Need opinions ASAP- CAI vs. rain, damp roads, etc.

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Need opinions ASAP- CAI vs. rain, damp roads, etc.

Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:26 am

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Okay, so I've added the Mopar CAI and I'm planning the first "long" drive (Dayton, OH meet on Saturday) since the install. Rain is forecast for Saturday evening. Ever since I read about Manny hydrolocking his engine, there has been a fear in the back of my mind about having this happen, especially now that my car is no longer stock. Is there a reason I should be concerned? Have I turned my car into a dry-weather-only car? Egads, if that is true, I will really freak about having the car at Carlisle and so far from home. :runaway:

And should I be concerned about high-pressure car wash wands in the area of the CAI? I usually use wands to remove bugs from the front of the car and to remove gook around the inner fenders.

Hopefully, I've just gotten myself worked up over nothing, as usual. :tardbang:
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Post by Johny » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:24 am

I too had this problem gramps, but I seem to have gotten over it. Basically, avoid huge puddles if you can, or put a splash guard underneath it if you're really concerned. I actually drove through a couple of huge puddles by accident, but it didn't really seem to do much. I mean I let go of the throttle of course for a couple seconds, but other than that I didn't see any signs of water when I cleaned out my TB and CAI.

I am also a huge whore when it comes to washing the car, and I've never hit a problem with that either.

All in all, just don't take the car swimming, and you should be fine. Those are my 2 cents, let's see what others have to say

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:18 am

Johny wrote:...put a splash guard underneath it if you're really concerned.
The Mopar CAI comes with one so at least I'm covered there.
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Ha-ha, that's where I'll be stopping to and from Carlisle. :thumbup:
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Post by TheRandom1 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:34 am

Don't go through water over the bottom of your bumper and you'll be fine.
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Post by C1DoG » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:29 am

TheRandom1 wrote:Don't go through water over the bottom of your bumper and you'll be fine.
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Post by sidepipe87 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:33 am

You're at stock height and have a splash shield.. don't drive through a lake and you will be fine. The thought of hydrolocking any time you see water will probably always be on your mind but you'll deal with it better over time
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Post by 04 Mo Neon » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:02 am

I've driven through rain many many times, and I've only seen one CAI since I've been into cars even get close to having and issue and my friend was literally slowly going through a 1 foot puddle in a parking lot... The only way you ever have a problem is if you drive through standing water.... which if you're doing that you do need to learn your lesson.

But I haven't have a problem in 6 years never moving my CAI for rain etc..
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:55 am

sidepipe87 wrote:.. don't drive through a lake and you will be fine. The thought of hydrolocking any time you see water will probably always be on your mind but you'll deal with it better over time
Yeah, I lost my first car due to driving through standing water so maybe that's where the fear originated. I just don't want to be on edge when I see rain forecasted when I have to drive somewhere.

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Post by LilSparkPlug » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:16 am

If you have the splash guard that's an extra added protection. As long as you aren't going puddle stomping you'll be fine. I had a CAI on my Stratus R/T coupe and a CAI on my Miata, the SRT was the first one I was weary of and due to that I had three different SRIs. I just changed over to an AGP CAI so I had the same fears you did until I realized I don't drive my car in the rain :rofl:.

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Post by Neon4Life » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:52 am

LilSparkPlug wrote:I had the same fears you did until I realized I don't drive my car in the rain :rofl:.
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Gramps- you should be fine. you got your fender liner and even a bottom covering the filter. no need to worry.
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Post by Fuzzyneon » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:38 pm

just avoid puddles sometimes i get a little scared and press the clutch in and go through i wouldnt worry my filter site 6 inches from the ground and ive had no issues my 05 was the AEM setup sat right where the foglights sit went through some bad puddles in big storms nothing happened


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Post by bone-yard-racing » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:22 pm

Harold's filter stuck completely out under the bottom of the car and was slammed the filter was no more than 3" off the ground I never had a problem just be careful and if you get to water crawl through with the clutch in. The only way to hydrolock is to suck water up the filter being damp isnt really an issue
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:51 pm

Thanks everyone. Boy, if I didn't have something stupid to worry about, whatever would I do? :tardbang:
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Post by TheRandom1 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:56 pm

Probably crap yourself like the rest of your age bracket? :rofl:
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Post by Johny » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:13 pm

TheRandom1 wrote:Probably crap yourself like the rest of your age bracket? :rofl:
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:27 pm

Neon4Life wrote:
LilSparkPlug wrote:I had the same fears you did until I realized I don't drive my car in the rain :rofl:.
:beatstick:
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TheRandom1 wrote:Probably crap yourself like the rest of your age bracket? :rofl:
Then come to the hospital so a nurse like me could wipe your ass while you shit your bed and watched nickelodeon. :rofl:

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Post by TheRandom1 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:52 pm

Wait, that's legal? I'm so doing that now!
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:58 pm

Pretty much....anything goes let me tell you!

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Post by TheRandom1 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:05 pm

Giggity...
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Re: Need opinions ASAP- CAI vs. rain, damp roads, etc.

Post by OB » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:09 pm

Midnight_Rider wrote: I usually use wands to remove bugs from the front of the car and to remove gook around the inner fenders.
^Yeah those pesky asians are always stuck to my fender too! :rofl:



Really though, like others said above, just avoid standing water. Small puddles won't hurt anything, it's submerging the filter and intake inlet that will get you into trouble. Regarding the pressure wash, have at it. Hydrolock is only an issue when the engine is running. It won't suck water in if it's parked being washed. And in case you ask, residual water from a wash is nowhere near enough to remain in the intake and cause damage.

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Re: Need opinions ASAP- CAI vs. rain, damp roads, etc.

Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:41 pm

OB wrote:
Midnight_Rider wrote: I usually use wands to remove bugs from the front of the car and to remove gook around the inner fenders.
^Yeah those pesky asians are always stuck to my fender too! :rofl:
Sorry, I should have used the word gunk instead. I didn't mean to offend anyone.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:04 am

I highly doubt you offended anyone Gramps, they're just teasing you.
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Post by occasional demons » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:52 am

I didn't even notice it. :lol:

Plus it's not like you used it in that sense. I think you're good. :lol:

It was worth a chuckle....

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Post by INVUJerry » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:52 am

You'll be fine gramps. I did hydrolock my NYG but I was running an iceman intake and the water was up over my boots when I got out if the car.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:43 pm

INVUJerry wrote:I did hydrolock my NYG but I was running an iceman intake and the water was up over my boots when I got out if the car.
Wow, pretty high water there. I figure that if there are ducks and geese swimming in the roadway, it would probably be best not to test the CAI. :rofl:
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Post by chappybmode » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:56 am

I have an AEM cai on mine and i was driving from my parents in west virginia to base in Ft Cambell and was driving through the rains that made nashville flood last year. I had no problems, and was actually going faster than emergency vehicles. I didnt baby it, and going faster than emergency vehicles was 40mph if that tells you the rain conditions. Just dont go into water deep enough to make it a suction effect and you will be ok.

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:27 am

Great! Thanks again, everyone. While modding is old hat to most on this site, it is new to me and I always tend to worry about changing things. Tonight will the first test as the forecast is calling for possilble showers on my drive home from Dayton. Considering how many hours I spent on Friday detailing the car, I've probably jinxed it to rain on my clean car. :cussing:
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun May 01, 2011 6:13 am

Success! Car drove through rain like a champ. I feel pretty stupid now. :lol:
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