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Can You Go Mudding With a Cold Air Intake?

November 19, 2022 Education Season 1
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Can You Go Mudding With a Cold Air Intake?
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Many off road enthusiasts are familiar with the benefits of a cold air intake. A cold air intake can improve your engine's performance by providing a denser, colder air charge. But what about when you take your truck off-roading in mud? Can a cold air intake stand up to the mud and water?

The answer is yes! A cold air intake is designed to protect your engine from dirt, dust, and other debris. The filter element is usually made from cotton or another type of synthetic material that can be easily cleaned. As long as you keep the filter element clean, your cold air intake will continue to perform well, even when off-roading in mud and water.

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How to Prevent Water and Mud from Getting in to the Engine when Off-Roading

When off-roading, it's inevitable that your vehicle will come in contact with water and mud. But, if you have a cold air intake, you'll want to take some precautions to prevent these elements from getting into your engine. In this blog post, we'll give you some tips on how to do just that.


Avoid driving through large puddles of water

If you can help it, try to avoid driving through large puddles of water. If you must drive through one, do so slowly and steadily to minimize the amount of water that gets splashed up into the engine bay.


Use a snorkel

If you have a snorkel installed on your vehicle, be sure to use it when driving through deep water crossing. This will help prevent water from entering the engine through the air intake.


Cover the air intake

If you don't have a snorkel, or if you're crossing a particularly deep body of water, you may want to cover the air intake with a cloth or piece of tape to prevent water from getting in. 

Just be sure to remove the cover as soon as possible after crossing the body of water, as running the engine with a covered air intake can cause damage.


Rinse off the engine bay after driving through mud.

After driving through mud, it's important to rinse off the engine bay as soon as possible. This will help prevent the mud from drying and hardening on the engine components, which can lead to damage. 

Use a hose to spray down the engine bay, being careful not to get any water inside the air intake or other openings. Then, use a clean cloth or brush to remove any residual mud. 

So there you have it! You can definitely go off roading with a cold air intake without worry. Just make sure that your cold air intake is properly sealed and avoid deep puddles of water. And if you do get your cold air intake muddy or wet, make sure to clean it as soon as possible. Happy muddering!

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