Ford Mustang Air Intake Systems
The Ford Mustang air intake system provides a continuous flow of fresh air for the car's combustion chamber. The air mixes with fuel in the combustion process, and proper air flow leads to better miles per gallon and can have a positive impact on performance. Regular inspections and maintenance of the intake manifold and other parts are important to extend the life of the system.What are the components of air intake systems?
The components of the air intake system work together to access, regulate, and supply fresh air to the combustion chamber. The air enters the system at the front of the vehicle behind the Mustang's grill or by the wheel well in the case of a cold air intake. The components are the following:
- Intake boot and hose connect the air filter housing to the air flow sensor.
- Air filter removes dirt and foreign particles from the air before it enters the intake manifold leading to the combustion system.
- Air flow sensor allows the car's computer to compute the air/fuel combination necessary for optimal performance.
- Intake manifold distributes the air/fuel mixture throughout the cylinders.
- Throttle body reacts to the gas pedal, regulating the flow of air into the into the intake manifold and combustion chamber.
The cold air intake kit adds oxygen-rich air to the combustion process. The cold air kit moves the air filter away from the car engine. The air is thus not exposed to the engine's heat where it expands. The cooler air brought in through the cold air intake is dense and contains rich in oxygen, therefore, increasing the car's power.What are signs of problems with your Mustang’s intake system?
Your Mustang intake system requires service and inspection as outlined in the manufacturer's schedule. Monitoring the manifold for any leaks is important. Other normal wear and tear can also occur. If any of the following symptoms start happening, it is time to take a close look at the components:
- Reduced power in acceleration
- Increased fuel consumption
- Extended crank time on start
- Idling at higher than normal revolutions per minute
- Engine light that comes on intermittently or steadily
To replace the cold air intake system on a Mustang, follow these steps:
- Park the car on a flat surface and turn it off.
- Allow the car to sit until the engine has cooled.
- Remove the old parts.
- Find the silicone coupling for the kit and attach it to the throttle body.
- Tighten a hose clamp at the end of the coupling to secure it.
- Place another clamp on the coupling front side. Do not tighten.
- Ease the intake tube into the coupling.
- Tighten the coupling and secure the tube brackets.
- Plug the air flow sensor into the new system.
- Reconnect the battery.