Which Cold Air Intake Should I Buy?

Most cold air intake systems will work for any vehicle, but it helps to understand what you are shopping for. Here are some tips that touch on what you need to be looking for when replacing your cold air intake system.

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Which Cold Air Intake Should I Buy?

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Plastic or Metal Air Intake Tube?

Air intake tubes are made from either plastic or metal. Plastic intake tubes are typically quieter, while metal air intake tubes look flashier and have a more noticeable sound.

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Oiled or Dry Air Filter?

Cold air intake systems come with oiled or dry air filters. Oiled filters are covered with a thin layer of oil to trap dirt. Dry filters rely on layers of cotton gauze or synthetic fabric, to keep out contaminants. Oiled air filters are reusable and long-lasting.

You can drive close to 50,000 miles before an oiled air filter ever needs cleaning under normal road driving conditions. Cleaning is just a bath of warm soapy water and reapplication of oil. Dry filters don’t require cleaning, but cannot be reused. You’ll need to replace the filter after 15,000 to 30,000 miles or as the manufacturer suggests. Read and follow recommendations on the package.

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Which Brand to Buy?

Most systems will work for any vehicle, but when in doubt, it's a good idea to choose a cold air intake system from a brand that caters to your vehicle type. K&N has produced cold air intake systems for longer than any other brand, and it's one of the most popular brands of cold air intake systems thanks to extensive coverage.

Spectre cold air intake systems feature chrome air intake tubes and designs made to boost torque, horsepower, and fuel economy. They're a favorite choice for motorists with sporty vehicles. AEM cold air intake systems are designed for high-end vehicles like BMWs and Ferraris. Their aluminum air intake tubes come in various colored finishes, including gray, blue, and red to create a cohesive look. While this guide should give you a better understanding of cold air intake systems, you can always visit the friendly AutoZone team with any questions about cold air intake systems and other automotive accessories.

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