What is the Cold Air Intake all about?
A cold air intake is an aftermarket add-on. In other words, it’s an engine modification, and it doesn’t come standard on your vehicle. If you’ve bought a used vehicle, the previous owner may have added this component.
A cold air intake works to help your car engine breathe more effectively by moving the air filter to the upper wheel well where there is more cool air and less hot air. It reduces the air temperature while improving the air flow. The effect is more power when the throttle is wide open. Simply stated, it’s a way of increasing car engine performance.
Keep in mind:
- Your cold air intake is not checked as part of your routine service, though the attached air filter will be inspected.
How it's done:
- The battery is disconnected
- The old air cleaner and intake tube is removed
- The new cold air intake system is installed
- The vehicle battery is reconnected
- The vehicle is road tested and checked for proper intake operation
If you have a cold air intake installed on your vehicle, you should have it checked out when you bring your car in for servicing. If your goal is increased performance, and the intake is malfunctioning, you won’t get the results you expect. If you suspect the cold air intake is causing vehicle problems, have it looked at by one of our expert mechanics.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Cold Air Intake?
- Reduced horsepower or general performance
How important is this service?
If you think your car is losing horsepower, have a qualified mechanic check out your performance issues. It will not cause further problems unless unfiltered air is entering the engine. If that is the case, have the cold air intake replaced right away.