Here at Neighborhood Auto Care and Customs, we want to make sure you love whatA�you drive.A� Your daily commute has the opportunity to be one of the best parts of your day if you enjoy the vehicle you drive!A� Even if you purchased a new car and got to choose every dealer option, they might not offer all the options you want for your vehicle.A� Often a better option is to find a car that you like and customize it to fit your style and preferences.
When it comes to customization, the first thing many of us think of is performance upgrades.A� Who doesn’t want a little more horsepower or a few more miles per gallon?A� Since we live at high altitude, your car is already being robbed of its power from the thin air so some basic upgrades can help liven up your drive and help get you up FlyodA�Hill on I-70.
The start to any performance upgrade is making sure your engine is running at peak performance in stock form.A� That can include things like changing your spark plugs and fuel filter as well as a top engine and fuel system cleaning to make sure your engine is healthy.A� If you think your car needs a tuneup, click the “appointment” button in the top right corner!
Once your motor is running properly you can start adding some performance upgrades.A� Many performance parts don’t y add any power to your engine, they simply free up power that your engine is wasting.A� For example, your engine wastes help with essay writing a lot of power simply drawing air into the cylinders.A� To run, your engine needs to draw in air to mix with fuel that can be burned to make power.A� If the path the air is drawn in through is small, dirty or full of twists and turns the engine has to work very hard to draw the air in which wastes power that could be used to make your car move.A� For a more detailed explanation of this, check out this article about engine air flow.A� That is why the first step to any performance upgrade is air induction upgrades.
You’ve got a couple different options to make it easy for your engine to draw in air:
- Drop in Filter
- Upgraded intake piping
- Cool Air intake
A drop in filter is the easiest way to get more air into your engine.A� Standard vehicle air filters are made of folded paper and do a good job cleaning up the airA�but make it hard for your engine to draw air through them.A� Replacing the restrictive paper air filter with a cotton or oiled filter can really help air flow.A� This upgrade requires nothing besides placing a new filter in your factory air box.A� The next level is to upgrade your intake piping with hard piping that will flow better than the rubber accordion style piping that comes from the factor.A� In doing this you can leave the stock airbox up upgrade to an open filament filter like a cone filter.A� Lastly, you can add a cool air intake.A� There is most likely an aftermarket option available for your car and it will replace all the intake piping and locate a high-efficiency filter in an area where it will receive the most cool air again increasing the amount of air your engine can get.
The second level of performance upgrades is to increase your engine’s ability to expel exhaust gases again freeing up horsepower.A� Similar to air induction, there are a few options available.
- Replacement muffler
- High-flow catalytic converter
- larger diameter piping
- Exhaust manifold upgrade
The most restrictive part of your exhaust system is your vehicle’s muffler.A� It is a maze of baffles and chambers which does a great job keeping things quiet but also makes it harder for exhaust gases to pass through it.A� Replacing your stock muffler with a less restrictive muffler will free up power and help your car sound awesome!A� Similarly, a high flow catalytic converter will flow better than a factory catalytic converter which will free up power, but it won’t last nearly as long.A� Most vehicle’s stock exhaust pipe is sized to flow best at mid-range RPM, where your ar will operate most of the time.A� Larger diameter piping will make your engine more efficient at higher RPMs where the power is really made.A� Lastly, an upgraded exhaust manifold, sometimes called “headers” can increase flow.A� Headers are larger than factory exhaust manifolds but also built with other characteristics in mind to help create more power.
At Neighborhood Auto Care, we can install all types of air induction systems as well as exhaust systems from tuned performance packages to custom welded systems.A� Give us a call today if you’re interested in some quick performance upgrades for your vehicle.