Car air intake hoses
Car Air Intake Hoses
Vehicle intake hoses come in a range of different materials. Standard OE for an air intake hose or duct is moulded or vacuum formed black plastic. These are usually shaped and contoured to fit the engine bay and have fittings for sensors. If your vehicle is turbocharged or supercharged you can find stronger versions of the black plastic or rubber and silicone hoses. There are even metal pipes being used for intake air.
Silicone is very popular in the aftermarket and comes in colours besides black. They can be made to any shape and size with different size ends or T pieces. The benefits of silicone is it can take high heat and lasts forever. It will not crack or harden and get brittle like plastic and rubber. Buy good quality ones as the cheap versions are not that reliable.
Popular Questions Asked
What is the purpose of air intake hose in car?
The air intake hoses rout filtered air to the cylinder head combustion chamber of the vehicle so fuel can be mixed with it and ignited. They are either positive pressure on turbocharged or supercharged engines or negative pressure (vacuum) if normally aspirated.
What happens if air intake hose breaks?
The effects are different but the impact is the same. In both cases engine performance suffers. With positive pressure, pressure is lost so the engine can't make power and is sluggish and slow to respond. With negative pressure additional unfiltered air is added so the engine can't make power and is sluggish and slow to respond.
In both cases if severe enough the vehicle will be undrivable. The good part is, once the problem is identified you may be able to patch it up until a permanent repair can be made.
How much does it cost to replace air intake hose?
The costs can vary immensely depending on the hose, what it is made from and how easy it is to source. Anywhere from $60 to over $450.