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How often should I change my air filter?


By Malachi Nelson

Mon, Aug 27th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Ask the Expert

It’s hard to give a specific time or mileage figure because the life of the filter depends on how much crud it ingests. A filter that lasts 20,000 or even 30,000 miles on a vehicle that’s driven mostly on expressways may last only a month or two in a rural setting where the vehicle is driven frequently on gravel roads. Changing it annually or every 15,000 miles for preventative maintenance may be a good recommendation for the city driver, but not its country cousin.

Regardless of the mileage or time, a filter should be replaced before it reaches the point where it creates a significant restriction to airflow. But when exactly that point is reached is subject to opinion. A slightly dirty filter actually cleans more efficiently than a brand new filter. That’s because the debris trapped by the filter element helps screen out smaller particles that try to get through. But eventually every filter reaches the point where it causes enough of a pressure drop to restrict airflow. Fuel economy, performance and emissions begin to deteriorate and get progressively worse until the dirty filter is replaced.

Many heavy-duty trucks have a ‘restriction’ meter on the air filter housing that signals when the filter is dirty enough to need replacing. But lacking such a device, the best you can do is guess.

Brown Tire will inspect your air filter and take the guess-work out of the situation. Stop down and we will help you out.

What kinds of “memory” are in my computer?

By Corey Mattson

Mon, Aug 27th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Ask the Expert

There are 2 kinds of memory in your computer – short-term and long-term. The short-term memory, called RAM, is erased every time your computer is powered down – no data is lost when RAM is erased. The long-term memory is your hard drive, where yo ..... 
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A Landscape Design will save you $$$

By Peggi J. Redalen

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Ask the Expert

Planning, ingenuity and patience will help keep green in your wallet as well as your yard. Avoid costly mistakes: Really think about how you're going to use your outdoor space for the long run. Know when it is time for a change: Old, overgrown plan ..... 
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How often should I change my fuel filter?

By Steve Majerus

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Ask the Expert

For high mileage vehicles, replacing the fuel filter annually for preventative maintenance is a good idea for two reasons. By the time a vehicle is six or seven years old, there can be a fair amount of rust and debris in the fuel tank. Rust can be fo ..... 
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