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Well I was driving back to campus from Whittier and it was pouring pretty hard i had passed alot of puddles and avoided the big ones... i was just about to get on the on-ramp for 605N when i saw a huge puddle(small lake) .... i couldn't avoid it, so i just let off the gas and went through it...when i had to hit the gas again the car was sluggish so i let off, but again tried to accelerate and it was worse so i pulled over and then the car died....


My dinan CAI and sucked up water....paid 285 for a 30 mile tow to a dealer close to school... but get there they started giving **** about now being able to fix dinan stuff...so i started getting really mad saying they dont have to touch the intake just see what the water had done to my engine finally i told them i would buy stock airbox and the suddenly got ok with LOOKING AT MY CAR....

anyone have advice or dealt with this? and can a claim this for insurance?
 

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before you tell your insurance company, i think you're suppose to report any modification to your insurance company when you do it. so they probably won't let insurance cover it:dunno:
 

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damn.. sorry to hear that. yeah the rain in SD today is crazy...

another reason not to consider the dinan cai

best of luck man...
 

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Water ingestion is not covered under warrantee.. Dinan only covers the same things your factory warrantee would. Ingesting water is your insurance company. As far as mods, it depends on the insurance company. If i were you, i would throw the stock box on and call the insurance company. I had the same thing happen to me with a stock airbox on my Jetta.. Cost me 4g to repair. :( I did the work myself and one rod was bent like a V. Engine still ran but had a tick and no power. When the dealer dropped the oil pan water and mud came out and you could spoon it with a scraper. I was hesitant with getting CAI on this car, but I went with Benfer since it's a 3 piece and has an optional AEM air bypass I feel a lot better AND i'm getting the sock. Good luck bro!
 

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this is the first case in my 2+ years here of hearing of a Dinan intake and water injestion...

how deep was this "lake"?!?
 

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Booraj323 said:
Well I was driving back to campus from Whittier and it was pouring pretty hard i had passed alot of puddles and avoided the big ones... i was just about to get on the on-ramp for 605N when i saw a huge puddle(small lake) .... i couldn't avoid it, so i just let off the gas and went through it...when i had to hit the gas again the car was sluggish so i let off, but again tried to accelerate and it was worse so i pulled over and then the car died....


My dinan CAI and sucked up water....paid 285 for a 30 mile tow to a dealer close to school... but get there they started giving **** about now being able to fix dinan stuff...so i started getting really mad saying they dont have to touch the intake just see what the water had done to my engine finally i told them i would buy stock airbox and the suddenly got ok with LOOKING AT MY CAR....

anyone have advice or dealt with this? and can a claim this for insurance?
Dude, sorry to hear about that. The bizarre thing is that a friend of mine and I were talking about Cold Air Intakes yesterday and he told me not to get Dinan Cold Air Intakes because of the very specific thing that happened to you (with water being sucked up and all). I hope everything works out for you.
 

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this is the first case in my 2+ years here of hearing of a Dinan intake and water injestion...

how deep was this "lake"?!?

Ditto....this is the first time I've heard of anyone with the Dinan CAI having problems like this.

That must have been a very deep puddle; deep enough to completely submerge the intake filter.
 

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Could this happen to a GruppeM intake as well ? I mean since the opening is behind the left headlight, could it possible that water can get in if the car was in a very heavy rain and all the water is splashing in and around that area ? hmmm...
 

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before 5 million people over react about intakes and water
this will give you an idea of how bad the rain was in san diego the last couple days
i had to jam my brakes more than a couple times to avoid "lakes" all over the place yesterday........ after about 2 hours of driving i said screw it and worked from home the rest of the day


booraj.......... where did you take your car?
you should send it over to el cajon bmw, they are a dinan dealer and shane works there now...... good luck
 

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one more reason for me not buy ANY cold air/water intake
My understanding of cold air intakes is that the Dinan cold air intake has this risk of water getting sucked up based on how low to the ground that the device which sucks up the air is. With ECIS and other Cold Air Intake companies, that isn't the case. The location of the device which sucks up the air is higher up in the car (I'm guessing maybe somewhere near the kidney grilles).
So my point here is that you shouldn't let this specific incident be the sole reason for you not to get a cold air intake.
 

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Anyone have any input to the question about whether this same thing would be possible with a GruppeM with splash and spray from other cars and puddles. I live in Seattle and it rains here A LOT and I see lakes on the roads all the time in the fall when the leaves plug up the drains on the roads. Sorry if this is a dumb question--I'm fairly new to CAIs...
 
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