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Old 05-01-2011, 01:06 AM
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Drove down a flooded street 10-12 inches a few weeks back. Now going through the joys of hydolock as a result of driving through the water. Local dealer says they see this 6-10 times a year. Dealer I purchased the truck at says they see it on ocassion too. No warranty, but could there be an arugement that the intake set up is a dud? Hoping insurance will go for a a mopar cold intake along with rebuilt engine. Will the Mopar cold air intake reduce the risk of this happening again?? Also must say I am not overly pleased that the run of ram commercials on tv show the new trucks numerous times running through water. I am not looking for sarcastic answer either. Thank you.
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If the stock intake allows water to be sucked up and go all the way to the engine, even if you aren't charging through the water at great speed, then I agree ... it's a dud.
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with that kind of water and how long and fast your driving threw it just about any air intake will fail.
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Spring run off water coming in from a field on to a city street maybe drove though at 35mph. Thought it would work well to losen dried caked on mud in the wheel wells.....
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Brother in law came to help out and to spite me we drove through the same area twice in his 2010 F150 with no issues.
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have seen this on a few of my friends jeeps. 35mph through a foot of water is a bit to fast on a truck without a lift, should also change out your dif fluid. live and learn. ins. should take care of it. might want to look into a snorkel if this is something you are going to encounter time to time. also extend dif breather hoses. sorry about you trouble.
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35 thru 12 inches of water is not too safe no matter what you are driving unless of course its a huge truck. Now I would be surprised if your insurance covered that and the design with the air being drawn thru the fender has been in use for years by many car and truck companies....JMHO but you over did it, or just go lucky.
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35mph!! hahaha.. you know how big that wave was that was going outwards from the side of the truck?? well it was that high inside your enigne bay too.. The stock intake is not to blame on this one.

A hose or a sprinkler underneath the truck does a good job of loosening the mud too..

I'm sure it was fun... but myself, as a person who works in and around the RAM specific product as a career, daily, am insulted that you would blast a Subject line with such a claim as that the entire Chrysler team made a "dud" intake that couldn't handle a Tsunami. Like posted directly above me.. You're lucky you're covered by your insurance, as they could call that abuse.

And the fact that you hydrolocked your truck, and drove your Bro-in-laws truck through it twice... tsk tsk tsk... I'll never understand... Must run in the family.
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35mph!! hahaha.. you know how big that wave was that was going outwards from the side of the truck?? well it was that high inside your enigne bay too.. The stock intake is not to blame on this one.

A hose or a sprinkler underneath the truck does a good job of loosening the mud too..

I'm sure it was fun... but myself, as a person who works in and around the RAM specific product as a career, daily, am insulted that you would blast a Subject line with such a claim as that the entire Chrysler team made a "dud" intake that couldn't handle a Tsunami. Like posted directly above me.. You're lucky you're covered by your insurance, as they could call that abuse.

And the fact that you hydrolocked your truck, and drove your Bro-in-laws truck through it twice... tsk tsk tsk... I'll never understand... Must run in the family.
So what you are saying is a Dodge can't be driven threw a measly foot of water?!! I drove my 1973 Chevy 2wd threw 2 1/2' to 3' of flood water, at 15-20mph , out side of a water treatment plant in Tx. the water was splashing over my hood and on to my wind shield, It didn't do a thing to it and all I did was drive it afterwards. I could hear my exhaust pipes gruggling in the water.LOL I can't say it was the brightest thing I ever did!! My 88 4x4 has been threw almost as deep of water too and nothing went wrong with it either
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So what you are saying is a Dodge can't be driven threw a measly foot of water?!! I drove my 1973 Chevy 2wd threw 2 1/2' to 3' of flood water, at 15-20mph , out side of a water treatment plant in Tx. the water was splashing over my hood and on to my wind shield, It didn't do a thing to it and all I did was drive it afterwards. I could hear my exhaust pipes gruggling in the water.LOL I can't say it was the brightest thing I ever did!! My 88 4x4 has been threw almost as deep of water too and nothing went wrong with it either
Well if the water gets into the area where the air box sucks in water and your going through all that and then you feel the truck slowing down due to the resistance of the water, so instead of easing on the gas you decide to floor it, expect your intake to suck in water like a vacuum.

I drove my Ram through about a foot of water. At about 30 MPH. The wave was huge, but I let it coast for the most part through. When I checked my CAI (AirRaid) there was some water that splashed inside it.

I guess its called common sense, I have way too much money invested to be doing things that are probably not a good idea, and if I was doing it all the time I would buy a snorkel.
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