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7 Key Cold Air Intake Benefits for Your Vehicle

The feeling you get driving your car is breathtaking! Of course, you want to take care of your car the best you can. You even keep the car washed and waxed!

One way to improve the performance of your dream machine is to add a cold air intake to the engine. For most auto shops, adding a cold air intake modification in your car will only set you back a few hundred dollars after installation fees and taxes. 

If that sounds like a lot of money, wait until you know all the benefits your car gets when the intake can pull in cool air instead of hot air nearer to the engine. Keep reading to learn all of the impressive cold air intake benefits for your car’s engine performance.

1. Get Better Gas Mileage

Does your car eat through a tank of gas like a ravenous beast? One way to increase your gas mileage is to add a cold air intake for your engine.

With a cold air intake installed, the cold air draws up from underneath the car and flows through the engine with ease. This optimizes the gasoline/ oxygen ratio, which allows your car to run using less gasoline than it would without the cold air intake installed.

Depending on the type and condition of your car, a cold air intake can get you a few extra miles per gallon. With gas prices not coming down any time soon, those savings will add up over time!

2. Quicker Response From Your Throttle

We aren’t saying you should race your car, but if you do, you know that a quick throttle is often the difference between winning and losing a race. You don’t want to be the last car left in the dust!

The cooler air supplied by a cold air intake gets a much quicker response out of the engine. The warm air supplied by a standard air intake is much slower to combust inside the engine.

3. Longer Engine Lifespan

Many factors affect the lifespan of your car’s engine. If you take proper care of your engine, the lifespan increases. 

One thing that causes a ton of damage is excessive heat in the engine. When metal is hot, it expands, warps, bends and becomes brittle. Since your engine is all metal components, too much heat is very bad for your engine!

A cold air intake is a great way to increase the cool airflow through the engine and allow it to run at a lower temperature. Your radiator will also appreciate the cooler running temperatures. 

4. Cool Custom Look

Have you ever looked under the hood of a hot rod and saw chromed out parts and parts with custom coloring? A quick way to get this kind of look in under your hood is to add a sick looking cold air intake.

Many retailers carry a variety of cold air intake styles and colors. With so many options out on the market, you’re sure to find one that suits the aesthetic of your car!

5. Increase in Horsepower and Speed

One of the biggest benefits, and why most people have a cold air intake installed, is an instant jump in your car’s horsepower! Some cars can see a significant increase in the speed and power they can push out.

The increased flow of oxygen and cooler air temperatures make the perfect conditions for the combustion that powers the pistons in your engine. The more combustion there is, the more horsepower your engine can produce and the faster your car will move!

6. Adding a Cold Air Intake Benefits Your Wallet Too!

Regular air intakes have filters to keep out larger debris. These filters are not durable because they’re made of paper, so you will need to replace them at least every 15,000 miles.

But, with a cold air intake filter, you won’t need to replace the filter as often. All you need to do is wash off the filter and lubricate it, then you can slap that baby back in and keep driving!

Though the paper filters aren’t super expensive, the cost of replacing them adds up over time. Since you won’t need to fork out your hard-earned cash for replacement filters anymore, you can enjoy watching the savings stack up in your bank account!

7. Better Air Compression

Another benefit of installing a cold air intake is that the air compression is more favorable than in a warm air system. Cooler air is much denser than warmer air and you want as much oxygen in the engine as possible.

More oxygen means more fuel burns, which gives your car more power! The combustion inside your engine will appreciate the denser oxygen content and reward you with better engine performance.

Do You Feel the Need for Speed?

With all of the cold air intake benefits like these, it’s a no brainer! The upfront cost of adding a cold air intake to your car engine is well worth it. Your car will perform better, look better, and sound better!

If you are looking to get better performance out of your car engine, adding the cold air intake is a good place to start!

We hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you learned a thing or two about what a cold air intake can do for your car. If you need more information on auto maintenance and/or repairs, check out the rest of our blog today!