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Old 05-25-2015, 01:47 AM
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Unhappy SRT Intake Design Flaw?

Hi Guys,

I stumbled upon a youtube video that someone have driven through a 4-5 inches puddle and killed the car. His description as follow:

"I thought that when I purchased a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT AT $93K that I would at least be able to drive through 4 to 5 inches of water, WRONG !!! MY JEEP sucked water into the engine (6.4 Litre V8) destroying it, now after seeing all the Jeep ads you would expect your jeep to be able to traverse a bit of water, after all the ads show the Jeeps barreling through creeks and rivers deeper than what I went through, covered by warranty you say? not a chance, the people that I contacted were rude and arrogant and would not even entertain the idea that it was warranty, as far as they were concerned it was end of story, one of them even inferred that I had driven through much deeper water, I had a look at the air intake and found that unlike other models that had a tube from the air box to the front of the car just under the bonnet/hood to take in air, my air box opened straight down to between the chassis and the wheel arch so that any water splashed up from the front wheel went straight into the air intake, very bad design flaw and Jeep do not want to address it, shame on Jeep Australia, anyone that owns an SRT should lift the top off their air box and remove the air filter and you can see straight down to the chassis, and above all do not take your SRT through water"



What do you think? I believed this is the 2nd one I have heard it happened.

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Old 05-25-2015, 04:21 AM
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Re: SRT Intake Design Flaw?

Whirlpool user Mosky had his SRT die while driving in rain, 3 months of the road and no fix other than saying you shouldn't drive in heavy rain. Jeep Aus did nothing, dealer purchased car back.
I will get him to check this out.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:46 AM
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Re: SRT Intake Design Flaw?

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Whirlpool user Mosky had his SRT die while driving in rain, 3 months of the road and no fix other than saying you shouldn't drive in heavy rain. Jeep Aus did nothing, dealer purchased car back.
I will get him to check this out.
Yeh that's the one that I heard as well, but Couldn't remember where I saw it before lol.
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Re: SRT Intake Design Flaw?

To me, where the air intake is located means little when you drive that fast through standing water.
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Re: SRT Intake Design Flaw?

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Re: SRT Intake Design Flaw?

IMO this jeep did not drive through the water fast in any way if the vehicle is stock….usually its guys blasting through water when a hydrolock occurs… Very surprised this happened to a stock SRT…. if its truly stock…seems more like a CAI to me….Ive seen this happen a few times in person in the off road community…if its OEM this is definitely a problem for Jeep.
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if its truly stock…seems more like a CAI to me….Ive seen this happen a few times in person in the off road community…if its OEM this is definitely a problem for Jeep.
On his description sounded like is stock intake.
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Re: SRT Intake Design Flaw?

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IMO this jeep did not drive through the water fast in any way if the vehicle is stock….usually its guys blasting through water when a hydrolock occurs… Very surprised this happened to a stock SRT…. if its truly stock…seems more like a CAI to me….Ive seen this happen a few times in person in the off road community…if its OEM this is definitely a problem for Jeep.
IMHO, he did drive through too fast. It's not only apparent by how fast he crossed that intersection, just look at the rooster tail of water being thrown up out of his front wheel well as he's doing it. When you drive through water like that it doesn't matter where the air intake is.

When we get street flooding like that around here the other concern is having the manhole covers on the storm sewers blow off. That would be no fun dropping a wheel into an open manhole.
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There have been about 38k wk2 srt's built since 2012...so 2 out of 38k aint bad. It sounds like dumb luck and a combination of mother natures hard luck to me. I drove almost 2 years with a true cai where the filter was just behind the drivers side lower air intake threw monsoons and 18" of fluffy snow and didnt have a problem.
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Re: SRT Intake Design Flaw?

I'm sorry this has happened to him BUT, what a pelican, You dont drive thru any water at that speed, was he trying to impress someone maybe...that was more than 4-5inches of water as he was on the left which is the lower side of the road camber which can be up to 10inches drop (more in some cases). He should have been in the centre of the road. In all the adverts in Aus I have not seen one advertisement featuring the SRT off road. It is a performance AWD not 4WD. Hope the dealer doesn't see the video clip
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Re: SRT Intake Design Flaw?

CBS News just now showed someone in a white WK2 Grand Cherokee trying to cross a flooded section of roadway down in TX during their weekend storm. The vehicle was swept off the road, floated downstream and then turned turtle as it was going past the camera.

Don't know if the driver was still inside or managed to get out.
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the guy had it coming in that video, way to fast looks more like he was showing off. slow and steady wins the race.
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