Engine Air Filter: Your engine needs lots of clean air to make it run. Of course, the engine draws this air from the atmosphere all around us. As a resident of Ithaca, you know that there are different types of materials that float in the air such as pollen and dust. The engine air filter needs to remove these debris from the air before it gets into the engine where they will cause accelerated wear to occur, shortening the engine’s life.
Over time the engine air filter will become clogged with these debris resulting in a reduced air flow into the engine. If allowed to go long enough, this reduction in air flow will cut power and fuel economy for your vehicle. At Patterson's Service Station we will inspect and replace the filter when it is needed in addition to cleaning out any other materials that we may find in the air filter housing.
Cabin Air Filter: Many vehicles today are equipped with a cabin air filter that helps remove pollen and other debris from the air that you AC and heater system bring into your car. Being that these air filters remove pollen from the air you are breathing, you are less likely to be distracted by allergies when you drive making you a safer driver.
Cabin air filters are sometimes hard to get at so other shops may not check them. We at Patterson's Service Station want you to be comfortable and safe so we will check it during our inspections and let you know if it is time to replace it. If not changed when needed, these filters can limit the function of your AC, heat and defrosting of your vehicle resulting in discomfort or unsafe driving.
Fuel Filter: Though many gas stations do their best to be sure the fuel you buy is as clean as can be, it is possible that some debris can get into the fuel. These debris can affect how your fuel injectors function causing loss of power, rough idle, and other issues since the injectors have very small ports that can clog easily.
The fuel filter is generally located under your vehicle, so during our digital inspection we will be sure to check it and recommend the replace of the filter when it is due. Because the fuel system can be under pressure, we at Patterson's Service Station do not recommend drivers to change the filters themselves. Patterson's Service Station will depressurize the fuel system and use the proper tools to remove and replace the fuel filter when needed.
Hybrid/Electric Car Battery Filter: The drive battery in a hybrid or electric vehicle is one of the most expensive components of these vehicles. Heat is one of the worst enemies of these batteries so many hybrid and electric cars have a blower system and/or even an AC system built in to help keep the battery from getting too hot. An air filter is used to protect these systems from dirt and dust build up that will reduce the efficiency of these cooling components. Patterson's Service Station in Ithaca will inspect and recommend these filters when they are needed helping keep you drive battery cool.