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    TMIC Damage - Why?

    I have a 2008 WRX with some bent TMIC fins. It doesn't look like impact damage. Has anyone seen this before, or do you have any ideas what might cause this?
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    my 08 has some too. I think it's bugs and other stuff going thru there. your radiator probably looks that way too

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    Quote Originally Posted by csm View Post
    my 08 has some too. I think it's bugs and other stuff going thru there. your radiator probably looks that way too
    There are some bug and rock impact points and that's acceptable. It's the rows that have been completely flattened which are bothering me - does yours have that as well? Are the pictures clear enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil Toast View Post
    I have a 2008 WRX with some bent TMIC fins. It doesn't look like impact damage. Has anyone seen this before, or do you have any ideas what might cause this?
    Something has definitely come into contact with your IC. The thing that I notice is that most of the fins are all bent to one direction. Its as if something was set on the IC, and the hood was shut on it, or something to that effect.

    Edit: that doesn't look like a stock IC. I bet it is hitting the splitter/rubber boot at the underside of the hood.
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    looks like somebody sat on it

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    Somebody was running their fingers across it for fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    Somebody was running their fingers across it for fun.
    I would be so pissed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timber View Post
    I would be so pissed.
    I'm serious. If it was the splitter, it would be pushed in multiple directions. If it was something large, the fins wouldn't be pushed down past the tubes.

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    tool tray?

    get some wire mesh and keep it safe

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    Pretty sure that's what the 08 ICs look like, timber.


    Maybe some ugly is peeling off the car at speed and going through the scoop?
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    Do you take your car to the carwash ... ? High pressure water COULD be the culprit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    Somebody was running their fingers across it for fun.
    That is what I initially thought, all of the fins are smoothly bent in one direction, Somebody fingered your IC dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    I'm serious. If it was the splitter, it would be pushed in multiple directions. If it was something large, the fins wouldn't be pushed down past the tubes.
    The pattern looks fairly precise, though. The semi-circle on the left makes me think foreign object. I dunno, though, maybe someone just had too much time on their hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    Pretty sure that's what the 08 ICs look like, timber.


    Maybe some ugly is peeling off the car at speed and going through the scoop?
    oh, good info! thanks!
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    It's the stock IC. There is a thin layer of dust inside the scoop which remains undisturbed, so I don't believe that someone has poked their hand inside. Maybe I should check for paw prints as well.

    I was thinking heat, but if that's not a known issue then maybe the service technician has placed something on it. I never thought of that before. My dealership described it as "normal", which I don't buy. Unless it's caused by my cats I am expecting them to replace it, but I have a feeling they are not going to agree.

    Edit: My car wash sprays vertically down so it doesn't touch the TMIC. So is that it then, it's either vandalism, a soon-to-be-locked-in-the-litter-room cat or a Subaru mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    Maybe some ugly is peeling off the car at speed and going through the scoop?
    Forgive me, but huh?
    Last edited by Evil Toast; 08-29-2008 at 09:58 AM.

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