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Why I hate the rain..

Well after it raining solid for more than 24 hours, Im finally getting sick of it. Trying to drive the 944 with 1/8th of a tank of gas, and very high winds and roads thats are covered in water (the drains in the hwy here are hardly ever cleaned out..the last time they did was maybe 5 years ago) and even the slightest film of water makes the car skate all over the place (and my tires are good too). I was trying to drive behind a van the entire time, trying to keep in his dry tracks and it just wasnt working.

This will prolly turn into an OT rant, but I discovered my passengerside floorboard soaked . Time to take the battery out tomorrow and see if there is any damage...

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Old 09-29-2004, 12:07 AM
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What kind of tires are you using? I just got a new set of Dunlop Sport 5000s and was quite impressed with the wet traction in the near flooding conditions yesterday.
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ditto UConn Tim. Same tires, same satisfaction... I do drive a little bit more conservatively in the rain, but not much.
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I agree, I too am a little more cautious in bad weather, but not too the point of being an old lady....there was plenty of that around here yesterday
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Beware of the infamous 944 "hydrolock" when driving through big puddles. I thought it as just an urban legend of sorts until a local car here in Pittsburgh legitimatley fell victim to this.
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I still have some Pirelli P4000 M+S on my car (from the PO) with alot of tread, and I was sliding all over the place yesterday. I don't get it.
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I had toyo H4s....225/60/15...plenty of tread but kinda dryrotted... they suck ass. I gotta get me some Pirelli P7000s or some Neo Gens...
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On the regular 8v N/A cars, the air intake is located within the front wheel arch. There's been a few instances where someone drove over a giant puddle and/or heavy rain and the engine "sucks" in this water. Of course, the water doesn't do engine bearings any justice. fortunately, this is uncommon. some guys on this board drill small holes in their air intake housing to prevent this.
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oh, i just didn't know it was called hydrolock
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its usually called "ah ***** I knew I shouldnt have tried to drive through that puddle!"
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I was told by a mechanic that a proper alignment will greater improve bad weather handling of the car.
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On the Hydrolock topic, it's not the bearings that are affected by the water. if a large enough quantity of water gets sucked into a running engine, it will partially fill up one or more of the cylinders. with all the inertia of a running engine, as the piston comes up on the compression stroke, it compresses all the air in the cylinder, and once it gets to the water the piston stops dead, since water is not compressable. the engine "locks" with water, Hydro-lock. Unfortunately for the connecting rod, the rest of the engine keeps moving, and the rod ends up bending. If there's enough water in there, and the piston stops way down into the cylinder, the rod will break, and frequently gets jammed right through the cylinder wall from the inertia of the spinning crankshaft.

If i can dig it up, somewhere i have a photo of a piston with a rid bent into a 20degree angle. I'll post it sometime.

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