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Old 04-19-2008, 11:11 AM   #1
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Question for fellow southeast fanatics...

This could probably be posted in Zetec performance or in a general thread...

But I wanted to ask the folks driving in the same area I am this question...


I want to get a CAI for my focus but as you guys know it pours in florida... and even if it doesn't entirely pour you know there are some pretty big puddles on some of the roads...

How many of you have heard of people sucking water into their engine down here? I'm located in Tampa, FL...

I want to know if it's something I should really be worried about?

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Does the AEM intake work in keeping water out? The one with the filter element halfway up the intake as well incase the end gets completely covered with water?


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Old 04-19-2008, 02:16 PM   #2
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you can always get a bypass that goes on to the cai just before the tb thats what its made for so you don't suck up water right into the engine
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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I'm in the same area as you and had a AEM CAI on my car for almost 2 years with no problems. I have since changed over to another style CAI but not because of hydrolock concerns.
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:59 AM   #4
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Just get the bypass. I have CAI, no bypass. I did get water in and had to replace the TPS.
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Can I get a Bypass for any CAI or just the AEM? Just curiuose...
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:07 PM   #6
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Can I get a Bypass for any CAI or just the AEM? Just curiuose...
The bypass has to come befor your MAF sensor if you buy the CIA. I have had a cold CIA for almost a year an a half an had do problems.......now if you lower your car you might have a problem.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:04 AM   #7
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i'd suggest getting the bypass, i've hit some bad puddles down where i live and got water in the spark plug walls. So i'd get it just to be on the safe side, but my car is lowerd so that probably contributed to that happening too, so i guess if you plan on lowering your car in the near future or anything like that then yea, would be a good investment.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:37 AM   #8
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Well I appreciate the information guys!

I definitely needed to know it for future modding... But I've decided to hold off on modding my car at all...

making some more payments on my car and saving up for an SVT!!!


Can't help it man I want an SVT Focus so bad...
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I'm pretty sure the bypass only does anything if the filter is near- or completely submerged. IIRC works mostly by differential pressure. If you suck up tiny droplets the bypass isn't going to open and you could still get it in your TPS or something.
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^ X2
And good idea for the SVT.
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