The purpose of a filter is to capture and retain impurities, whether solid, liquid or gaseous. Keeping a constant check on the efficiency of your car’s filter systems increases its’ working life and on-board safety.
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Depending on application, filters provide various types of protection and benefits for passengers, the vehicle itself and the environment.
Fiat Group Automobiles decided back in the early 1990s to fit its cars with top quality Cabin Filters to protect drivers and passengers against airborne pollutants and to guarantee the highest possible levels of comfort and safety.
The job of the Cabin Filter is to clean the air that enters the passenger compartment through the ducts of the heating and climate control systems and therefore to improve the quality of the air inside the vehicle.
Just one cubic metre of air can contain between 10 and 80 billion particles, depending on season and local weather conditions. If inhaled, these particles can form deposits in the respiratory tract, with the smallest particles penetrating deepest.
Pure, clean air is essential when travelling by car. Allergies are becoming ever more frequent and this is increasing the level of risk to drivers. In the spring and summer, if pollen enters a vehicle it can cause irritation of the eyes, a blocked nose, breathing difficulties and attacks of sneezing. These conditions can significantly reduce the amount of attention paid to road conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.
If you are travelling at 50 mph, a sneeze will cause you to lose visibility for about 25 metres.
According to research done by the German AvD (Automobilclub von Deutschland), the risk of having an accident increases by 30% in the springtime.
Cabin filters are ideal for providing protection against the solid particles that can be inhaled inside a car, including pollen, particles released by friction or abrasion (like the powders produced by brake pads and tyres during normal use), road dust, industrial powders, soot, bacteria and other breathable fine particles.
The human body's natural defences (the mucous membranes of the nose and pharyngeal cavity) are ineffective against these particles because they are so small. They are therefore particularly dangerous to health as they enable toxic substances to settle in the lower respiratory tract and even enter the alveoli in the lungs.
Gas molecules are between 10,000 and 10 million times smaller than the tiniest solid particles, and can penetrate deep into our respiratory system. Irritant gases like ozone can cause headaches, coughs and persistent watering of the eyes.
Combination filters function like particulate filters but provide an important added benefit. As well as mechanically retaining solid particles, they also help to eliminate the toxic gases and unpleasant odours emitted by vehicle exhausts thanks to a layer of activated carbon. In other words, they provide physical-chemical filtration to improve driving comfort even further.
Air cleaners protect engines against airborne impurities, promoting clean combustion and preventing rapid wear.
The air cleaner itself and the filter box that holds it also play an important role in noise reduction, as they help to attenuate the sound of the engine's air intake.
A correct mix of air and fuel optimises combustion and minimises pollutant exhaust emissions.
Original engine air cleaners distributed by Mopar® always match the characteristics of your engine as they are designed and made to deliver exactly the right flow of clean air. Air cleaners must be replaced at the intervals specified for each model of vehicle.
It is not possible to clear a cleaner with compressed air: the cleaner medium remains clogged even if it looks clean.
Air cleaners have to cope with humid air even in normal weather conditions. Damp or clogged cleaners can increase fuel consumption by up to 15%. Technical conditions require the use of paper and fabric filters treated with hard resins to prevent the folds in the filter medium from leaving through unfiltered air. The shape of the filter element, the depth of the folds, the distance between one fold and the next, and the mounting of the element are all designed specifically for each engine. Original air cleaners distributed by Mopar® are designed, made and tested to ensure constant performance and humidity resistance under all environmental and operating conditions.
Filtration efficiency is the parameter that identifies a cleaner's ability to retain contaminant particles. Inefficient filtration can cause premature wear to valve seats, wear and scoring in cylinder liners and damage to the engine's moving parts. The air flow meter is often the first part to suffer.
Replacing your air cleaner at the intervals specified in your vehicle's Owner Handbook gives the following benefits:
Always insist on original Mopar® air cleaners to maximise the performance and lifetime of your engine.
Oil filter: This cleans the engine oil in a continuous cycle, trapping all the impurities produced by the wear of moving parts as well as solid particles and the residues of combustion.
Original oil filters distributed by Mopar® capture all contaminants, leaving your engine oil clean and better able to lubricate your engine.
Filtration efficiency is the parameter that measures a filter's ability to retain contaminant particles. High efficiency filters mean longer engine life.
Different technical conditions demand different efficiency ratings. Filter types therefore vary according to displacement, power, fuel, type, emission class and application. The mechanical shape and structure of oil filters are carefully designed to resist the pressure surges that propagate through the lubrication circuit. The use of filters that are unable to resist pressure surges can lead to oil leaks during engine operation. Original oil filters distributed by Mopar® are made to resist high pressures and have been tested at the development and production stages for 50,000 high-low pressure cycles to ensure adequate resistance to dynamic pressure.
Throughout the life of an engine, all its parts (including the oil filter) are subjected to very low and very high temperatures. If an oil filter is not able to resist these fluctuations in temperature, its seals can become damaged, leading to oil leaks.
Original oil filters distributed by Mopar® are made from materials that can tolerate even extreme temperatures, from -30° C to +150° C. This means they can easily cope with all conditions from cold starting in the mountains in winter to slow queues on congested motorways in the heat of summer, with a full load and even a trailer in tow.
Original oil filters distributed by Mopar® feature optimised fold designs and a filter medium reinforced by synthetic fibres. They are also made to resist pressure surges, large excursions in temperature, and chemical attack. In short, they provide the most reliable protection for your engine!
