Air Induction hose clamps
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Air Induction Hose Clamps
Air intake hose clamps perform the vital role of clamping and sealing intake hoses or pipes to stop the air leaking from them. As with any vehicle intake system, outside air is passed through a filter. This filtered air then passes through pipes, hoses and other components until it reaches the combustion chamber in the cylinder head. Either before or in this chamber it is mixed with fuel and then ignited.
The clamp needs to make sure no outside air sneaks in and contaminates the filtered air in a vacuum. In a turbocharged or supercharged system as it is pressurised, the clamp needs to make sure no filtered air is leaking out. The hose clamps on these engines need to be strong and are usually made from stainless steel.
Popular Questions Asked
What are the types of hose clamps used on intake hoses?
Most induction clamps are worm drive like used on coolant hoses or T-bolt. T-bolt clamps exert more pressure than a worm drive. Each clamp is adjustable and covers a certain hose diameter range. It is always important that the clamp size matches the hose diameter.
What are the strongest types of hose clamps?
Stainless steel is the best material to make hose clamps from. Stainless steel resists corrosion and is very strong, durable and has a high tensile strength. It also looks good especially if polished and is recyclable.
Why do hose clamps fail?
The most common cause of hose clamp failure is under or overtightening the clamp. A close second is not placing or aligning the clamp in the correct spot when installing it. Most metal pipe fittings have a bead to help seal the hose and the clamp needs to sit behind this parallel to it. The rarest is structural failure of the clamp. Their construction is very robust.