|Cold Air Intake Systems
Written By: Chris Glardon
Cold Air Intake - A complete replacement of your existing intake system. Cold air intake systems generally extend your intake tube into the bumper allowing to such cooler, less dense air into the engine.
The result of the intake being in the lower portion of the bumper is more consistent air flow allowing the spark and fuel to mix more consistently. This in turn creates more power, better throttle response and in some cases increased gas mileage. Most intake kits come in a choice of colors and finishes to match your engine bay.
Installation & Information Overview
Installation is generally quite simple, with minimal cutting required, if at all. You begin by removing the existing air intake tube and filter. You may have to remove the mass air flow spacer and bracket to remove both halves of the factory unit. Once you remove the factory installed air box and filter, you will start to install the cold air extension. Start at the throttle body and work your way down. You will need to remove the front bumper cover so you can put the new filter and tube extension inside of it. The filter and tube will recess inside the bumper, drawing cool air from the speed of your vehicle. Once you have all the tubes for the cold air intake connected, mass airflow sensors reconnected and clamps tightened, you can reinstall the bumper and take it for a test drive. Make sure your check engine light is not on. If it is, disconnect the negative battery terminal for 20 minutes, reinstall and retest. It should be fine.
Air intakes are generally easier to maintain and add styling to your engine bay. Filters are cleanable as well as the tubes being easily removed for maintience and cleaning. All in all, it's a smart move for a great price!