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What is an Intake Manifold?

By: Anthony Fontanelle

The engine plays a very crucial role in the whole vehicle operation. What this auto part does is it produces and supplies the energy needed by other car components to function. Because of the weight of responsibility given to the engine, several other parts help it distribute engine horsepower. Among the key players in an engine system is the intake manifold.

An intake manifold, which is also called inlet manifold, is a series of tubes attached to several engine parts as well as to the carburetor. This auto part is not just a passageway for the mixture to flow into but it also contributes to a better distribution of the fuel and air.

How does the mixture go to point A to point B? Once the carburetor has thoroughly mixed the air and fuel the said engine mixture passes through the series or manifold of tubes, which is collectively known as the intake manifold. After going through this labyrinth-like auto part, the next stop of the fuel and air combo is into the engine's regulators or cylinders dubbed as intake valves. From there, the engine gets hold of the right mixture, which is neither too lean nor to rich, needed for internal combustion because of the well-designed intake manifold.

Every auto part is directly responsible for the other components in a vehicle. Without the intake manifold, which is the avenue through which the engine mixture travels along, internal combustion is not possible. With an unsuccessful combustion that may be due of an uneven distribution of engine mixture results to a low or no production of horsepower. These ugly scenarios further illustrate how important the intake manifold is for the engine system and for an efficient vehicle operation. Thus, it is not just advisable for car owners to check the condition of their intake manifolds, it is absolutely necessary.

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About The Author, Anthony Fontanelle

Anthony Fontanelle is a 35-year-old automotive buff who grew up in the Windy City. He does freelance work for an automotive magazine when he is not busy customizing cars in his shop.

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