The oil filter removes any particles that may be flowing through your oil that could cause scratching in your engine. If the oil filter gets dirty, it can become clogged, and bits of dust and dirt can get into your engine causing wear and potentially costly damage. Each auto manufacturer recommends a different timeframe in which you should replace your car’s oil filter depending on the make and model, so check your owner’s manual for more information.

Stop-and-go traffic, driving in extreme temperatures, or towing heavy loads can also put more wear on your oil filter, therefore requiring it to be replaced more frequently. To ensure you receive the best value when you come to Graff Durand, we fully inspect our used vehicles, including the oil filter, to ensure your car runs great for years to come. We’d be happy to inspect your oil filter and change it if needed at your next oil change!

Transmission Filter
The transmission filter blocks contaminants from entering your transmission fluid. Clean transmission fluid transmits power from the transmission to the engine, and dirty fluid can make this process damaging to your vehicle due to the wear and tear that can be caused in the transmission system by contaminants and particles. Overtime, your transmission filter can get clogged which can cause various engine issues including shifting issues and engagement hesitation. Some signs you have a blocked transmission filter, or ill-fitting filter include:

  • A rattling noise from the engine
  • Leaking fluids, coming from your transmission
  • Your car is having trouble switching gears
  • A surge when changing gears
  • Burning smell or even smoke from the engine

Fuel Filter
The fuel filter in your vehicle works along side your fuel tank. The fuel filter cleans out dirt and dust particles that could get into your fuel injector. When you have a clean fuel injector, your vehicle has the ability to use more power and deliver better fuel efficiency. It’s especially important to have your fuel filter checked if you have a used car or if you have driven over 30,000 miles, to ensure you get the best performance and efficiency possible from your vehicle. Here are some signs that may indicate you need to have your fuel filter serviced

  • The engine is shaky when idling
  • Your vehicle has a hard time running at lower speeds
  • The engine has a hard time starting
  • In a severe case, your engine dies while you are driving


Schedule Vehicle Filter Maintenance or a Car Filter Replacement Appointment at Graff Durand, MI

At Graff Chevrolet in Durand, MI we want to make taking care of your vehicle investment easy through routine maintenance. We are proud of our ASE certified service technicians that are able to take care of any auto service you may need, including inspecting and replacing your vehicle’s filters. We’re here to help! For your convenience you can schedule your filter maintenance or filter replacement appointment online or give us a call at (866) 529-1655. We’re proud to serve Durand and our surrounding communities of Swartz Creek, Owosso, Genesee, Flint, Fenton, and beyond at our Service Center located at 9009 E. Lansing Rd., Durand, MI 48429!