When it comes to getting more power of your vehicle’s engine, one of the most common and economical ways to increase engine efficiency is to replace the factory air intake with a larger, aftermarket cold air intake.
The factory air intake represents a balance between engine efficiency and keeping down the noise level of the vehicle. They also heat the air during cold weather as well while separating precipitation from coming into the engine.
Larger, aftermarket filters go more towards engine performance whiles sacrificing a bit of the noise reduction. Before you decide to purchase a cold air intake filter, it pays to know their advantages.
There are a number of advantages in improving the cold air intake in your vehicle, particularly if you add to it other modifications that maximize the airflow of the engine system.
Better Engine Power: Generally speaking, the cooler the air coming into the engine, the greater the overall performance will be. Every drop of five degrees translates into an increase of power by one percent. When you consider the heat inside a tight engine compartment, getting outside to come in even on a hot day can increase the overall performance.
However, it must be noted that if the air is too cold then it will interfere with the performance of the engine, so knowing where to mount the intake is very important if you live in an area that experiences cold climate conditions from time to time.
Price: A new cold air intake is a relatively inexpensive way to improve overall engine performance. While you may want to make other modifications to your vehicle, a new air intake can certainly fit into your budget while adding to the efficiency of your engine performance and its easy to install too with little modifications.
KNfilters for example are very popular aftermarket products that many people have used to modify their vehicles. They are inexpensive, yet quite effective in helping to increase the overall performance of the engine thanks to their unique design. This will give your car an estimated horsepower gain by 15.66HP @ 4688 RPM. Thats a big boost considering only minor modifications is required in installing the kit.
Air Intake Placement
A very important aspect to introducing cooler air into your vehicle is where you place the air intake. Ideally, it needs to be in a place where it is unobtrusive your vision while sitting in the driver’s seat, yet still be high enough to avoid incoming water that would otherwise get inside your engine and cause a great deal of damage.
This would rule out intakes at the front of the vehicle and along the undersides as well. However, an air scoop that sits atop the engine and through a hole in the hood generally offers the best compromise as long as the scoop is not so large that it blocks out too much of the road.
Overall, if you live in a generally warm, temperate climate for most of the year, then you can take advantage of cold air intake benefits that will improve the overall performance of your vehicle’s engine. Plus, using KNfilters will maintain that efficiency while removing the dust, dirt and debris from the incoming air so that you can add more power to your engine.