When should you replace your vehicle’s air filter?

Air Filter

When the airflow in your vehicle is significantly blocked, it’s time to replace your vehicle’s air filter. A clogged filter results in lousy fuel economy and subpar performance. It’s crucial to replace your air filter before it completely compromises airflow, but it’s also beneficial to have a slightly dirty air filter to block out tiny particles. So, if you’re wondering how often you should change your air filter or when to change your air filter, All Star Automotive is here with the answers!

Every vehicle’s maintenance schedule is different, but, on average, your vehicle’s air filter should be changed every 3 years or 30,000 miles. Every vehicle is different and some can go longer than others, but you also need to take into consideration how much you’re driving, and what your driving conditions are. If you’re driving on the highway every day for work or school, then your vehicle’s air filter won’t have to be replaced until you hit 30,000 miles or 3 years. But if you’re driving on dirt roads and gravel, then you will probably need to replace your vehicle’s air filter before the 30,000 mile mark. If you’re still unsure about when you should replace your vehicle’s air filter, you can schedule a maintenance appointment and have one of our highly trained technicians take a look at it!

You can schedule a service appointment online 24/7 here.

At All Star Automotive, we offer a wide range of automotive services to make every step of your ownership experience as easy as possible, whether you’re shopping around for a new, used or certified pre-owned vehicle, or need repairs from certified experts.

To help you find just what you’re looking for, our new inventory and used inventory search provides plenty of options. And when you’re ready, quick credit approvals and online financing help make your purchase go smoothly and efficiently. You can also schedule your service online and get the expertise of one of our factory-trained technicians. All these options are available at Baton Rouge’s favorite place to buy and service vehicles – All Star Automotive! Proudly serving Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Zachary, Baker, Denham Springs, Prairieville, Hammond and surrounding areas.

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Get Your Car Back-to-School Ready at All Star Automotive!

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It seems like only yesterday we were cheering for the last days of the school year and the lazy summer days to come. Unfortunately, time flies when you are having fun and the back-to-school season has somehow arrived! We know you are busy checking school supply lists and shopping all the back-to-school sales for great deals on the trendy must-haves for your little ones, but have you considered what you need to do to get your vehicle ready for the daily commute? At All Star Automotive, we want to help you mark that item off your list! Continue reading

Improve Your Gas Mileage this Summer with All Star Automotive!

Good-Gas-MileageIf you’re hitting the road for this summer, then you probably care about getting the most out of your vehicle — namely, getting the most out of the gas you put in the tank. There are some easy things that you can do to cut down on your gas bill in your existing vehicle. At All Star Automotive, we thought we’d put together this list of helpful tips to get the most out of each gallon you put in the tank! Continue reading

All Star Automotive’s Top Car Nightmares!

Car TroubleThe Halloween season is here again- a time where we enjoy the thrill of scary costumes, horror films and haunted houses. Ghosts, witches and the walking dead are the typical culprits of our nightmares. However, it’s safe to say that we’re all haunted by something that’s a little more believable and much more common- car problems! In honor of the spooky Halloween season, we at All Star Automotive have put together a list of common car nightmares. Lucky for you, our Service Technicians aren’t scared of these common car problems and can have them fixed in no time! Schedule your next routine maintenance appointment or vehicle repair online now, and we can help you rest easier at night! Continue reading

Fall Car Care Tips from All Star Automotive!

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It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end, parents have sent their children back to school and although you may not live in a part of the country where the temperatures drop below 50 degrees, you may be traveling to a part of the country where they do! The start of Fall is the perfect time of year to prepare your vehicle for colder temperatures and traveling for the upcoming holidays. All Star Automotive would like to offer the following car maintenance tips to get vehicles ready for the damp, cold road ahead! Continue reading

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Back-to-School at All Star Automotive!

Back to SchoolIt seems like only yesterday we were cheering for the last days of the school year and the lazy summer days to come. Unfortunately, time flies when you are having fun and the back-to-school season has somehow arrived! We know you are busy checking school supply lists and shopping all the back-to-school sales for great deals on the trendy must-haves for your little ones, but have you considered what you need to do to get your vehicle ready for the daily commute? AtAll Star Automotive we want to help you mark that item off your list! Continue reading

Vehicle Maintenance 101: Wiper Blade Care

WipersIf you’ve ever tried to drive through extreme weather conditions with worn wiper blades, then you understand the importance of caring for this often overlooked aspect of car maintenance. Worn wiper blades can be dangerous because if they aren’t doing the job they’re made to do by giving you an unobstructed view of the road while driving, how will you be able to safely drive in the rain or snow? Freezing temperatures make the rubber in your wiper blades hard and brittle, which increases their tendency to crack or tear; hot weather warps the rubber and prevents the blade from wiping your windshield cleanly. Continue reading

Changing my Oil

When Should I Change my Oil?

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing the oil in your vehicle once a year or every 7,500 miles, and some even recommend every 10,000 miles in passenger cars and light truck gasoline engines.   For diesel engines and turbocharged gasoline engines, the usual recommendation is every 3,000 miles or six months.

There seems to be some mixed feelings and ideas on this.  If you ask different companies you may get an answer stating that this is for vehicles which are driven under ideal circumstances.  What exactly are ideal circumstances?  What we consider normal driving may actually be considered severe driving in certain states.  Stop and go traffic and frequent short trips in cold weather, driving at highway speeds in hot weather and dusty or gravel roads and carrying heavy loads are all severe driving.  For this type of driving it is recommended that you change your oil every 3000 miles. This is not to say that everyone needs to start changing their oil every 3000 miles.  If you primarily drive on the interstate and have a newer car you should probably follow your manufacturers recommendations.  Most newer cars come equipped with an oil monitoring system and a light inside the car will come on to let you know when it is time to change the oil.  A new engine can probably go 7,500 miles between oil changes.  Manufacturers have developed new technology and have created better engines, but they can’t ride with you and make you drive better, nor do they know your driving habits, a good estimate and, what we recommend is to change your oil every 5ooo miles.

Why Change the Oil?

As miles build up more unburned fuel is dumped into the crankcase diluting the oil and causing the oil to break down.  Not changing the oil often enough causes accelerated wear and engine problems.  Oil breaks down due to high operating temperatures, causing a loss of lubrication and without enough lubrication those engine parts rub against each other and wear out.   Also remember to check your oil levels between oil changes because eventually all engines will burn oil, so you may avoid an engine meltdown one day.