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Dodge Charger Intake Manifolds

The Dodge Charger is an automobile brand owned by Fiat Chrysler. There are three main iterations of the Dodge Charger across seven generations: a mid-size two-door car released from 1966 to 1978, a subcompact car available from 1983 to 1987, and a four-door sedan since 2006. If you are experiencing problems with the intake manifold in your Dodge Charger, then these parts can help you fix it.

How do Dodge Charger intake manifolds work?

The intake manifold is an important component of the engine's combustion process. It is made up of valves that are connected directly to the engine's cylinder heads. During the initial intake phase, the valves supply the air and fuel mixture directly to each port on the cylinder. During the compression, combustion, and exhaustion phases, the valves close up to prevent the air and fuel mixture from leaving. The mixture is then compressed within the cylinders to create a combustion reaction.

The system needs to supply each cylinder with the same amount of air and fuel, so the engine works as efficiently as possible. Intake manifolds also serve as a mount for the carburetor in older engines and fuel injectors in more modern vehicles. Before purchasing a replacement part, you should make sure that it is compatible with the model and the year of your Dodge Charger.

When should the intake manifold be replaced?

The intake manifold should be replaced when there is an obvious problem. The most common problem with intake manifolds is a leak caused by cracks or worn out gaskets. If too much air is sucked in or escapes through a hole, then it will dramatically change the fuel and air mixture of the engine, and you may experience misfires, stalling, poor fuel efficiency, or sluggish power and acceleration.

There may also be a high-pitched whistling or hissing sound coming from your engine. Another potential issue is coolant leaking from the gasket. If you see coolant leaking on the ground or experience overheating in the engine, then you should attempt to diagnose the problem as soon as possible because it means your vehicle is not in proper driving condition. If the coolant is leaking from your vehicle, you may notice oil mixed in with the coolant. Depending on the driving conditions and the age of the part, intake manifolds may last the entire life of the vehicle, or they may break down early due to natural wear and tear.

Can you upgrade the intake manifold on a Dodge Charger?

Yes, by increasing the amount of airflow to the cylinders, an aftermarket part is one of the most common ways to upgrade the performance and the power of your vehicle. Many aftermarket intake manifolds are made with a lightweight cast aluminum material, larger ports, and a larger plenum or a dual plenum design. Some of them are also designed in a way that reduces the likelihood of the part being damaged from cracking or overheating.