Installing an aftermarket air intake to your car, like a cold air intake, can improve your car’s gas mileage, performance, and sound. At G Exhaust, we highly recommend that all of our customers come in and get a new intake installed in their cars. It basically pays for itself with the gas mileage that it saves. It is not the most complicated job to do on a car, but if you do not have the experience to do this job yourself, you should bring your car to our shop. Here is the step by step instructions on how to do this job.
Aftermarket Air Intake Installation
Step 1:Determine Specification of your Car
Highly customized cars like Volkswagen Jettas and Honda Civics are easy to find parts for, all you need is your model, year, and engine type. For cars less commonly modified, it is harder for find performance parts. Make sure you have the right parts.
Step 2: Select the intake type, price, and manufacturer that suits you
The intake that you purchase should come with instructions; these instructions can give you the details specific to your vehicle and intake.
Step 3: The Following Steps are not for a Cold Air Intake
A cold air intake cannot be fully installed from above. For a cold air intake installation, you must raise the front of the vehicle onto supports, this should be done on quality ramps.
Step 4: Wait for your Engine to Cool before Working
Make sure to unplug the car battery, begin doing so with the negative terminal (unmarked or black) and then the positive terminal (red).
Step 5: Remove the Original Air Intake
To remove the original air intake, you must remove the air filter, the plastic box that the filter was in, and the tube that runs from that box to an opening somewhere in the engine bay. Some of the parts of these are attached by hose clamps; these are metal rings that can be loosened by turning a metal piece at the end. You will probably need to remove one or more air sensors that give information to the car’s computer. Be cautious when handling these.
Step 6: Do Not Discard the Stock Intake
Your new intake may be damaged or broken, and you still need to be able to drive your car. Set your old intake aside until you know for sure that your new intake is working properly.
Step 7: Fasten the New Intake, Secure it with Hose Clamps
If you bought a cold air intake, you would most likely need to go under your car to complete the installation. Take the sensors from the old intake and fit them onto the new one. When the new intake is installed, using a hose clamp, install the new air filter onto the end.
Step 8: Check Intake
Make sure that the intake does not easily strike other objects in the engine bay. If it does, make sure to tighten the mountings until they are secure. Plug the battery back in, using reverse terminal order.
Following these eight simple steps is how we at G Exhaust install a new aftermarket intake into your vehicle. We highly recommend you let our professional mechanics perform this task for you as some problems may arise. You know you can trust us for all of your automotive needs!