A typical internal combustion engine has around 200 parts. One of the most critical parts of a vehicle’s engine is its intake manifold system. This is the part of the engine that supplies fresh air to the cylinders. Without it, a normal engine would overrev or stall out because without a throttle body there’s no way to regulate the amount of air that is getting to the engine.
How Does an Intake Manifold Work?
The intake manifold works with the air intake, throttle body and fuel delivery system, making sure that the appropriate mixture of air and fuel is being burned by the engine. It distributes air to the engine’s cylinders. On many cars, it also holds the fuel injectors.
The Vortec intake manifold is a single four-barrel dual-plane intake manifold, designed for installation in certain Chevy V8 engines. In these vehicles, then, this manifold model lets air into the combustion chamber on the intake stroke, where the air is then mixed with fuel from the injector. At this point, the combustion cycle continues.
What Are the Parts of an Intake Manifold?
There are effectively two major sections of an intake manifold: the intake plenum and the intake manifold runners. The plenum is the large cavity at the top of the manifold, which acts as a reservoir, holding the air until it’s ready to go into the cylinders. It then evenly distributes the air to the runners before it passes through the intake valve.
Manifold runners are tubes that carry air from the plenum to the intake port on each cylinder head. Fuel-injected engines feature ports for the fuel injectors in each runner. The fuel is injected just before it goes into the intake port.
Edelbrock intake for Vortec heads are single four-barrel intakes, designed for Chevy engines. Just as these engines won’t perform without them, they also won’t perform without the right torque converter.
What Is a Torque Converter?
A torque converter transmits the torque from an engine to a rotating driven load. In vehicles with automatic transmissions, torque converters connect the power source to the load. Some transmissions, such as the dual-clutch automatic transmissions, are mechanically closer to manual transmissions and so they employ physical clutches instead of torque converters.
A 4180e converter fits GM and Chevy engines with up to 800 horsepower. Without it, these engines won’t run correctly. The vehicle would likely continuously stall when it came to a stop. Many torque converter failures occur because of excessive friction, which damages the converter’s needle bearings.
When a vehicle’s intake manifold is losing its integrity, the vehicle might not start at all and if it does, the driver will have a dangerously diminished level of control over the engine. A properly installed, properly-functioning system, on the other hand, enhances engine performance, giving the driver more precision and control over engine function. Visit an auto parts store today to check out the most appropriate intake manifold system replacement for your vehicle and to ensure a smooth running engine tomorrow.