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Old 11-29-2010, 03:08 PM   #1
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Does CAI= No driving in the rain?

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Like the title says...I was doing some reading and someone mentioned that as a result of taking in air from under the hood, the CAI risks taking water into the engine and flooding it during heavy rain, or driving through a big puddle. True?
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:23 PM   #2
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The only systems that have this potential issue are long tube systems that place the air filter outside the engine compartment behind the front bumper, namely Injen and the Pipeline. Give this a read, it should help answer some of your questions. Feel free to hit me up if still have any.
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:33 PM   #3
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if you hit a river, i mean puddle, big enough to submerge your cai, you have bigger issues to worry about.
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if you hit a river, i mean puddle, big enough to submerge your cai, you have bigger issues to worry about.
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My CAI scoops are out front and down low. I live in New England so have driven in all kinds of rain and have never seen any water near the filter. I am not concerned with it.
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Thanks for the responses. I'm not sure what to be looking for in the pic there CFD. Bottom line though, if I get one installed, and I'm cruising along and I get hit with a summer storm, totally regardless of how hard its raining, so long as my vehicle is not nearly submerged at my front bumper, I should be ok?

Sorry if its a basic question. I'm still quite new to the aftermarket/car scene
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Thanks for the responses. I'm not sure what to be looking for in the pic there CFD. Bottom line though, if I get one installed, and I'm cruising along and I get hit with a summer storm, totally regardless of how hard its raining, so long as my vehicle is not nearly submerged at my front bumper, I should be ok?

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The two aluminum grilles on the chin are air scoops that help feed the CAI. They've been through many puddles but still no water at the filter. I think you'lle be ok.
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Thanks for the responses. I'm not sure what to be looking for in the pic there CFD. Bottom line though, if I get one installed, and I'm cruising along and I get hit with a summer storm, totally regardless of how hard its raining, so long as my vehicle is not nearly submerged at my front bumper, I should be ok?

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There isn't any risk except in the case of systems that relocate the air filter behind the front bumper. Its not a submersion risk but that the filter will become soaked from exposer and begin ingesting it leading to hydro lock.
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There isn't any risk except in the case of systems that relocate the air filter behind the rear bumper. Its not a submersion risk but that the filter will become soaked from exposer and begin ingesting it leading to hydro lock.
I think you mean front bumper! Not sure anyone relocates the airfilter to behind the rear bumper! LOL!
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The two aluminum grilles on the chin are air scoops that help feed the CAI. They've been through many puddles but still no water at the filter. I think you'lle be ok.
WOW dude, those are ugly.
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I think you mean front bumper! Not sure anyone relocates the airfilter to behind the rear bumper! LOL!
Good looking out. I've been dealing with a lot of rear end parts today!
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Good looking out. I've been dealing with a lot of rear end parts today!
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There isn't any risk except in the case of systems that relocate the air filter behind the front bumper. Its not a submersion risk but that the filter will become soaked from exposer and begin ingesting it leading to hydro lock.
and to further explain the concern here. I had a C6 corvette with an open air intake but it still had a trough. Well when it owuld rain, water would collect and then when you drove it would suck it in. Twice the car nearly died on me before I figured out what the hell was going on. thank goodness no serious damage was done but you do need to make sure you can not get water into the intake. It wont suck it in but if you have a place for it collect, then it could.
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