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Old 06-29-2009, 06:23 AM   #1
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Water in IC

yesterday I was driving in HUGE rain storm (it was really big one) and I think I got a bit of water in my IC (through filter...), because after it was over and I step on gas as soon is it start boosting it seems to me I got missfires....AF 10 and car started to sputter...so I left of gas and has been easily driving for about 50km then I tried again and nothing, it's fine now. Could I just blow that water through the engine slowly when I was driving or I should still take it appart and check...thx


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Old 06-29-2009, 07:15 AM   #2
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With out knowing how much water you got in there it would be best to pull the lowest hose and take a look

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Old 06-29-2009, 09:57 AM   #3
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If you've already driven 50 Km (in dry weather I assume), the movement of the air through the IC has probably evaporated any water that is in there.

However I agree with Tom. Best to pull off the lower hose and stick your finger into the IC just to be sure.

If you are paranoid, you could disconnect both hoses and use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to suck through the IC for an hour or 2. That will definitely clear out any water.
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coulda been that your filter was soaked. imean you musta really went throu some deep water or something to get it passed the compressor wheel of the turbo and into the intercooler. imean a lil bit of water woulda been evaporated by the heat of the turbo once in passed throu it.i think you may have the same problem as me. i know we dont have the same set up but i have a JRSC with a cold air and when the filter gets wet it runs like crap. it can drive fine in vaccum and low boost in the rain but once is gets pushed passed 4 to 5 psi it starts misfireing and sputtering. once the filter dries it runs fine. imean if you think about it, water soaked filter is gonna cause restriction on the air going into the intake. bout like you tring to breath throu a soaked t shirt while running, your prolly gonna start your own form of misfiring lol.
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Old 06-30-2009, 12:58 AM   #5
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^^ No no, it couldn't be this case. Filter is behind headlight so I have to put my car into a lake to suck just water through filter. I have some homemade "thing" above the fileter to not get any water there, but as I said. I have never been in such a rain before (mean driving in SVT) I'll follow Tom's advice and will take a look. Anyway it's been around 2 years since I installed it so it's time to check it anyway ;-)
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After that I'll datalog my AF as I promissed to you TOM.
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ok then how did the water get into something that is suppose to be air tight?
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:42 AM   #7
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As I said, filter is behind headlight, but above filter is path which water is using to get out. If you open your hood u will see what I mean. So this water is going directly on top of air filter. I made my own protection above filter to get this water on side, but probably because of HUGE amount of water that was going there some of it got into a filter.
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if you are missfiring after or in a huge rain then you probably got water on the maf. it would take a lot of water to make it missfire by blowing out spark. just do as tom said... have a look, i would just grab a feel of the filter and make sure it is dry
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Heh, cop a feel on that nice round filter...
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