Air Filter

Asked by Aug 28, 2017 at 10:52 PM about the 2010 Ford Edge SEL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I replaced my air filter and afterwards the car was running sluggish when I would accelerate. I took it back to the dealership and the mechanic took it for a drive, said it was fine. I took him back out and explained what I was experiencing. He could hear it and feel it. It was like when I would accelerate it would sound like it was revving up and would take its time clicking into the acceleration. They said they hooked it up and when they accelerated they could see it. they said that they were replacing spark plugs and charging me 1000.00. I feel like I'm getting ripped off. Can you shed some light on this issue,

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Is your check engine or service engine soon light now on? If so visit your local auto parts store and have the computer (PCM) scanned for trouble codes. Two things come to mind. First the Mass Airflow (MAF) sensor. Second, the intake air temperature (IAT) sensor. Either one or both may have been unplugged during the air filter change and not plugged back in. This will immediately trigger the check engine or service engine soon light and set a trouble code in the computer. It may also cause the drivability issue that you describe. If you have less than 90,000 miles on your Edge, you don't need new spark plugs! HTH. -Jim

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You are getting ripped off, no way it would cost that much for a spark plug replacement if you did need them, most spark plugs today will last 100K cause of the platinum tips and very high energy spark, some even have iridium tips and they will last longer. As your problem started with the air filter, I would just for a test remove the air filter and see if the whole problem goes away, if it does then get a different brand of air filter and try it. If it doesn't take it too an independent shop, explain what your experancing maybe even take a tech out and show them, you will get more bang for your buck with a good independent shop than you will with a dealer. HTH

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Thanks for the input. No engine light or notification light at all. Just is running very sluggish. Could someone explain to me what an Air Filter does for your car? and can that cause the car to react when I accelerate? Thanks


Your air filter keeps dirt and dust out of your intake. When you replaced your filter you may have disconnected your MAF sensor which would cause it to not run right. $1000 for spark plugs is crazy! Go to a different shop.

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