Death from microfiber towel

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  1. alex_jrs21

    alex_jrs21 Senior Hellcat Member

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    Crazy story so my good friend here in Houston bought a red hellcat challenger 3 days after he bought it he was washing it him self so he left a microfiber towel on the bumber near the headlight hole so he pulled off ....the towel went in the hole blew up his supercharger and motor now the car needs a new engine not COVERD under warranty . Pretty sad has any one else had any problems with stuff going in the head light hole
     
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    wow, how did it get past the air filter?
     
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    Shouldn't there be some sort of screen or mesh inside that headlight inlet to prevent rocks, insects, birds, and other debris from getting completely sucked up in there? ...Kind of like how nasal hairs work, only for cars.
     
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    Insurance should cover it!
     
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    Duh, he did say it was "microfiber"...:p
     
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    So, I'm assuming the supercharger blew up because the air flow was completely restricted, since there's a huge air box & filter that the air has to go through before entering the actual supercharger, correct?
     
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    alex_jrs21 Senior Hellcat Member

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    Good question im not sure because when he called me and told me about it he was pretty devastated so he didn't say much just the the supercharger blew up and the motor
     
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    Ray Hunsaker Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member

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    Hmmmm that does not sound right, no way that will get past motor would run real rich or just go into limp mode. weird.
     
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    Sounds fishy to me. I would think if you restrict air flow the engine would simply stop like any regular engine would. I don't know about this particular engine and how it would respond, but that towel definitely didn't get past the air filter and it just doesn't sound right that the supercharger blew up when the air path was restricted.

    Maybe he was experimenting with taking the air filter out for more power.
     
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    Your friend made up a terrible story to exp[lain how he really destroyed the SC and engine.

    Not to mention, this isn't like the guy who walked in front of the A7 on the flight deck and got sucked inside the intake. I doubt there is that much draw from that hole and there is more pushing air into the hole at speed rather than sucking, plus I'd figure the the towel would have fallen off the bumper first since it sounds like he was just moving the car.
     
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    On top of getting past an airfilter it would have to pass the throttle body
     
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    The headlight is a secondary entry point for fresh air.
     
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    a secondary entry point is always a good thing.............................
     
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    Not saying your friend is full of crap, but my "I'll believe it when I see it" instinct is spiking.
     
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    April fools maybe?
     
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