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    Water Splashed on Intake

    First off, I feel like a complete idiot. I always tell my wife to very careful when driving through standing water. I live in a town where the drainage is horrible, and driving from work today I ended up driving through some water that was probably a little too deep. I thought I was fine since I have the Cobb short ram intake. The water was only about half-way up the tire, but it was splashing. The splashing is what caused me the heartburn. After I got through the water, I pulled over to see if the intake was dry. Sure enough, a small amount of water had splashed onto the bottom of the intake, and it was a little damp. The car ran fine the whole time and I never got a CEL so I'm 99% sure that I'm fine. My real question is, "what is the danger of a small amount of water splashing up through the fender and onto the intake?" My understanding is that a little water in the intake isn't the end of the world as long as the intake isn't submerged in water as would have been the case today if I would have had a CAI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psychobooe View Post
    a little water in the intake isn't the end of the world as long as the intake isn't submerged in water as would have been the case today if I would have had a CAI.
    You're exactly correct. You should be fine.

    I had a CAI the first week I owned my car in 04, hey I was a noob once too, & it saw some deep water after a tropical storm when I lived in VA. The car started to idle weird & then died in the middle of my street. I cranked her over, she started, & I drove her up my steep driveway out of the water. I took apart the CAI & the MAF & let them dry for a day. They weren't really wet, as much as damp. I put everything back together & she's run fine ever since. This of course does not include my bad bearing issue that occured last month.
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    Yeah, it never ran weird or died or even idled bad. It's just that when the intake was damp, it worried me a little. My second biggest fear is sucking up water into the intake and destroying the motor. It falls right behind shredding 2nd gear.
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    I hear ya on the shredding of the gears. I'm about to put an STi motor into my 04 WRX with a stock tranny. I should be ok as i've never beat on her at all. Just a few spirited drives here & there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20WRX04
    I hear ya on the shredding of the gears. I'm about to put an STi motor into my 04 WRX with a stock tranny. I should be ok as i've never beat on her at all. Just a few spirited drives here & there.
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