Reasons behind Ford Ranger Cold Air Intake Defects
With a well-conditioned cold air intake on your Ford Ranger pickup, you provide your auto's engine with gains in horsepower and fuel efficiency. However, with constant exposure to dust and unwanted particles, your cold air intake may soon exhibit abnormalities and cause a sudden decrease in performance. If you think your intake system is already beyond its service life, then better step out of your pickup and perform some troubleshooting. Listed below are just some of the common defects and problems encountered by Ford Ranger cold air intake systems and the reasons behind them:
Excessively noisy cold air intake
Generally, cold air intakes make the engine sound louder. But if there is excessive noise coming from the cold air intake, you'd better check for the part's hose clamps for any defects. These hose clamps should be sealed tight to prevent dirt from entering. If you find them loose, then dirt or debris might have gotten into the cold air intake system and caused the noise. The excess noise can easily be heard especially at higher RPMs.
Sudden decrease in horsepower and fuel efficiency
If you notice a sudden decrease in your Ford Ranger's horsepower or even in its fuel efficiency, better check the cold air intake's filter for signs of contamination. Luckily, you can easily inspect abnormalities and defects by mere observation. All you have to do is check for clogged or dirty cold air intake filters. If you want to restore the original efficiency of the part, you may have to buy a replacement for the dirty filters.
Presence of engine smoke
Your biggest concern for your Ford Ranger's cold air intake is hydro-locking. This happens when the cold air intake system takes in water instead of air. This usually occurs when you drive through a deep puddle of water in flooded areas. You see, driving your vehicle in these flooded areas cause the water to get trapped in your auto's cylinders and damage the engine's pistons and connecting rods. Luckily, you can easily detect a hydro-locking defect by inspecting if there is smoke coming from the engine after driving through the puddle of water.