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On the way to work this morning my motor sounded like a kazoo around 2k RPM. After a bit of investigating I figured it was coming from somewhere in the intake. You could see the flex pipe sucking down when reving the motor.

 

Got home and tore the intake off. Apparently there's a pre filter/screen and a spring loaded bypass door (kazoo). It was all jammed solid and looks like it has been for a while. You can see all the leaks in the air box just by looking at the filter.

 

I can help but wonder if this contributed to my recent turbo seal failure.

 

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Yup! I believe they call that the snow screen. Very common to get plugged. Glad you got it figured out.

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Yup! I believe they call that the snow screen. Very common to get plugged. Glad you got it figured out.

Figures I'm the last one to know lol.

 

Can I just hack out the screen or does my motor really need to be protected from the snow?

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Figures I'm the last one to know lol.

 

Can I just hack out the screen or does my motor really need to be protected from the snow?

You drive in the snow a lot more than me but I removed mine when I read about how badly they clog up.

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In beetles there is a piece of foam in the fender that will work its way to sealing the top end of the snorkel also.

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Beetles have the snow box in the left front corner behind the bumper cover, it also has a big restriction in the piping between the snow box and AF housing. Mine is MIA.

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Just gently cut out the screen with a sharp knife and all is good.. The air inlet pipe is a good vacuum cleaner.. Keep your air filter and air box clean... Your mileage will thank you...

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