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      How to find my car's engine air Intake point?

      This question arising as for its the season of Hydrolocking in floods. If we are aware of the height up to which the car can breathe air, we may be able to avoid a lot of menaces due to water.

      We may be able to keep the engine revved up, and keep the water out from the silencer, but the air intake, if getting immersed, can suck in water at a force directly proportional to the RPMs, which we are supposed to keep high if silenced is going underwater, right?

      Different opinions coming like the intake can be below the headlamps, some saying it's below the fog lamps, but am just thinking why can't it be in the same level as the engine air filter box is?, Why should they place it to a lower point which is riskier in cases of wading through water.



      By the way in Kerala as its flooding everywhere, many vehicles are getting hydro-locked.

      One more thing is in insurance if there is something mentioned as Engine Cover, it covers issues due to water seepage in the engine?

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      The position of the air intake is always above the bumper in 90% of the cars sold in India.

      That said, driving through water logged roads is never a good option if the water is above your cars running board height.

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      but am just thinking why can't it be in the same level as the engine air filter box is?, Why should they place it to a lower point which is riskier in cases of wading through water.
      Can't think of any cars where in the air intake sits at a lower point than needed. Usually, to get cold air into your engine and to also produce a ram air effect, manufacturers do design intakes such that they are placed behind the front grills of most cars or in the wheel wells of some cars like the erstwhile Baleno.
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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      The position of the air intake is always above the bumper in 90% of the cars sold in India.

      That said, driving through water logged roads is never a good option if the water is above your cars running board height.


      Can't think of any cars where in the air intake sits at a lower point than needed. Usually, to get cold air into your engine and to also produce a ram air effect, manufacturers do design intakes such that they are placed behind the front grills of most cars or in the wheel wells of some cars like the erstwhile Baleno.
      Wheelwells!! Sounds more riskier as its a place where water can splash always even in normal rainy conditions right?.

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      The thumb rule is don't drive if water is over half of your wheels, other than hydrolocking, you can also loose traction as car starts to float and if you are doing river crossing then get ready to swim. You can find your air intake easily, just pop open hood and follow the pipe entering the air filter.
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      Quote Originally Posted by georjo View Post
      Wheelwells!! Sounds more riskier as its a place where water can splash always even in normal rainy conditions right?.

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      Nope. Manufacturers are not fools. A lot of R&D is done before they finalize designs.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Nope. Manufacturers are not fools. A lot of R&D is done before they finalize designs.

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      Yes we can hope so. Many of the cars they wont mention waterlevel limit it can be safely driven through, without harming engine. For my figo i couldn't find an official spec value. Ecosport they gives this height in specs. I think this also should be mentioned for every vehicles like they are mentioning the ground clearance.


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      Quote Originally Posted by georjo View Post
      Yes we can hope so. Many of the cars they wont mention waterlevel limit it can be safely driven through, without harming engine. For my figo i couldn't find an official spec value. Ecosport they gives this height in specs. I think this also should be mentioned for every vehicles like they are mentioning the ground clearance.
      Cars are not meant to be driven through water logged roads. Probably that's why they don't mention it. While SUVs are capabe of handling water logged roads better, hence the reason why some mention it.

      That said, NEVER drive through water logged roads. Period!
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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Can't think of any cars where in the air intake sits at a lower point than needed.
      Indigo CS , 1st gen diesel Amaze if Im not wrong
      quite a few instances posted online

      BTW Ecosport has wading capacity of 500mm and one of the highest air intakes apparently
      I know its not 4x4 and all but Mumbai roads are crazy during the rains
      One of the reasons Im considering to buy one

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      Quote Originally Posted by kkn13 View Post
      Indigo CS , 1st gen diesel Amaze if Im not wrong
      quite a few instances posted online

      BTW Ecosport has wading capacity of 500mm and one of the highest air intakes apparently
      I know its not 4x4 and all but Mumbai roads are crazy during the rains
      One of the reasons Im considering to buy one
      Recently its getting same with south india also this monsoon. Tow trucks became a common scene in kerala this week and last.Mostly water into engine issues.

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      So did you find the air intake, georjo ?
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