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How to Install a Cold Air Intake for your Car

More Power with a Performance Cold Air Intake System?

It doesn’t matter whether you drive a Mustang, a Camaro, Charger, Challenger or Camry, aftermarket performance car accessories are a must. Performance doesn’t just mean going fast, performance means getting the max from your engine for what you put in. Performance means an increase in horsepower, more efficient use of your fuel, and more power from a smoother, cleaner running engine. A great place to start with performance car accessories is a cold air intake system.

Why install a cold air intake on your car?

cold air intake The theory behind this is simple, the harder an engine has to work to get air through the intake tubes and air filter, the more gas gets wasted in the process. Therefore you need to allow your engine as much air as it wants. So why not replace the OEM filter with a performance filter? Because restrictions can exist between your air filter and the engine reducing the benefit of a performance filter alone. The weakest link in the airflow “chain” robs a vehicle of its natural horsepower. Often that weak point is the factory air path leading to the engine. A high quality air intake kit virtually eliminates air path restriction by replacing the air filter and the entire air path to the engine. The reason for cold air is simple. Colder air is denser than warmer air and will expand more when it is heated up. This causes a greater "explosion" in your engine resulting in more power. That's what you wanted to hear right? More power! A cold air intake is designed to intake air at the point under the hood where the air will be the coolest and to remove as many restrictions from the air flow as possible. Many people report an increase in fuel economy after installation. While you won’t find a manufacturer who will guarantee this, the more efficient fuel burn and greater "explosions" let you see how an increase in fuel economy is definitely a possibility. Plus, they produce an awesome "throaty" sound. Just a slight deep rumble during acceleration to remind you and to let everyone else know that your ride can definitely talk the talk and walk the walk.

What parts are included?

Most intake kits will include a new airbox, new high flow intake tube, filter, all necessary mounting hardware, and installation instructions.

Is this a DIY project?

This is definitely something you can do in an hour or so. If your not comfortable, don’t stress, your mechanic can handle it. Here is a brief installation overview to help you decide if you feel comfortable or just want to order the cold air intake kit and then set up the installation appointment. Disconnect the negative battery cable and the mass air sensor. Remove the engine cover, disconnect the crank case vent hose, remove the stock intake tube, and air cleaner assembly. The mass air sensor is the only thing you will reuse from all of this. Install the filter adapter, “L” bracket, and edge trim on the new heat shield. Remove the grommets that the air box was mounted to. You have to test fit the heat shield and mark for a new mounting hole. Drill hole, insert new mounting grommets and secure the heat shield. Install the silicone hoses on the filter adapter and throttle body. Install the mass air sensor assembly on the silicone hose on the filter adapter and the bump hose. Install the intake tube between the mass air sensor and the throttle body. Install the new crank case vent hose between the vent and the fitting on the intake tube. Install the performance air filter, engine cover and reattach the mass air sensor plug and negative battery cable. And your installation is complete. Our total install time was about an hour and a half. We laughed about the fact that it took us longer to get our tools together than it did to do the installation.

Install Instructions

Give your car a little boost by adding one of the more popular car accessories: a cold air intake system. Many designs exist based on the manufacturer of the performance intake and your car's engine size. Whether you choose K&N, AirAid or another brand, the installation for your automobile is typically the same.

Installing an aftermarket cold air intake system is a simple task that can be done in your driveway, garage or workshop in under 1 hour. Adding an aftermarket cold air intake to your vehicle will:

  • Increase Fuel Efficiency
  • Boost Low End Torque
  • Increase Horse Power

Bottom line - aftermarket cold air intake systems are easy to install and well worth the effort.

Step One

Disconnect Negatuve Battery Cable

Disconnect Negative (-) Battery Cable

Step Two

Disconnect Factory Intake

Remove Factory Intake and Lid

Step Three

Attach New Intake

Attach New Intake Housing

Step Four

attach new filter

Attach New Intake Filter

Step Five

Reconnect Negative Battery Cable

Reconnect Negative (-) Battery Cable

Step Six

Check Installation Work

Check Installation Work

Step Seven

Check Hood Clearance

Check Hood Clearance

Wow, that was easy. Now your car will purr as it goes down the road. By installing this cold air intake system, you have added more performance to your car and have installed a great car accessory.