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To all of those afraid of hydro-lock with an intake
Well, I have had the Callaway Honker installed for a few weeks and tonight my wife decides she was going to borrow the vette to go to the gym while I have her sedan at Home Depot getting stuff for the house. It's the first time she has ever borrowed it - we have only had it 60 days.
While she was there it started to rain heavily and one of the intersections on the way home had a dip with about 6-7 inches of water. Well, she didn't know any better and she went into the intersection.
Then a horrible screatching sound when she tried to start it.
So out came the cell phone and I went to pick her up (in a pouring rain).
When I go there, some neighbors were helping her push it out of the intersection. I walked up and she said, " it just makes a screatching sound" and before I could stop her she turned te key again and I heard the starter motor gear shread.
I'm figuring, "Scratch one LS-1."
I had it towed to a friends house (where we will have a better look in his garage tomorrow)
But I digress. The point is; It IS easy to hydro-lock your motor with a "bottom-feeder" intake. I had heard about it, but I figured, I'd just drive my jeep if it was going to be raining heavy. I just hadn't got around to telling the wife yet.
Don't mind me... I'm just the comic-relief, talking bear.
I only have one key to the Vette at the house. If I leave-- it goes with me. That's been my policy ever since my wife helped me find my sunglasses under the driver seat. The next morning after she borrowed the car, they were laying under the pedals.. So how DID you have to stop honey??
Let us know how you make out with the car.I hope the damage can be repaired for a reasonable price.I assume your wife was pretty upset too.
There is always a silver lining in every cloud...hope you find yours...soon
Last edited by Pureenergy; 09-21-2005 at 07:52 AM.
This is why I am still on the fence about another intake.I for one, have been very interested in this intake and this confirms my fears. I can't believe that there isn't a way to protect the intake area on a bottom breather against this,maybe by the addition of a second scoop under there, or for that matter that the Vararam people still have not figured a way to use a quality air filter for their unit. I have the blackwing now, but am starting to think about just returning to the ZO6 lid as I don't think it makes a hell of alot of difference. Anyway, Hope all works out for you.
My bypass valve is in my head!! It's called, "bypass the deep puddles stupid". Bottom line, we all want the best performance for our cars and that starts with alot of cool, clean air. If that means being a little more careful with where we drive, and who we loan our cars to so be it. The only people that drive my cars are vette buddies or good friends that own performance cars, and they use "my" key.
I have had my vortex for years and have had the same fear. As a general rule if its gonna rain, I take the SUV, however Ive been caught a few times in rain (panicking the whole time but its always been fine)... Sorry to hear and hope its not too serious. Dont blame the wife, she didnt know, blame yourself you let her drive it