Tips on Buying an Air Intake Duct
The air intake duct of your car is the part of your car's air intake system that transfers air between spaces in your engine. It serves as a conduit for airflow, ensuring proper distribution of air in all the right places, thus assisting in proper combustion of fuel, circulation of air, and expulsion of gases. Usually, when talking about an air intake duct replacement, it refers to the hose or tube near your radiator (it's also one of the first components you need to remove
The Dos and Don'ts When Buying an Air Intake Duct
So your air intake duct is acting up. How do you buy a new one and the best one? Here are the things you need to do.
- Buy a new air intake duct as soon as it's confirmed that your old duct has been damaged, compromised, or leaking air. This is also the case for modifiers or car owners who wish to improve vehicular performance by either installing a better duct or an improved air intake system altogether to improve their engine performance.
- Be aware that the type of duct you should buy will also depend on the type of air intake assembly you have (naturally aspirated or turbocharged). Sometimes, the replacement duct is ten times bigger than the stock duct. Other times, they include air holes to allow for continued operation even when submerged.
- Purchase an air intake duct or tube that can increase the horsepower of your car. A damaged duct compromises the performance of your car, so your replacement duct should bring it back to what it once was or even exceed its original capabilities by increasing air intake.
- Pick between an air intake duct upgrade versus an OEM air intake duct replacement. The replacement duct depends on the specs of the original and serves as a duplicate of it so fitment isn't an issue. Upgraded ducts or whole air intake assemblies, on the other hand, are universal-fit improvement and modifications of the original part.
- When getting an upgraded air intake duct, remember that stock intakes tend to be quieter than fuel efficient more often than not, so as a result they use more gasoline. Choose an air intake duct upgrade that has all the right specs required for ensuring greater fuel economy for your car.
- DON'T get drawn in by mere hype or marketing spiels. Instead of instantly believing the copy of heavily advertised OE-standard aftermarket car parts, check the specifications and do your research on ducts to know which specs actually matter (like whether it's a stainless steel, aluminum, or PVC duct tube as well as duct size in diameter).
- DON'T forget to get an air intake duct or assembly with more effective filters included. Instead of a duct with disposable paper filters for debris filtration, you should acquire an air intake duct kit with filters that require cleaning every 25,000 to 50,000 miles to save you money on gas and cleanup maintenance.
- DON'T forgo the quality of your air intake duct just because it's a cheaper purchase. You'll suffer more in the long term by going with a low-grade compromise since it probably won't last and you'll end up replacing your replacement duct in mere months or even weeks.
- DON'T get an ill-fitting "universal" air intake duct tube that requires cutting or welding to fit into your air intake assembly. Instead, ensure easy installation by getting a direct-fit air intake duct instead.