What is Vehicle Snorkel?

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Vehicle Snorkel:

A vehicle snorkel is the land-based equivalent of the submarine snorkel which allows submarines to use diesel engines while submerged. Snorkels, when employed by vehicles with air-breathing combustion engines, sometimes allow limited deep wading capability for river crossing or military action operations, particularly within the case of tanks and other armored vehicles. In such cases, the snorkel supplies air for both the engine and therefore the sealed crew compartment, allowing total submersion. Often, the snorkel pipe is of huge diameter and fits over the crew hatch, to supply an escape route for the crew just in case the vehicle becomes stuck or disabled while underwater.

Military wheeled vehicles, like a HEMTT transport or a Unimog, are often capable of mounting snorkels for the engine air intake only, to permit them to battle through relative trouble, limited by the peak of snorkel intake and therefore the driver’s head (usually slightly but the peak of the roof). Generally, the crew compartment isn’t watertight, and also the crew is immersed, unlike in tracked vehicles, which are generally totally sealed.



For extreme off-road driving enthusiasts (or those that merely just like the way it looks), similar snorkel equipment is offered as an aftermarket accessory for several civilian four-wheel-drive vehicles, or available as a “universal” kit, and making a home-built snorkel system isn’t difficult for many vehicles. The snorkel is often routed out through one among the front fenders or directly through the hood, and up beside the “A” pillar to the extent of the roofline where it’s terminated with either a mushroom intake or a forward-facing intake, although an easy aftermarket cone filter on the tip of a versatile length of plastic tubing works even as well (it is additionally possible to easily run the tubing on to the factory air-filter box).

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