The Dos and Donts When Purchasing a Snorkel for Your Vehicle
The vehicle snorkel has a number of purposes. Other than being a trendy and stylish accessory, it allows the engine to breathe cleaner air when you use your vehicle, especially during dusty conditions. It also keeps your engine from breathing water during wading. Without a snorkel, water can get into an engine's air intake and lead to engine damage. This is the reason why a snorkel is something really worth considering for your vehicle.
Here is what you should consider when in the market for a snorkel for your vehicle.
- Check if it will give your vehicle the protection it needs. As already mentioned above, the most important consideration you need to take note of is whether it will give the protection needed by your engine against water and dust. Check if all parts are designed to fit correctly. Check if it will provide water and dust proofing for your air intake system.
- Choose snorkels that are made of high-quality materials. Most snorkels that are commercially available nowadays are made of plastic. It is a great choice when you invest on those which are made of Linear Low Density Poly Ethylene (LLDPE). This kind of material is known for being strong and durable. This is why this kind is widely found in the auto parts industry for items that require long life, impact resistance and good UV durability. You might find in the market a snorkel which has a metal component. In this case, be sure that these metal components are either made of a durable steel or sturdy alloy.
- Consider the amount of money you need to appropriate for getting one. Approximately, it will cost you around $700 to $800 inclusive of the service fee for the installation. Quite a bit for a piece of plastic and some fitting hardware. You can minimize this expense by buying those which are not assembled. These are already available in the market. With just some tools and few hours of your time, you can save approximately $300 for that matter. You just need to exert extra effort in doing this.
- Match the size of the entryway to that of your old snorkel as exactly as you can. If not taken into account, it will affect your installation and will lead to a malfunction from your snorkel after you make all the set up. This will also ensure that enough air is shifted into your engine under all possible conditions - be it idle or full throttle.
- 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 it without these if they are needed.
- DON'T forget to take into consideration the size of your vehicle. This is also for safety purposes. Consider that though your snorkel pipe has a large dimension, it should fit over the crew hatch. This is also important to provide an escape route for the crew in case the vehicle becomes stuck or disabled while underwater.
- DON'T just get any cheap replacement without checking if the part numbers match. We often do this to save money but mind you, you will realize later on that it is best to invest to higher quality products. It is important to be vigilant about these stuffs especially when you decide to “install-it-yourself”.
- DON'T pass on this opportunity. As already mentioned, it is wiser to invest in a product of higher quality than to gamble on buying one which is cheaper. It is wiser to spend a reasonable amount of money for repair than to save a few bucks and be stuck on the road. It is frustrating to encounter a part that fails on the tracks, which could have been avoided from the start.
Intake System Basics: How to Install an Air Intake Snorkel
When a vehicle's intake is submerged in water, it water gets into an engine's air intake, will it could lead to engine damage. An air intake snorkel helps prevent water from entering the engine' s intake, as long as the water is lower than the snorkel. A Snorkels snorkel can also act as a secondary air filter, which catches fine dust particles that may affect your engine's performance. Here are the tools, and steps and steps that you need when installing an air intake snorkel.
Tools that You'll Need:
- Small brush
- 95mm hole saw
- Various spanners
- Rust primer paint
- Air hacksaw or nibbler
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Brand new air intake snorkel
- Step drill (multiple drill bits up to 16mm)
Safety Tips and Reminders:
- Make sure that you're working on a solid, level surface.
- Work in a well-ventilated area and keep a first aid kit handy.
- Always wear recommended safety equipment like closed-toe shoes, an industrial-grade dusk mask, safety goggles and gloves.
- Check your replacement parts and make sure that they are compatible to your vehicle's make and model.
- The right front wheel arch liner, air intake tube assembly, and the guard indicator must be removed prior to installing the air intake snorkel.
Step 1: Cut the webbing from the end of the air intake tube. File or sand the areas where materials were removed to ensure a good seal with the rubber joining pipe.
Step 2: After filing or sanding the air intake tube's end, let the rubber jointing hose lap over end by 30mm.
Step 3: Tape the carton template on the right hand guard's upper rear corner. Check if the template matches the snorkel body's bolt pattern before drilling any holes. Drill 4mm pilot holes and a new indicator position through the template.
Step 4: Use the snorkel's body and template as guides to locate the two main intake holes. Drill two 95mm main air intake holes with a hole saw. Use a step drill to drill the remaining 16mm mounting holes.
Step 5: Use a nibbler or air hack saw to join the two main intake holes into an oval shape. Nibble the indicator hole and use a file to achieve the correct shape. Paint the oval hole's edges with rust-proofing paint.
Step 6: Secure the pillar mounting brackets to the snorkel's body and fit studs to its rear. Place the snorkel on the guard to mark the mounting bracket's outside.
Step 7: Remove the snorkel bracket and mark the mounting holes. Drill 8mm holes on the marked mounting holes. Paint the hole's edges with rust-proofing paint.
Step 8: Once the paint is dry enough, insert the plastic inserts on the mounting holes to fasten the upper mounting brackets to the windscreen's pillar. Secure the snorkel to the guard with the included bolts or screws.
Step 9: Install the rubber hose and air intake tube to the Snorkel. Make sure to secure all the hose clamps. Connect the wire and install the indicator.
Step 10: Connect the ram airhead on top of the snorkel and secure it with a clamp. Install the wheel arch liner and drive the vehicle to test the installation.
Installing an air snorkel will take about 2 hours for an expert DIYer and around 3 hours for a beginner. Have fun and be safe!