2009 Suzuki SX4: How Did This Happen?
January 09, 2010
This morning I was minding my own business, just standing there and casually opening the hood of our 2009 Suzuki SX4 in preparation for an oil change. And then I saw what you see above.
What the? How did this happen? I don't think it could have come off on its own. The motor mounts prevent the engine from torqueing over too far. Besides, there has to be some torque. (OK, that was a low blow.)
Could someone have left it off while poking around in there, looking at something? Or maybe they took it off thinking they'd discovered some hot-rod performance trick. Not likely. This set-up ensures that engine breathes nothing but hot underhood air. The pipe brings cooler, denser air from outside.
Luckily, the air filter is integrated into the engine cover to the left so the engine wasn't wheezing on dust and twigs and bugs.
Let's pop that baby back on there.
Let's see ... it goes like this.
There, good as new. Maybe this explains why the SX4 felt slower than usual coming home yesterday.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehilce Testing @ 20,051 miles