Engines need to breathe free to be able to function properly. That's why the air intake snorkel has to be wide enough to ensure sufficient air to enter the engine for utilization. Because few engines today are ever truly similar to one another, it is very important to be careful in choosing the right one for your vehicle. Getting the wrong air intake snorkel can damage your engine. We've compiled a list of do's and don't's to help you make the right decision.
- Match the size of the entryway to that of your old one as exactly as you can. This will ensure that enough air is shunted into your engine under all conditions-be it idle or full throttle.
- Choose snorkels of high-quality materials. The metal components should be durable steel or sturdy alloys; the plastic sections should ideally be made from polyurethane.
- Take note of whether your current air intake snorkel utilizes heat shields to guard the snorkel from the heat of the engine compartment. You cannot do without these if they are needed.
- Just get any cheap replacement without checking if the part numbers match-these are there to help facilitate.
- Pass on this opportunity. It's better to spend a lot to get your engine working than to save a few bucks and be stuck on the road.
Ignore the possibility that a snorkel might be the right size, but the wrong fit for your vehicle. Position is just as important as size when it comes to fitting the air intake snorkel.
Awareness is the real key here. Take into account the size, shape, position, and even the diameter of the air intake snorkel you will get. A tip you might benefit from is to try out shopping online. Retailers on the Web tend to have search engines that allow for narrowing results to only those that fit a specific year, make, and model to minimize the wrong orders.