Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Can cold air intake increase horse power?

asked by on

Does cold air intake actually increase the horse power or are those cars a waste of money?

A: For most people it is a waste of money beca...

For most people it is a waste of money because they can actually run worse. Cold air intake does work on race cars, but they are set up by professionals, they are run on dynamometers, and their computers are tuned for that. If you just go and buy one and slap it on the car, half the time your Check Engine Light will come on because the computer knows something is wrong and it flags the code and the car can’t actually run quite as well.

Unless you are a pro with a dyno tune guy that can dyno tune your car and reprogram your computer, stay away from those things. People put them on and they make more noise and think it looks cool when they open the hood. But really, I’ve seen videos proving that it does not give more horse power if you don’t tune them up.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When in 5th gear going uphill my truck looses acceleration replaced cool packs spark plug and wire and oil change confused?

Depending on how steep the hill is you may have to down shift to a lower gear on some hills to keep the rpms above about 2000 rpms. If the engine speed drops below this then it will start to...

Q: Wondering about upgrading car

Hi there, thanks for your question. I'd be happy to offer my insight. I would not recommend pushing the stock 335i motor to 16psi under any circumstances. The stock internals may possibly take 16psi for certain spikes in horsepower, but...

Q: Car sputters, shakes, and check engine light on

Typically, when the Check Engine Light is illuminated and it is flashing, this is an indication that the vehicle's engine is misfiring. This would also explain the symptoms on your 2007 Lincoln MKZ. If the engine has a misfire, then...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.