Shopping for the Right Boost Gauge
Why should you buy a boost gauge? Well, for one, it can prolong the life of your engine by showing you how much turbocharger or supercharger boost pressure it is currently handling. If you are concerned with taking care of your engine, then you just made the right choice. There are, however, three common types of boost gauge that you may want to check first.
Types of boost gauge
All types of boost gauges are accurate, don't worry about that. There are just certain differences that you may want to consider.
- Mechanical boost gauge. If you are the thrift DIYer type of driver, then consider this one. Full 270? sweep, and reads straight from the tubings and lines, these are just the highlights of the mechanical-type. What's more, this is the cheapest, in terms of price and operation. If your car has no voltage at all, or operates on a battery but with no generator, then you can rely on this boost gauge. A bit tricky to install, but you can pull it off by referring to a manual.
- Electric boost gauge. If an easy-to-install and hassle-free component delights you, then this type is right for you. An electric-type saves you from the hassle of installation. Plus, you can add all the features that you want. From a memory unit that can recall your peak boosts, to an audible warning alarm that can notify you of your pressure readings, even without looking away from the road. It has only 90? sweep, so it's a bit complex to read than the mechanical type. But if you're up for the add-ons, then consider buying a boost gauge of this type.
- Low Temp 60?to 210? Water Temp boost gauge. If you love drag racing and anything fast, then no questions asked. You definitely need this type. This type is what we could say, the same as the electric type, only with a full 270? sweep. So if you are eyeing an electric type, but having second thoughts, you may purchase this instead.
Appearance and colors
You may also want to choose how your boost gauge would look like once it is installed. Here are some tips:
- You can place your boost gauge in your dash, in a radio slot, or just beside you in the driver's side pillar to give you a good view.
- You may also want to consider the font style, color, and brightness of a boost gauge. Commonly, gauges adapt their colors with regards to time-white numbers by day, colored numbers by night.
- Some car owners and drivers prefer that the LED colored lights match with the color of the other gauges installed in their cars for uniformity. Some boost gauges have a color-change feature depending on your mood.
A boost gauge is typically has a universal fit. The price of a boost gauge ranges from $40 to $300, depending on the type.
How to Install a Boost Gauge
A boost gauge gives the drivers of forced air-induction vehicles an idea on how much pressure their turbocharger or supercharger is producing. Too much pressure in the engine could cause damage in the car's other components. Too little pressure, on the other hand, means that the engine is not yet utilizing its full potential. Sometimes, the boost gauge's dial may lie limply like a clock that ran out of batteries. Without it, the driver is not aware if there is too much or too little pressure in the engine. When your boost guide is no longer functioning, there is no problem in replacing it.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools that you'll need:
- Replacement boost gauge
- "T" coupler
- Radiator clamps
- Extra vacuum line hose
- Electric drill
Step 1:Unscrew the engine cover, and locate a vacuum hose. Cut all the way through the line, exposing two open ends. Put a "T" coupler in between the two ends to give you a tap for another line. Using a small radiator clamp, make sure that the coupler is held securely on both sides.
Step 2: Attach a new vacuum hose from the "T" coupler. Again, using the small radiator clamps, secure it just like in the previous step. Now, insert the "T" coupler in the interior. If there are no holes, you may use a drill to create one. By putting a rubber grommet on the hole you made, it can prevent the hole from cutting the hose.
Step 3: Now, connect the opposite end of the hose to the new boost gauge. Mount the boost gauge anywhere on your dashboard. Reattach the engine cover.
Step 4: Turn on your engine, and rev it to see if there is any change in the boost gauge. The boost gauge is now ready to measure the pressure within the vacuum hose.
And as easy as that, you already have a new boost gauge to keep you updated with the pressure readings in your engine. This DIY installation can be done in an hour for experts, and roughly two hours for beginners. Make the best out of your boost gauge and your car.