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    Hood scoops & water--safe?

    Hi all, newbie question here:

    Is under the hood designed to be completely safe from any water that comes in through the scoop? Hard rain coming at you while youre driving for instance... Or if youre at the car wash and its spraying water right at the front of the car. I just wanna know if theres any major concerns with water getting under the hood, or if its totally safe.

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    It it wasn't then we wouldn't be able to drive our cars in the rain and STIs wouldn't have water sprayers from their intercoolers.
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    I wouldn't worry about rain etc coming in the hood scoop. If anything the water/moist air makes the inter-cooler work 10x better!!! I drive my car in hard rain snow sun everything and it runs great.

    I'm sure you can wash the car and engine, I wouldn't blast electrical stuff on purpose. I'm sure water could find it's way into stuff if you tried hard enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham46 View Post
    Hi all, newbie question here:

    Is under the hood designed to be completely safe from any water that comes in through the scoop? Hard rain coming at you while youre driving for instance... Or if youre at the car wash and its spraying water right at the front of the car. I just wanna know if theres any major concerns with water getting under the hood, or if its totally safe.

    Thanks!
    The air filter element isn't exposed to the hoodscoop.

    The intercooler is aluminum, and won't crack when water is applied to it... even under heat. The 04-07 STi's actually had a water sprayer over the intercooler to cool it as a performance enhancement. It's 100% safe to get water in the hood scoop. When I drag race I have a 50/50 alcohol/water mixture in a spray bottle that I spray on the intercooler.
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    I dunked my car about a year ago in about 3 ft of water and none of the water got into my engine...

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    Cool thanks guys, just making sure, mainly on the car wash aspect of it. Theres a 24 hour touch free place up the street and it def would be blastin water right in there.

    Lengthwise-- you listen to phish? hehe

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    I don't

    I like beer and lengthwise was the name of a brewery back in Cali. Perhaps they did.
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    Haha gotcha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    I dunked my car about a year ago in about 3 ft of water and none of the water got into my engine...
    "Dunked" is an understatement...lol

    Maybe you thought you were in a HMMWV or something
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