Will A Reusable Engine Air Filter Really Get Better Gas Mileage?

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Engine air intake filters are important for making sure your engine is “breathing” clean air, for proper function and ventilation. They should be changed frequently to maintain top-notch performance. 

Some brands offer reusable engine air filters, which can be cleaned rather than replaced, and claim that they can do a number of things like increase horsepower, acceleration, and, in particular, gas mileage. So are those claims true? The team here at Subaru of Morristown’s Parsippany area service center is here to take a look.

The Truth About Reusable Engine Air Intake Filters

Reusable engine air filters are made from a special material that can be cleaned, either by hand or using a compressed air hose, and reinserted under the hood for further use. They may offer respectable performance–though some studies have found they can allow even more dirt and grime into the engine than traditional disposable filters.

The idea that reusable air filters provide enhanced performance and gas mileage, however, is even more dubious. Nothing has proven any enhanced performance, and EPA testing showed that even clogged-up conventional air filters displayed no significant loss in gas mileage when compared with their reusable counterparts. 

Ultimately, the choice is yours as for what air filter you want to use in your Subaru. The reusable filter may last longer, but it adds a bit of hassle with having to clean it repeatedly. For a simple, straightforward conventional air filter change, schedule service with Subaru of Morristown. 

And if you’re the type to make those changes yourself, no sweat: We won’t hold it against you. But we will suggest getting in touch with our Subaru parts department to get your hands on a great new air filter for your vehicle!

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