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Last night i hit a huge puddle of water due to flood storm and the car cut of but was still rolling lucky i had a drive way to armstrong the steering wheel into before it stop in the road. Now this morning i tried to crank it try to turn briefly but wont. The filter is soaked so that indicate water got in the motor :( PCM is fine all electrical work just car wont start any suggestions ?
 

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Engine dip stick isn't milky and transmission stick doesn't have bubbles my dad said i have to remove spark plugs and turn key so it can push water out.
 

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hi pull your pull the elect wires too dist cap probly get by leaving plug wires on if not make a picture and label them then flip dist cap off and see if water in in there or in top of coil ide pull coil off too to see if any migrated its way downward . if that's the case blow it out air comp or leaf blower I found works good washed my mtr it wouldn't start it was the cap for me and while your there blow out the dist too ..if the mtr turns over your not locked pull your plugs see if there wet ... and pull your fuel pump fuse so not pumping fuel. turn mtr over while you turn it over see if water blows out the plug holes ...hope that helps dry out the filter too ......swat..........
 

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If your air filter is "soaked" and the motor won't crank, chances are you hydrolocked it. If that's the case, you may have bent or broken piston rods (or worse).
Pull the plugs and crank the motor. If you have any water in a cylinder, that will pump it out.

Here is what can happen when a motor hydrolocks. Piston rod came through the side of the motor.
 

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Hey guys i pulled the plugs and shot the water out car is back running i forgot to look at responses but thanks any way.
 

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hi pull your pull the elect wires too dist cap probly get by leaving plug wires on if not make a picture and label them then flip dist cap off and see if water in in there or in top of coil ide pull coil off too to see if any migrated its way downward . if that's the case blow it out air comp or leaf blower I found works good washed my mtr it wouldn't start it was the cap for me and while your there blow out the dist too ..if the mtr turns over your not locked pull your plugs see if there wet ... and pull your fuel pump fuse so not pumping fuel. turn mtr over while you turn it over see if water blows out the plug holes ...hope that helps dry out the filter too ......swat..........
This has got to be one of the hardest-to-read posts I have ever seen. Punctuation is your friend!!!
 

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allright you got me on the grammer punc and what ever I just noticed someone who needed help and no response.. isnt that what we do is help each other .and not cut each others throats as theres plenty of other countries that will gladly do that to us what I said was tru he said it turns over so its not hydrolocked.. so I told him it wasn't locked 2nd told him to pull his dist cap off 3rd told him to pull his plugs and run it blow the water out how hard was it to understand my post please I felt as if you mock my intel well I am a 25yr master ac chiller/boiler tech that gets very hyper when typing... So as the great monte python and the holy grail movie says I fart in your general direction
 

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allright you got me on the grammer punc and what ever I just noticed someone who needed help and no response.. isnt that what we do is help each other .and not cut each others throats as theres plenty of other countries that will gladly do that to us what I said was tru he said it turns over so its not hydrolocked.. so I told him it wasn't locked 2nd told him to pull his dist cap off 3rd told him to pull his plugs and run it blow the water out how hard was it to understand my post please I felt as if you mock my intel well I am a 25yr master ac chiller/boiler tech that gets very hyper when typing... So as the great monte python and the holy grail movie says I fart in your general direction

Believe me rat wasn't meaning anything mean, he wouldn't hurt a fly. And believe me we appreciate your input! My family text messages are way harder to read so I didn't really notice or mind the typing at all haha

Plus it's great info, I wouldn't have thought to check the dist!
 

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I felt as if you mock my intel
No one was mocking you. Long, unpunctuated, run on sentences are simply very hard to read. Rat was simply trying to bring it to your attention.
To be perfectly honest, quite frequently when I run up on one I just stop reading and move on.
 

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Well yall going to hear ebonics in these videos so brace your selves! And it had a rough start but its running back smooth again. Im going to change the cap and rotor like suggested above. Thanks for help and watching.

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No two ways about it: You're lucky. Take it from an old engine builder - water in an engine is usually disaster, big time.

Next time, "Turn around; Don't drown !" (National Weather Service caution about driving into standing or flowing water)
 

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No two ways about it: You're lucky. Take it from an old engine builder - water in an engine is usually disaster, big time.

Next time, "Turn around; Don't drown !" (National Weather Service caution about driving into standing or flowing water)
hahaha your right i wont do it again man. I put too much in her to lose her.
 

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Yup, you one lucky SOB. Get down on your knees and thank the Cadillac Gods. :worship:

Oh, by the way, in the one video you said you "didn't get any water in the motor, just in the cylinder". That IS in the motor and worse than in the crankcase.
 

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Yup, you one lucky SOB. Get down on your knees and thank the Cadillac Gods. :worship:

Oh, by the way, in the one video you said you "didn't get any water in the motor, just in the cylinder". That IS in the motor and worse than in the crankcase.
some one told me getting it in the crankcase is worst but i am lucky dude.

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Speaking of which (the cylinders) - I suggest you change the oil as well.
will do
 

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some one told me getting it in the crankcase is worst but i am lucky dude.

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Nope, getting water in the cylinder is MUCH worse.

If it's in the crankcase, it just sloshes around there, as it's hard to completely fill it with water.
Generally, it only causes damage if you continue to drive with a significant amount of water in the oil [as the water causes problems for the
oil to do it's job].

If it's in the cylinder, the problem is that water doesn't compress much. If there is more water in the cylinder than the volume of the cylinder
at top-dead-center, then the piston goes up and then comes to an IMMEDIATE stop. Since the motor still has a lot of momentum, something
generally breaks, like the piston rod, the piston, sometimes the crankshaft or a valve.
 

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allright you got me on the grammer punc and what ever I just noticed someone who needed help and no response.. isnt that what we do is help each other .and not cut each others throats .... So as the great monte python and the holy grail movie says I fart in your general direction
Yeah, I'm just yankin' your chain, man. You're hard to read, but your information IS very much appreciated. And you're right, we're here to help each other. I just saw an opportunity for a little comedy. My bad.
 
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