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Old 06-03-2022, 01:22 PM   #1
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water leaks into engine at car wash

how can this much water not affect the engine..this is scary...any advice?

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Old 06-03-2022, 02:09 PM   #2
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Drain holes are already there and then engine heat.
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Old 06-03-2022, 02:20 PM   #3
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Old 06-03-2022, 02:21 PM   #4
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Car is designed to be driven in the rain and go through car washes. Drain holes, weather pack connectors, etc. all protect and seal the engine and electrical systems from water.

So nothing at all to worry about.
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Old 06-03-2022, 02:27 PM   #5
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how can this much water not affect the engine..this is scary...any advice?

Classic case of looking for a problem that doesn’t exist. A camaro ss has a giant hole in the top of the hood, open front grill, and a wide open bottom. I am sure you would see worse results in a camaro.
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Old 06-03-2022, 02:28 PM   #6
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Well - that was almost unbelievable! The amount of water that flowed in there would convince me that someday it would get where you don’t want it (like inside of electrical connections). I know that GM designed and tested the car to handle this but I’d be tempted to only hand wash that car from now on.
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Old 06-03-2022, 02:43 PM   #7
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Anyone who puts a c8 through an automatic car wash deserves whatever issue/damage could potentially happen. Either wash it yourself or take it to a high end hand wash carwash/detailing business.
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Old 06-03-2022, 03:34 PM   #8
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Well - that was almost unbelievable! The amount of water that flowed in there would convince me that someday it would get where you don’t want it (like inside of electrical connections). I know that GM designed and tested the car to handle this but I’d be tempted to only hand wash that car from now on.
As long as water doesn't enter the airbox, I don't see a problem.

Electrical connections are all sealed these days. GM has been using sealed connectors since the early eighties.
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Old 06-03-2022, 03:46 PM   #9
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All I see is a free engine bay wash whenever you wash the exterior
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Old 06-03-2022, 08:11 PM   #10
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Anyone who puts a c8 through an automatic car wash deserves whatever issue/damage could potentially happen. Either wash it yourself or take it to a high end hand wash carwash/detailing business.

It was a touchless wash. In other words no spinning brushes contacting the car and the car was probably stationary the whole time (no tracks). What's the big deal?


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Old 06-03-2022, 08:26 PM   #11
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It was a touchless wash. In other words no spinning brushes contacting the car and the car was probably stationary the whole time (no tracks). What's the big deal?


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Anything can happen on one of those units, they are not meant to exclusively contour to dimensions of a low profile mid engine exotic car. These systems are designed to universally clean trucks, suv's, vans, sedans and econoboxes, most of the time doing a piss poor job in the process due to so much variances in dimensions. The hand wash upscale detailers provide a value and reassuarnce which I feel is absolutely worth the upcharge cleaning exotics, sports, and high end models, c8 included.
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Old 06-03-2022, 08:52 PM   #12
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Anyone who puts a c8 through an automatic car wash deserves whatever issue/damage could potentially happen. Either wash it yourself or take it to a high end hand wash carwash/detailing business.
Ditto! I agree completely with this.
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Old 06-03-2022, 09:39 PM   #13
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Anything can happen on one of those units, they are not meant to exclusively contour to dimensions of a low profile mid engine exotic car. These systems are designed to universally clean trucks, suv's, vans, sedans and econoboxes, most of the time doing a piss poor job in the process due to so much variances in dimensions. The hand wash upscale detailers provide a value and reassuarnce which I feel is absolutely worth the upcharge cleaning exotics, sports, and high end models, c8 included.

The touchless washes I use spray water and soap over the car using a moving gantry that follows the profile of the car while the car is stationary. It even sprays the underside of the car as you drive in, which you can't get with a hand wash. Again, no spinning brushes, or anything for that matter other than soap and water, touch the car ever. Unless the car is really filthy, this does the job perfectly well the majority of the time, particularly if the car has been ceramic coated. Drive in, rinse, soap, rinse, blow dry and drive out, towel dry door jams etc. Is it the absolutely best wash you can get? Of course not. But this idea that it's somehow going to mangle your car or leave a layer of grime all over it is far fetched.


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Old 06-03-2022, 10:04 PM   #14
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Yeah, OP, use that same camera and drive in a heavy rain. This isn't a trunk it’s an engine compartment. It will get wet and what the video shows is normal and expected.

That being said, and mentioned earlier, if the engine isnt ingesting water it’s a non issue. Late launch change for C6 Z06 due to car wash…….cough………cough
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