Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Cold Air Intake

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Cold Air Intake

Common signs include a reduction in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency, excessively high idle, and the Check Engine Light turning on. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Cold Air Intake Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport $487 $416.68 $70.00 7% $524.18
2013 Volkswagen Touareg $435 $364.78 $70.00 7% $472.28
2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage $446 $375.58 $70.00 7% $483.08
2007 Audi A4 $466 $395.98 $70.00 7% $503.48
2012 Lincoln MKS $431 $361.18 $70.00 8% $468.68
2012 BMW M5 $243 $172.78 $70.00 13% $280.28
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Cold Air Intake?

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A cold air intake is a type of engine air intake system that is designed to bring cool air into the engine. Cold air intakes often uses shorter, smoother piping, as well as strategic filter placement away from the heat of the engine to bring cooler air into the engine than would normally be provided by a non-cold air intake system. Cold air is more favorable for engine induction as cold air is significantly more dense than hot air. As a result, it will allow for more power output from the engine. Most cold air intake systems are available as aftermarket kits, however, some manufacturers do offer their own cold air intake kits as an option. Because cold air intake kits are the direct component that feeds the air into the engine, any problems that may arise with the intake over time can quickly lead to other issues with the drivability of the vehicle. Usually a problem with the cold air intake will produce a few symptoms that may alert the driver of a potential problem that should be serviced.

1. Reduction in engine performance

One of the most common symptoms associated with a bad or failing cold air intake is a reduction in engine performance. The cold air intake also uses an engine air filter, which when clogged or dirty can cause a reduction in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency. In more severe cases, a dirty air filter may also cause problems with starting the vehicle.

2. Excessively high or surging idle

Another symptom for a potential problem with a cold air intake system is an excessively high idle. An excessively high idle may be an indicator of a potential vacuum leak. Many cold air intake systems come with vacuum ports to accommodate the original manufacturers vacuum routing. If any of the hoses on these ports break or come free, or the ports themselves break, it will lead to a vacuum leak which will cause an excessively high or surging idle.

3. Check Engine Light comes on

An illuminated Check Engine Light is also a common symptom associated with a problematic cold air intake. If any of the sensors that are installed in the intake detect any issues, they may set off the Check Engine Light to notify the driver of a problem. Problems such as vacuum leaks or faulty sensors are the most common reasons why the Check Engine Light can be set off.

The cold air intake is the induction system responsible for feeding air into the engine, and is therefore very important to its operation. If your vehicle is displaying any of the symptoms above, or you suspect that your cold air intake system may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if your car needs a cold air intake replacement.

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Nicholas

14 years of experience
248 reviews
Nicholas
14 years of experience
Absolute class act. Fast , efficient, and friendly. Even let me know after he did the final xheckover that my oil change spot used the wrong coolant in my vehicle. Highly recommended.
2007 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER - COLD AIR INTAKE - ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO

Omar

9 years of experience
135 reviews
Omar
9 years of experience
Definitely a very good and helpful mechanic. Also very informative and knowledgeable about automotive id recommend this company and this mechanic to anyone.
2011 AUDI A4 - COLD AIR INTAKE - DEERFIELD BEACH, FLORIDA

Chris

19 years of experience
1126 reviews
Chris
19 years of experience
Chris was on time, explained the problem well, good communication. We ended up needing another part and he came back late on a Saturday and finished the job. Very happy.
2004 HONDA ACCORD - COLD AIR INTAKE - LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Brandon

17 years of experience
489 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
He was very knowledgeable. I thought it was my starter however a cable was just unplugged. So instead he hooked up my cold air intake. Thanks man! I will definitely use Brandon for the future.
2005 DODGE NEON - COLD AIR INTAKE - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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