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Drove through a foot of water?

I had to drive through a foot of water this morning, had no choice, whole road was flooded and couldnt turn around.

I have read a few posts on here about peoples car's dieing after driving through deep water (A 147 GTA in particular). Is 1 foot deep enough? How high off the ground is the air intake on a 147 TS engine? Car seemed a little hesitant to pull away at first but then was fine.

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Re: Drove through a foot of water?

WOW you got lucky. the intake goes right down then up into the wheel arch. i wouldnt chance it again
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Definitely wouldn't chance it, you were lucky. You would know pretty quick at least as water doesn't compress like air/fuel.
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sigh of relief - hope everyone else is as lucky over the next few days
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Re: Drove through a foot of water?

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How high off the ground is the air intake on a 147 TS engine?
Open the bonnet, air intake is on the right as you look in. see how far down it goes? at a guess I'd say its about 1 foot 1 inch off the ground

Don't do it again, next time you mightn't be so lucky.
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Took the airbox outta the 156 I'm doing an engine swap on as it's got K&N.
It's big, it's low and I think they built the car around it.
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Re: Drove through a foot of water?

If your lucky, the filter on a 147 (TS) will catch most of the water.

I think if you check it, it'll be sodden.
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Re: Drove through a foot of water?

Moral of the story - maybe, is to detach the induction pipe from the inlet manifold altogether for going through deep water. Had to do so once on my JTD, going through about a foot, as the BMC filter is level with the front fog and inline to suck up everything that crests over the front of the car.

Car went through fine, obviously had no boost but all was well, and reconnected it all at the other side.

Think I'll do the same again in future

You were lucky, now get that filter dried out!
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Re: Drove through a foot of water?

The air intake position must have been designed for LHD. In the UK it's right there to suck up water from the kerb side.
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