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Old 01-02-2018, 06:42 AM   #1
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Roof snow + Intake = Bad Performance

We were on our way last week to Florida. We were only ten minutes on the highway when the turbo boost gauge dropped to zero and the EGT went nearly off the scale.
I first thought it was the fuel filter and did a quick change; and it seemed to be okay until I tried a little power. Pulled over again and pulled off the air filter canister. What a surprise! The air filter was nearly full of snow. I dug it out and banged it on the pavement till it was nearly all gone. Did not have any troubles with the DP all the way down. I should qualify that I did run into the nasty lake effect snow on I90 trying to get to I77.
Not sure if anyone ever had this problem with the roof snow going into thier intake. Never would have thought to shovel the snow off the roof.
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With your post in mind.......replace the filter ASAP!
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Good job finding the problem but where is your air intake located? On the Roof?
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Good job finding the problem but where is your air intake located? On the Roof?
The intake is located on the rear top passenger side. It is tucked under the rear spoiler. Works good for rain, but not so good for snow. I will be shovelling off the snow next time.
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X2 on an immediate air filter change.

On your Eagle, there is a compartment accessible on the passenger side of the engine bay....square wood door held on my 4 phillips head screws if memory serves.

The purpose is to catch any water coming into the air intake before the air enters the air filter. Yours may be full of debris, thus allowing the snow to get to the filter itself.

While you are at it, clean any debris out that may have gotten trapped there over the years.

Hope this helps and welcome to Florida!
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Finally have good wifi connection to post a picture of how much snow is too much.
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Something does seem wrong here. If that much snow got in, I would think that in the rain, that much water could also get in.
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Finally have good wifi connection to post a picture of how much snow is too much.
Holy S%%t That's a lot of Snow and Ice--- Great catch !
Glad you found it in time to save your Engine !
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Yes it was a hefty amount in f the white shuff. We just returned from Florida and had no troubles after the snow incident. I checked the air filter a couple of times on the trip and is all good. Will be replacing when I do my oil change this spring. Next winter trip the roof will be checked and cleaned off prior to departure.
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Yes it was a hefty amount in f the white shuff. We just returned from Florida and had no troubles after the snow incident. I checked the air filter a couple of times on the trip and is all good. Will be replacing when I do my oil change this spring. Next winter trip the roof will be checked and cleaned off prior to departure.

Just as a point of info for you......there is a law on the books now, that if driving down the highway with snow and ice on the roof and it blows off causing damage to another vehicle or causes an accident...YOU are responsible for the damage that is caused...C
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