Lubricants also make a major contribution to maintaining your car's performance over the long term, as they protect your engine, optimising functioning and reducing fuel consumption.
Selenia Digitek Pure Energy is the new, fully synthetic lubricant designed for the latest petrol engines.
Its particular viscosity grade and its specific formula have been designed to increase fuel economy with a subsequent decrease in the level of CO2 emitted.
Designed specifically for two cylinder TwinAir engines, it allows optimum engine protection even under the high mechanical stress caused by predominantly urban use.
The latest petrol engines combine optimum performance, fuel economy, driveability and noiseless running, thanks to the adoption of innovative technical solutions such as electro-hydraulic valve control.
Selenia WR Pure Energy is the new, fully synthetic lubricant designed to meet the needs of the latest diesel engines.
Exceeding the ACEA C2 specification, it offers a certified low ash content, which plays a key role in protecting the particulate filter from combustion residues which could cause dangerous blockages within the filter itself.
Selenia WR Pure Energy 5W-30 is the first product with the High Fuel Economy System, a special formula which allows significant fuel saving compared to other products with the same viscosity grade.
To enhance all of these features, use Selenia Digitek Pure Energy, the only lubricant designed especially for the latest TwinAir engines:
Increases the protection of all essential engine parts: Selenia WR Pure Energy significantly reduces the danger of turbocharger fouling, which is one of the main causes of reduced performance, and, in prolonged cases, component breakages.
This is an extremely high performing lubricant, capable of combining respect for the environment, thanks to its low ash content, with fuel economy and protection of the increasingly higher performing modern diesel engines.SAE 5W-30, ACEA C2, FIAT 9.55535-S1 CONTRACTUAL TECHNICAL REFERENCE N°F510.D07
Diesel filters serve to capture any solid or liquid impurities that might be present in diesel fuel, thus improving the quality of the fuel and maintaining the performance of your engine over time.
The presence of water in diesel fuel represents a serious risk to an engine's fuel injection system as it can damage the fuel pump and the injectors. This is especially true of common rail injection systems, since the pump circulates a larger volume of fuel than in conventional fuel systems.
Fiat Group Automobiles was the first manufacturer to introduce the common rail system and has developed new diesel filters incorporating innovative technical solutions to eliminate the risk of water contamination.
The latest diesel filters incorporate new, synthetic filter media and are distinguished by the following main features:
As a result, the latest diesel filters offer 95% water separation and extended replacement intervals.
Another important characteristic is the total absence of adhesives. Plastic parts are bonded by an infrared welding process, as most adhesives are unable to resist high temperatures and tend to dissolve in contact with bio-diesel fuels. The absence of adhesives is therefore indicative of high quality and efficient filtration.
Always replace your diesel filter at the specified intervals because:
Especially in large conurbations, exhaust fumes from long lines of vehicles form an invisible "tunnel" of pollutants around them. Soot, dust, exhaust gases and unpleasant odours are literally sucked into the passenger compartment of waiting vehicles, where they tend to build up.
Without the protection provided by the top quality passenger compartment air cleaners distributed by Mopar®, the concentration of exhaust fumes inside your vehicle can reach levels even six times higher than those measurable at the side of the road outside your vehicle.
Combined with proper maintenance of your vehicle, the following simple rules can help you reduce fuel consumption by up to 25% for petrol fuelled cars and 20% for diesel fuelled cars, and reduce average CO2 emissions by around 15 grams for every kilometre travelled.
The original diesel filters distributed by Mopar® feature a synthetic filter medium capable of capturing over 95% of the water particles present in diesel fuel (in conformity to the latest international standard, ISO TS 16332). They therefore minimise injector corrosion.
Thanks to the unique geometry of over 2,000 concentric layers of special synthetic fibres of varying porosity, and thanks to the characteristics of the polymer from which the filter is made, original Mopar® filters can use the principle of coalescence to separate water from fuel. The behaviour of water in diesel fuel is similar to that of oil in water: small particles tend to come together to form larger ones. When these water particles become large enough, they fall to the bottom under the effect of gravity. Water can therefore be collected in a tank from which it can later be purged.
Replace your vehicle's air cleaner and oil and diesel filters at the specified intervals, according to the specific scheduled servicing for each model, in order to keep your engine operating efficiently and to minimise fuel consumption.
The demand for passenger compartment filters is present throughout the year, in addition to service replacement, carried out to have optimal climate conditions, especially useful and recommended in summer. The problem of pollen is particularly severe in the hot weather between the spring and autumn; in the summer, high ozone levels can cause unpleasant irritations; in the winter, PM10 particulate is present in high concentrations and the windows tend to mist up.Don't wait for the spring! Your passenger compartment filter provides important protection all year round, so there are plenty of good reasons for replacing it whatever the season.
To improve air quality inside your vehicle, we recommend having your passenger compartment filter replaced once a year.
For comprehensive servicing, Mopar® Vehicle Protection offers you pre-paid service packs, for scheduled servicing as well as the replacement of the parts most subject to wear.The Mopar® Vehicle Protection servicing plans protect you against unexpected maintenance costs and possible price increases, as every plan includes a fixed discount for the duration of the plan on original used spare parts. Pre-paid service packs will be available late summer 2014.
Your passenger compartment filter needs checking and probably replacing if:
Beware of a clogged oil filter! If your oil filter becomes clogged with impurities, the bypass valve opens and oil no longer flows through the filter. This means your engine is no longer protected; contaminated oil will be pumped all around the engine, accelerating the wear of its moving parts.
To avoid engine damage that is far more expensive than a new filter, remember that: