The air intake system on your Skoda has been designed to remove any potentially harmful debris or dirt and prevent it causing damage to the engine. This is achieved using an air filter that is in a box on the left or right side of the engine bay. Air filters have a limited lifespan, so when you start shopping for a replacement, you need to consider whether you need a standard or performance filter.
The Types of Performance Filters
Generally, there are two types of air filters. These are often marketed as "High flow" or "High Performance" that are said to increase fuel economy and power. Unfortunately, these are rarely Skoda genuine accessories and are strictly aftermarket options. You will typically have a choice of cotton mesh or dry paper filters. The primary difference between these types of filters is related to the material used for construction.
Dry paper filters are designed to fit the air box of your Skoda to reduce airflow restriction. They are easy to fit, but they tend to need to be replaced more often compared to standard filters.
Cotton mesh filters have been in use since the 1960s and use fine layers of cotton sandwiched between gauze to allow better engine airflow. To ensure proper filtration, the filter is coated with a thin layer of special oil to capture the smaller particles travelling through the filter. These filters are designed to have a longer lifespan, as they can be washed to remove trapped particles and refitted to the vehicle after the application of a small amount of oil. Unfortunately, if you add too much oil, it can become dislodged and be pulled down the intake, leading to possible contamination of other engine components including the Air Flow Meters or throttle plate.
So, Do You Need a Performance Filter?
If you need to replace your air filter, you may be tempted to opt for a performance filter, but it is important to appreciate that most performance filters are sold as aftermarket non branded accessories. It is always best to opt for genuine new Skoda accessories that have been specifically designed for your vehicle. Genuine Skoda parts have been produced to the same manufacturer standards, so you have a reassurance of quality and lifespan. In fact, you may compromise your warranty if you choose to install non Skoda parts. So, before you think about installing a performance filter, it is always a good idea to check with your Skoda service technician who can help you to determine the best parts for the safety and performance of your vehicle.
If you would like to learn more about new Skoda accessories and parts, you should speak to us. We have a full after sales team who is on hand to answer any queries about Skoda merchandise and can advise you on the best Skoda genuine accessories for your vehicle.