Coldair intake/weather?

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mitsubishi

#1

I have a coldair intake on my car and i was told that the car cant be driven in the rain because it will suck up water into the motor? Is this true???


#2

If the intake is in the wheel well or below the front bumper there is the possibility of ingesting water if you drive into a deep enough puddle.

Driving in the rain shouldn’t be an issue. I have a home brew CAI on a 93 Caprice and have not had any problems driving in the rain. The filter cone is behind the headlights and shielded from water splashing up from the ground.

Ed B.


#3

How about reinstalling the stock intake and not worrying about it…Unfortunately though, you would loose that extra 1.5 horsepower and it wouldn’t look as totally awesome.


#4

If it was installed properly, it should not be a problem. Of course retuning to stock would provide proven safety at the expense of some noise and a very very small amount of performance.

Note, the above was based on the assumption you have not done heavy modification to the power train and that you have a modern (pre 70’s) engine. Cold air intakes can make a difference when you are milking every fraction of horsepower possible. The effect on a modern stock engine is very minor.