CAI V. Water
So last night I hit a small lake after a downpour. Approximately 6-10 inches for 15-20 feet at like 35 MPH. I had soaked my filter, almost immediately my car bogged down and strained to move along, so I putted my way into a parking lot and called my father to come with some tools. Once I disconnected my CAI I found there were some droplets in the intake pipes and on the throttle body. After the trace amounts of water had dried out of the engine (Which equates to some misfires, a rough idol, and a CEL while idling for about 20-30 min)(my interceptor gauge never showed what the code thrown was, which I'm still curious about) I quickly made my way home without a filter. Once I got home I found that filter was fairly damp, not quite wet. FYI I did have a hydroshield on there but I doubt it did much in this situation.
At any rate, my engine is fine and dandy now, but I did dodge a bullet and consider myself lucky. It could have ended up much worse if I had floored the gas instead of hitting the hazards and slowly making my way off the road and calling for help. However, I, and hopefully some of the more skeptical about CAI's, can see how much punishment an intake can take before hydrolock occurs. I just thought I'd share for some discussion.
BTW for the mods, I didn't think this fit in the performance section, nor really knew where to put this. So sorry in advance if it's in the wrong spot.
Last edited by Snake890217; 07-24-2010 at 01:06 PM.