A snorkel is used by avid off-roading enthusiasts when crossing waterlogged roads, rivulets, or sandy terrain. A snorkel not only enhances the esthetics of the vehicle but also plays a crucial role in providing fresh and cool air to the engine. Its primary role is to keep the engine breathing.
When you move the air intake of your engine from underneath the bonnet of your car to roof heights, it prevents the water from entering the engine while you are crossing the rivers or waterlogged roads. If you own a Ford Ranger Snorkel and are planning your off-roading expedition, it is time that you install a Ford Ranger Snorkel and make the most out of it.
There are numerous benefits of installing a snorkel to your ford ranger. Let us understand some of the top benefits of car snorkel.
Provides Clean Air
Clean air means less dust. When you have a snorkel it pulls air from the roof level which is clean as the dust and debris are heavier than air. When you are off-roading and driving in the dust even for a few kilometers, the engine compartment will be filled with enormous dust.
The clean air that the snorkel will pull from the air will increase the effectiveness and life of the air filter. Therefore, it can increase the life and performance of the engine as well.
Increases in The Performance Of The Engine And Fuel Efficiency
The power and performance of the engine reduce to a great extent when the dust particles clog the engine. A snorkel helps prevent dust, water and other microparticles from entering your engine. There are various makes and models that are suited for all occasions. Installed at roof height, the snorkel can take in cleaner and cooler air which increases fuel efficiency whilst keeping your air filters clean.
Ram Air Effect
As the vehicle travels, the air is forced into the snorkel nose. Thus you get high-pressure air entering the engine (known as the ram air effect). During the intake phase, the valves are open for a short period of time. With the high-pressure air from your ford ranger snorkel, more air can be forced into the combustion.
This can increase your performance at higher speeds and might have a positive effect on fuel economy. You will not note the difference in low speeds. You might spot the difference when overtaking at speeds above 100Km/h.
Easier and Safer Water Crossings
While crossing deep water you do not want your engine to die when stuck in some water. Water can cause a lot of damage to the engine. If a snorkel has been fit correctly your vehicle (if a diesel) should theoretically be able to cross water as deep as almost roof height of the vehicle. What makes it practically not possible is that your viscous fan will be wrecked if the engine runs under water and if you have a petrol vehicle the electronics will get wet and the engine will die.
But the important fact remains that you can do deep water crossings without getting water into the engine. There is a general misconception that snorkels are only for diesel vehicles. It is true that your petrol 4×4 might not make it through the water because the electronics will get wet. But if you have a snorkel fitted it will at least not suck up water during the time the engine is still running. This can prevent thousands of grand of damage to your vehicle’s engine.