Why Do I Need a Snorkel For My 4WD?

Aside from giving your rig an added aesthetic, the benefits of a snorkel on a 4WD can include improved fuel efficiency, increased performance, and reduced wear and tear.

Questions that are often asked is what does a snorkel do on a 4×4? what is the purpose of a snorkel on a 4×4? How does a snorkel work?

The elevated position of the snorkel allows your vehicle to take in cleaner and cooler air that’s contaminant free. Moving the engines air intake from beneath your bonnet to roof height protects your vehicle from water entering the engine when crossing rivers or high tides and avoids dust that is kicked up from your vehicle and the ones in front.

What are the benefits of a snorkel on a 4WD?

1. Increased engine performance and efficiency.

Whether on road or off road, a snorkel can improve engine efficiency by drawing in cooler, cleaner and uncontaminated air due to its elevated position. Air that is usually taken in around the engine bay is hot and will contain particles of dirt, grease and dust as your vehicle drives. This means more power and performance when you really need it.

2. Prevents dust from clogging the engine.

As humans, we use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect ourselves from inhaling dust and dirt particles. So for a combustion engine that requires a mixture of oxygen and fuel, you can imagine what dust would do to the internals of your beloved fourby. A snorkel is essentially PPE for your vehicle.

3. Increased fuel efficiency.

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.

4. Reduced maintenance.

Taking in cleaner air means cleaner air filters, which means less wear and tear, and less maintenance.


When should I use a snorkel?

JJM airtec snorkel 4x4 in perth
credit: TJM

Whether you’re on the road or off road a snorkel is the best way to get the cleanest and purest air into your engine. Even if you’re not crossing rivers or battling high tides, a snorkel can still help improve on performance and fuel efficiency in heavy rain or dusty terrain.


We supply some of the best 4wd snorkels brands in Perth

4wd Safari Snorkel

For all your recreational and commercial needs, Total 4×4 has you covered with a wide range of air intake snorkels including the popular Safari snorkels, Airflow snorkels, and Airtec snorkels.


Already have a snorkel and need a new bullbar? Total 4×4 is a one-stop shop that has all your 4WDing accessories including bullbars, awnings, fridges, recovery gear, winches, and more.

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