Air filters, Automotive car products, Filters

Understanding the importance of air filters

The quality of air that enters a car is entirely out of a driver’s control. It’s why air filters are one of the most crucial component’s to an engine’s life cycle; almost all contaminants in the engine oil come in through the air intake.

Old dirt and high silica content levels in Australia create a need for high quality air filters designed with Australian conditions in mind. In high-dust environments where dust gets kicked up, you’ll often notice how long the dust lingers in the air before it settles. This is how fine Australian dust is – it suspends itself before falling back to the ground. And that’s just what you can see with the naked eye, then there’s the dirt you can’t see.

It’s easy to dismiss the necessity for air filters by writing them off as all doing the same thing, or suggesting oil and fuel filters are more important.

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However, oil filters, fuel filters, and air filters will do the best by a vehicle if they are all working together to prevent contaminants entering the engine. And to work best together, high quality filters are a must.

Fine filtration

Many Ryco Air Filters can trap dirt that’s up to 0.3 microns. To give you an idea of how small that is, a human hair is 70 microns. In only 10 minutes, 12,500 litres of air would have passed through a car’s air filter. That’s a lot of dirt potentially not being prevented from entering the engine by using an ill-equipped filter.

For many customers, these filters may look identical, with the same size boxes lining the shelves. However, not all filters are created equal. The testing, development, and performance specifications that Ryco’s team strives towards is what sets Ryco apart. and it’s important to emphasise this detail.

Without looking at this under a microscope, it can be hard to gauge the difference between Ryco Air Filters and other aftermarket filters, but it’s these microscopic differences that will create a long-lasting effect on a vehicle’s engine life.

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