If you want to give your car more power, adding a new air intake is a simple improvement that is appropriate for almost any skill level. This process involves a few simple steps, such as removing the old air intake system, removing parts that need to be reused and installing the new system for more horsepower. Here are the steps to give your car more horsepower with the addition of an aftermarket air intake system:
1. Removing Your Old Stock Air Intake And Filter Casing
The first step in this project is simple, which is removing the old air intake. To start, undo the clips on the air filter housing and remove the filter. Once you have done this, remove the air intake hose, which probably only has a couple of hose-clamps. You will also want to remove the old air filter casing and other parts of the system. You may have some sensors mounted in casings in the hoses; remove them but be careful with the sensors and set them aside.
2. Taking The Sensors From The Old Intake To Reuse Them
You will want to remove any sensors that are attached to the air intake system. Be careful not to touch the sensors because oils from your hands can damage them. Aftermarket parts may come with a new housing, but in some cases they may not. If you do not have a new housing, reuse the old one by attaching it where the old hose was attached to the engine. If it is not part of a hose, cut a piece of the old hose to adapt it to the new intake. You may want to contact an aftermarket parts service to get a new housing for the intake of your engine.
3. Installing The New Intake And Making Custom Brackets If Needed
Installing the new air intake should be a simple process of reinstalling the hose and clamps and putting the new filter in place. You may also have some brackets that need to be fastened to the engine compartment. If you have an intake that was designed for your vehicle, the kit should come with these parts. In some cases, you may notice that the hose or filter housing is a little loose. To correct this, you can make your own brackets to add more support. This can be done by bending aluminum sheeting to make the supports and riveting them to the engine compartment. Bend the edges and paint them to make them look good.
These are the steps you will need to take to give your car more horsepower with the addition of an aftermarket air intake system. If you are looking for simple DIY projects to make your car better, contact an aftermarket parts service to get your intake and other performance parts to get the most out of your car.