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Top Benefits of an Air Intake Snorkel

Top Benefits of an Air Intake Snorkel

Friday, September 14, 2018

Buying a new 4x4 is always an exciting time, and when shopping around it’s difficult not to think of all the products and accessories you want to fit to your new vehicle. Whether you want to purchase aftermarket products and accessories to enhance the aesthetics or performanceof your vehicle, few of these upgrades are as beneficial as the addition of an air intake snorkel.
Originally designed for military purposes during World War I, submarines and tanks would make use of air snorkels to provide clean air to both the engine and crew while being submerged in water. This idea quickly spread to other machinery such as tractors and agricultural equipment, and then moved into the 4x4 market. There are many benefits of installing an air intake snorkel on your 4x4, and today we’ll be discussing the top benefits in detail to illustrate its importance.
Cleaner air
Most off-road enthusiasts will be trekking through dry and dusty roads which leads to a contaminated supply of air into the vehicle. The dust is generally concentrated at the vehicle’s air intake located behind the grill or from the inner guard of the vehicle, and those 4x4’s traveling in fleets will find the dust even worse. While the body of the vehicle does provide some deflection of dust and other contaminants, it’s far from ideal and leaves passengers with a degree of air contamination and the engine at sub-optimal performance.
The addition of a snorkel raises the air intake of the vehicle to roughly roof height, which means that the air will be cleaner, cooler, and denser than the air drawn from the heated engine bay. Not only does this provide passengers with cleaner air, but it also enhances the performance of the engine since hotter air has less oxygen for combustion and therefore hinders performance. You may have noticed that during chilly winter mornings, your 4x4 is far more responsive with crisper acceleration.
Keeping water out of the engine
It might seem contradictory to put the air intake outside of the vehicle considering that rain will enter the snorkel, but the modern design of snorkels will disperse and drain any water before it enters the engine. When crossing rivers or creeks, even a tiny amount of water reaching the engine can cause huge damages by bending internal reciprocating components. By increasing the height of the air intake, 4x4’s that have snorkels fitted can pass through water almost completely submerged and the engine will still remain free from any water.
Price and maintenance
While most snorkels are designed for certain vehicles, the price of installing a snorkel is relatively inexpensive when taking into account the cost of the vehicle. An air intake snorkel will generally set you back around $300 to $600 and it’s best to get a professional to install your snorkel asa 3 to 4 inch hole needs to be drilled into the side of your vehicle. Despite this, once fitted you can be rest assured that your 4x4 has enhanced versatility and performance.
Keep in mind that you should check the fasteners and fittings of your snorkel every now and then to ensure your snorkel is sealed properly. When air or water is being drawn through a damaged seal or a crack in the snorkel, it can potentially bypass the air cleaner and reach the engine.
TJM Airtec snorkels
TJM Airtec snorkels are manufactured from leading Australian polymer materials that exceed the Australian Standard for UV stabilisation of UV8, with ratings at UV20-UV24. The colour pigmentation process doesn’t cut any corners either, giving you an even, dense and bleed-free product.Proudly Australian made and tested in the harshest of environments, you can have the confidence that a TJM Airtec snorkel will achieve peak performance every time.
If you’re interested in purchasing an air intake snorkel for your vehicle, TJM Australia have you covered. For more information on our wide range Airtec snorkels, phone our head office on 07 3865 9999, or visit our handy store locator to find out which TJM store is closest to you.