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    Senior Member DMCVegas's Avatar
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    Well, the old coolant is on the inside of the engine. Externally in the VOD, the problem is when you have dead leaves and other dead vegetation that collects. When it rots, it will lower it's pH and start to corrode the aluminum. That's the problem. It also gets made even worse if you're leaking coolant from the Y-Pipe/water pump when the coolant collects there.

    As for the alternator, don't sweat it. I've driven through flood water where I've submerged the entire thing. The warning light will come on, but I just gun the engine until thing just flings out all the water and it's good to go again. Even been through an industrial waste spill and even raw sewage with no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Rainwater doesn't cause corrosion in an aluminium engine...old coolant does.
    Mix rainwater with a bunch of leaves, acorns, mouse droppings etc. and it gets corrosive.
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    Not really banned Michael's Avatar
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    I wasn't aware the cover protected that much. Odd that I have had mine for 7 years and have yet to see so much as a leaf make it past the louvers.

    I guess if you just let one sit in the forest month after month year after year things and critters will work their way into the VOD and cause corrosion problems. I wasn't exactly saying the car is bullet proof with the cover missing or not.

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    One of those purists you keep hearing about. sdg3205's Avatar
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    I put the engine cover back on today. I couldn't find a safe place to store it.

    I also have a gig coming up with Labatt and I want the car in showroom condition.
    Dave

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    One of those purists you keep hearing about. sdg3205's Avatar
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    Has anyone come across or developed a way of locking or latching the louvres down without the lower engine cover in place?
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdg3205 View Post
    Has anyone come across or developed a way of locking or latching the louvres down without the lower engine cover in place?
    You could make a thing that fits the lower cover latch that has a loop for the louvre...Maybe find a use lower cover thats all busted up and cut out that area then snap it into the lower cover latch...and when you wanna remove it, just pop it out like you would a cover.

    Or.....bungee the louvres to the bottom of the rear fascia....or......duct tape a couple big rocks to the rear of the louvre
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