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Old 06-18-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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Car wash hazard with a cold air intake?

I just recently had my JLT CAI installed and havent had my car washed since. A buddy of mine was telling me that I need to uninstall my intake before getting a car wash because it will take in water and do major damage to my engine.

Now I don't understand how if my hood is down my car will take in water?

Can someone clarify this for me? I highly doubt every person who has a CAI installed on their vehicle is removing in between washes lol.
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Ive never heard of that. With some CAIs if you run thru water you will hydro lock the motor. Ive never had an issue with some thing as simple as a wash.
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Lmao. Tell your buddy to get bent

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I just recently had my JLT CAI installed and havent had my car washed since. A buddy of mine was telling me that I need to uninstall my intake before getting a car wash because it will take in water and do major damage to my engine.



Now I don't understand how if my hood is down my car will take in water?



Can someone clarify this for me? I highly doubt every person who has a CAI installed on their vehicle is removing in between washes lol.

I could see if you have an intake that is sealed to an open scoop on the hood and water is forced into that scoop it could be a problem, but not in your situation.
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Lol I figured as much. Yeah it didn't make too much sense to me either. I mean I can understand if you're cleaning the engine bay and what not but with a regular wash it just didn't make sense. Lol

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He probably meant if you're hosing the motor off yourself, you have to be careful. That's common sense to me. That said, since I won't take my mustangs through a commercial car wash, I have to rely on the old common sense everytime
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You'd have to put the intake in a submerged puddle to lock up the engine.
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Lmao! ****ing Bart Simpson over here.

If you wash the engine you are gonna want to put a plastic bag or some foil over the exposed CAI filter though.
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Your buddy is a doofus.

You'll be fine.
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this is downright funny. no worries, bud, you can continue washing your car.
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Lol I figured as much. Yeah it didn't make too much sense to me either. I mean I can understand if you're cleaning the engine bay and what not but with a regular wash it just didn't make sense. Lol

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Or four wheelin' in deap water maybe in the Mustang...
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I just recently had my JLT CAI installed and havent had my car washed since. A buddy of mine was telling me that I need to uninstall my intake before getting a car wash because it will take in water and do major damage to my engine.

Now I don't understand how if my hood is down my car will take in water?

Can someone clarify this for me? I highly doubt every person who has a CAI installed on their vehicle is removing in between washes lol.
One thing I've noticed is whenever I hand wash or go to a manual car wash I have a small amount of water on my air box it's nothing to write home about but it's there. When rinsing your hood the water channeling from the cowl panel on top of the fender to the nose drips water into the engine bay.
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I would worry about the car wash scratching my paint, but not H2O in the CAI...even if you had vents, the filter might get a little wet but nothing to worry about
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If that were the case then you technically wouldn't be able to drive during a rain storm
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If that were the case then you technically wouldn't be able to drive during a rain storm
Very little water mainly when you rinse the hood. Rain storms don't affect only a deluge
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