The weather doesn't always care about your next adventure. Jeeping doesn't have to be exclusively for sunny, dry days. There are mud holes to hit and streams waiting to be crossed. If you're too tied up in the risks that accompany off-roading through wet terrain, then you shouldn't disregard air snorkels. It might be time to give them a chance.
As you mull over which Jeep performance parts are going to take your off-roading to the next level, you ought to put an air snorkel on that list. If you live in a rainy region, then it might already cross your mind that the engine and water don't mix all that well. Likewise, if you're tired of rivers standing in your way, it'd be better to have snorkel than to suffer expensive damage to your engine. The snorkel protects your engine from dust and water ingestion.
Snorkels Don't Stop at Protection
Aside from dust and water engine protection, did you know that you can boost your engine's performance? Here is how a snorkel works! A combustion engine has to have air to operate properly. The snorkel harvests cooler air from the roof level where it's absorbed into the engine. Cleaner, colder air improves Jeep performance. Not only are you about to embark on a journey that makes your rig more amphibious, but you're going to feel the power difference, whether you're crawling rocks or pushing down on the pedal through the mud.
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If you're in the market for jeep engine parts and a snorkel happens to stand out to you, don't worry about shopping around for the best deals. Here at 4 Wheel Parts, we make it easy for you to have a one stop shop that also gives you the best sales. We have a Best Price Guarantee. If you find the same parts somewhere else for a better price, the guarantee means that we'll match it for you. Within 90 days of your order, you can send in for refund of the difference in price.
Engines need to breathe, and cold air is the most beneficial. An engine's air intake is usually forward facing and located near the grille, fender wall or behind a headlight so that it can capture the coolest air. Pistons compress a mixture of air and fuel for ignition. Water doesn't compress. If it gets pulled through the air intake and makes it to the pistons, catastrophic engine failure may result. Snorkel kits for trucks can raise the air intake level, which also allows the vehicle to move through higher water.
Dielectric Grease vs. Diesel
Most engines need air, fuel and spark to run. A truck snorkel kit can keep water out of the engine and a sealed fuel system may prevent water from mixing with gasoline. However, no spark comes from wet plugs. Covering spark plug wires with dielectric grease can enable water to slide off, allowing them to perform. Diesel engines use combustion rather than spark the mixture of fuel and air. The lack of spark plugs and companion parts mean there are fewer components to worry about in water crossings.
Once the crossing is complete, there are several things to check before continuing. Inspect the hood and snorkel for truck or component damage. Press the brake to remove water from brakes and shoes. Check fluids and if water has mixed with them, drain and refill.
Forging new trails and driving headlong into the muck can be an off-roader's dream. Shallow water can be thrilling, but deep-water crossings can be perilous. This is particularly the case when traversing rivers. Trucks are not waterproof, nor were they made to be amphibious. A universal snorkel kit may be a worthwhile upgrade if rising water levels are part of your 4x4 weekends.
Visit 4 Wheel Parts or come into your local store for the best price and largest selection of engine snorkel kits. From modular and low mount to bare steel snorkel hard lines, we have the parts in-stock and the ASE-certified technicians to help get you back on the trail.