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Old 07-10-2003, 12:54 PM   #1
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Anyone run their sti's through an automatic car wash and suffered any problems with the wing? I have been hesitant to run mine through but my instinctive laziness is forcing me to pose this question. :-)
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Old 07-10-2003, 01:09 PM   #2
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Anyone run their sti's through an automatic car wash and suffered any problems with the wing? I have been hesitant to run mine through but my instinctive laziness is forcing me to pose this question. :-)
I didn't want to risk it, so I asked the New England guys where to find "touchless" automatic car washes in my area (NE Mass).

The touchless wash I tried worked pretty well - I was most worried about the blow-dryer (goodbye, hood scoop?). Fortunately the dryer only caused about 1/4" of hood flex, which is similar to what I've seen happen at highway speeds.
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Old 07-10-2003, 01:43 PM   #3
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ahh forget it. It was a dumbass post and I admit it. Yes I drive in the hard rain and yes I use my I/C sprayer when needed... oh yeah, and I can't be that paranoid because I could give a damn if I get an intercooler screen or not. So...


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Old 07-10-2003, 01:51 PM   #4
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yeah, it'd be horrible to get water on an intercooler....

it has seals...

don't think soap will hurt anything...
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Old 07-10-2003, 02:41 PM   #5
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Unfortuantely, with this car you will be forced to work the manual way when it comes to washing the car. Besides risking the wing damaged, you also risk getting soap and water into the hood scoop and all over the intercooler and engine. Not worth the risk.
Uhh.... you're kidding right? Do you plan on not driving the car in the rain?
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Old 07-10-2003, 02:46 PM   #6
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That new intercooler spray is a clever ploy by the folks at Subaru to destroy the intercooler with water and increase service bay revenues.
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Old 07-10-2003, 02:46 PM   #7
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Well I've taken mine through the touchless and although my scoop isn't ask big as yours I haven't had any problems so far. We all know water won't damage it (its not as if its been sprayed on it directly). No sure about the soap but I can't see enginers making something that couldn't handle a little soap.
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Old 07-10-2003, 03:07 PM   #8
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That new intercooler spray is a clever ploy by the folks at Subaru to destroy the intercooler with water and increase service bay revenues.


Quite a few homebrew intercooler spray setups utilize the winshield washer tank as a fluid source. Winshield washer fluid is mainly phosphates (soap). No problems whatsoever with soap.
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Old 07-10-2003, 03:19 PM   #9
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Quite a few homebrew intercooler spray setups utilize the winshield washer tank as a fluid source. Winshield washer fluid is mainly phosphates (soap). No problems whatsoever with soap.
Soap is OK as long as it's at least 93 octane.
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Old 07-10-2003, 03:56 PM   #10
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I have been running the touchless ones for 2 years with my old car with no issues (Modded WRX with TXS TMIC) and have taken the STi through a few times with no issues there either.
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Old 07-10-2003, 05:35 PM   #11
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I just remove the wing (and lower the antenna) on my RS before going though the carwash.
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Old 07-10-2003, 05:38 PM   #12
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Unfortuantely, with this car you will be forced to work the manual way when it comes to washing the car. Besides risking the wing damaged, you also risk getting soap and water into the hood scoop and all over the intercooler and engine. Not worth the risk.
You're right, water on the intercooler will certainly ruin it.
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Old 07-10-2003, 05:39 PM   #13
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Besides risking the wing damaged, you also risk getting soap and water into the hood scoop and all over the intercooler and engine. Not worth the risk.
OMFG! Are you kidding me???

Just leave now
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Old 07-10-2003, 05:58 PM   #14
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HAHAHA, thats hilarious.

Watch out for that water, it ruins engines and intercoolers. I bet it would be nearly impossible to wash your car without getting water and soap in the eninge no matter how you do it.
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Old 07-10-2003, 07:42 PM   #17
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OK ease up guys, I think everyone has flamed him enough.
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Old 07-13-2003, 09:59 AM   #18
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OK ease up guys, I think everyone has flamed him enough.
That UNPOSSIBLE!!!!!!

Serisoulsy folks, EVERY time I go to a car wash, I open the hood, set it to high pressure soap, and go caveman on the engine compartment/motor (cover airc cleaner with a plastic bag) Then with high pressure rinse.
Soap/water will do NOTHING to your motor as long as it doesnt ingest it
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Old 07-14-2003, 03:28 PM   #19
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My Sti is only 4 days old and I've ran it through the car wash already. Not a problem with my wing nor the intercooler. Runs fine.
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