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Old 08-08-2018, 03:00 PM   #1  
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bottomed out and wont start

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i live at a spot where my garage is down a steep ramp which normally i scrape the bottom of the front bumper a tiny bit if i dont turn the wheel and go down at an angle. my car is not in anyway slammed or nothing its just the nature of the beast. worst garage ever...

anyway, i got a flat real close by so i limped it back home and as soon as i went down the ramp i heard a huge metal hit and scrape like i hit the bottom frame or something up front which obviously had to do with one rim basically being on the ground. my car completely shut off and now does not run. cranks over, starts, does not stay on for more that 3 seconds. my first initial suspicion is i popped off a charge pipe or messed up my intercooler which upon inspection thankfully was not the case. theres nothing i can instantly and obviously see going on down there that would cause concern. no leaks or any fluids or nothing just a straight up bang and dead. only the front end hit so whatevers up front has to be the culprit im just at a loss here and have no idea whats going on.

any of you ever dealt with this or have any ideas? all help is appreciated. thanks!
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So I'm guessing you have a lnf do you have the stock intercooler?
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So I'm guessing you have a lnf do you have the stock intercooler?
yes lnf and not stock intercooler. its a zzp.
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What snail is going to say is that you probably busted your intercooler or piping. Check for boost leaks.
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What snail is going to say is that you probably busted your intercooler or piping. Check for boost leaks.
is it possible to bust the insides of it? cause nothing is visibly damaged from the outside and the piping looks great. its still my number 1 prime suspect though so i have no clue.
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Best thing to do is to do a boost leak test
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There is likely a significant boost leak, might not be the bottom of the intercooler but could be a connected pipe that came off from the force.
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i dont have the means of doing a proper boost leak test right here. i plan on dropping the front bumper and inspecting further. i really hope i find something because this is very odd.
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found the culprit! i knew it lol

now the question is... how much would a new core mess with my tune?
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found the culprit! i knew it lol

now the question is... how much would a new core mess with my tune?
Damn, that sucks.

A new intercooler should have 0 effect on your tune.
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Damn, that sucks.

A new intercooler should have 0 effect on your tune.
are you sure? even if i go with a different brand/size? i plan on ordering a new one asap
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found the culprit! i knew it lol

now the question is... how much would a new core mess with my tune?


Goddamn bruh! I've smacked the hell out of my ZZP intercooler and nothing like that has happened... Just busted my radiator

New core won't affect anything. Good luck man.
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Goddamn bruh! I've smacked the hell out of my ZZP intercooler and nothing like that has happened... Just busted my radiator

New core won't affect anything. Good luck man.
yeah the crazy thing is it wasnt even that hard of a hit. rolled on in, and i guess the weight of the car all up on it did it in. it broke upwards for sure and that missing screw on the bottom definitely didnt help out either
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Lol that's crazy
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are you sure? even if i go with a different brand/size? i plan on ordering a new one asap
A different intercooler will not in anyway effect the tune.
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A different intercooler will not in anyway effect the tune.
ok thanks alot! imma get the ball rolling then.
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yeah the crazy thing is it wasnt even that hard of a hit. rolled on in, and i guess the weight of the car all up on it did it in. it broke upwards for sure and that missing screw on the bottom definitely didnt help out either
The missing bolt at the bottom is most definitely the reason it broke. Best of luck with a new one man!
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