When to Change the Filter
Most manufacturers recommend that air filters are changed every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. However, the frequency depends on the conditions your car has encountered, and how hard it is driven.
The most important consideration for how often a filter needs to be changed is where you drive - if you find yourself off-road, driving dirt roads, in an area with smoke or pollution, or parking on an unpaved dirt lot, you are going to need to change the filter much more frequently. For most cars and drivers, changing the air filter with every second oil change is frequently enough, or at the very least, once a year.
Another thing to consider is that paper air filter elements can become restricted if they get water logged. If your car or truck has been driven through deep puddles you should check the filter for signs that it has gotten wet.
If the air filter becomes restrictive, both power and fuel efficiency will be lost, as the engine will have to work harder to get every once of air into it. The restriction will lessen the power and you will find yourself using more throttle to make up for it, burning more fuel in the process.
All cars are slightly different, so if it is time to change your filter, use our before you begin checklist, and find your car for specific instructions.