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Old 06-08-2008, 03:42 PM   #1
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I don't know how this is even possible since i've done it several times before! I was going through a car wash a little while ago and i had my vents on so that good smelling stuff would freshen up the inside. I do it everytime i go through a car wash. Anyway, no more than a minute into the car wash, water starts shooting out of my vents and then gets into my stereo head unit and then that starts going waky and the volume is fluctuating up and down and i cannot control anything on it anymore!

How did water get into my cowls? this hasn't happened before!!!

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Old 06-08-2008, 03:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ah, help, disaster!

Some car washes use high pressures and odd nozzle angles. Maybe the nozzle was aimed just so it would shoot through a small gap that water normally wouldn't get into?

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Old 06-08-2008, 04:34 PM   #3
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little nozzle just ruined a $200 stereo Has anyone made a custom cowl so it point down and water will not get in?

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Old 06-08-2008, 04:38 PM   #4
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um, did you see the car wash operator and tell him what happened about the radio? Also I agree with WESTWIND, the pressure must of been great.

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Old 06-08-2008, 05:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Ah, help, disaster!

no i didn't cuz the radio problems started to occur AFTER i left the water coming out the vents didn't strike me as dangerous until my radio screwed up

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Default Re: Ah, help, disaster!

Here's a quick down and dirty scenario that may have occurred; when you were enjoying the sounds and had the blower set for pulling in the fresh(?) moist air, there is a distinct possibility of the entire windshield cowling being covered with car wash spray at the right moment where its sufficient to suck it all into and blow out the interior vents spraying you. A car wash isn't the place to play with the radio or adjust the blowers; its for washing cars. There's a video of someone opening his suv door to retrieve something when the car wash machine reverses direction and pulls the door open towards the front. Little attention was given to these machines when all that's required was to remain seated and not open doors until the machines are completely done. There are clear warnings to remain seated but this seemed to go over this person's head when he decided to open his door, only to find the machine still running and fold the driver's side door back!? His fault for not remaining seated through the entire car wash procedure. A very expensive lesson.

Car airflow vents are designed exactly as you imagined; the airflow goes into the area near the windshield, flowing downwards before entering the intake into the cabin interior. Think of driving through a downpour; its exactly the same scenario but not as concentrated in a car wash. Even downpours won't, under most circumstances, suck in the water as it harmlessly drains away through a drain at the bottom of the outside portion of the HVAC box. It was probably a one time chance event that conspired against you as it never occurred before, right?

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:17 PM   #7
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this bad boy right here...

my brother had snow come in through the vents one winter. he had NO screen there at all

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