Benefits of Cold Air Intake

by Casey Holley

Factory car engines have stock air intake systems. These systems use a paper air filter and intake tube that are based on keeping the engine quiet. Replacing the stock air intake system with a cold air intake system makes the engine slightly louder. However, doing so has numerous benefits.

Longer Engine Block Life

When the engine runs at a cooler temperature, it has a longer life span. This means benefit also extends to engine components, including the radiator.

Faster Throttle Response

When you press the gas pedal from a complete stop, a stock air intake sends warm air into the combustion chamber, which produces a slow response from the engine. However, if you have a cold air intake, the air that enters the chamber is cooler. This enables the engine respond faster than with a stock intake.

Increased Horsepower

Because cold air is more conducive to fuel burning, your engine's horsepower will be increased as soon as the cold air intake is installed.

Better Gas Mileage

Cold air intake systems provide a better air to fuel ratio in the gas lines. This equates to better gas mileage because the mixture is burned more efficiently.

Save Money on Filters

The air filter on a cold air intake can be washed and reused if it is re-oiled properly after washing it. This saves money because you aren't replacing the filter every 15,000 miles, like you have to with a paper filter.

About the Author

Casey Holley is a medical writer who began working in the health and fitness industries in 1995, while still in high school. She has worked as a nutrition consultant and has written numerous health and wellness articles for various online publications. She has also served in the Navy and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health administration from the University of Phoenix.