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Old 02-08-2004, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend has a 93 T-bird with the infamous 3.8L. A few days ago there was flooding in my area and he drove his car into a puddle and the car stalled. From what he tells me, the water was up to the bottom of the headlights on the car. The car was in the water for about an hour. Now the engine will not crank. I tried hooking up a 225 amp engine start up to it to no avail. The car's elecrical system seems fine but the engine will not crank. Could water have gotten into the engine, and if so, is it possible to get it cranking again?
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Old 02-08-2004, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stop!! don't try cranking the engine anymore!!!!! The car is hydrolocked, in other words the air that is normally taken into the engine intake has been replaced by water. Air can be compressed by the pistons, but not water, so when the cylinders are full of water the engine stops. Hopefully you haven't blown the headgasket, bent the rods or hosed pistons or other wise ruined the engine by trying to turn it over. Take out ALL the sparkplugs and turn it over to blow out the water. If you are lucky after the water drys out the engine will work. BTW do they still have "Big Barry's" in Centereach?
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Old 02-08-2004, 10:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dude I tried emailing you to let you know NOT to turn the engine over and possibly screw up the car but IDISLIKEYOU@MSN was returned as not a valid email address. I figured you might check your email before this board but I guess not
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Old 02-08-2004, 10:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I figured as such, I know the person Peeling Paint is talking about, I will make sure to relay this to him quickly. What your saying to do is remove the spark plugs, THEN try cranking the engine to let the pistons shoot the water out, right?? Then the engine would have to dry out. Anything else we can do, cuz the guys car is parked at my girlfriend's house, I might be able to take a look at it. Is there anything else to look for to determine damage to the engine?? Thanks for the help Kermitec.

Edit: And by the way, I believe Big Barry's was shut down, Nick would probably know better than I would though.
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I would recommend the same as them; blow the water out, if there is any. If you remove the plugs and the engine still doesn't crank, then the starter may have been blown out. I would go through and check all the relays/fuses, as well as the battery and everything. I had a friend whose mom drove through a deep puddle and the car stalled out, wouldn't crank. Turns out it had hydrolocked AND the starter had shorted.
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Alright thanks for the input. He was thinking a starter, but we gotta see, I'm gonna talk to the guy tomorrow and see if we can attempt to check the engine for water.

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The first thing I would do is to remove all the plugs after disconnecting the coil wire, then try to turn it over, if the electrical system seems fine as you said and it won't turn over then you most likely need to replace the starter.
When you have replaced the starter or gotten it to turn over..STOP and change the oil and filter before you try to start it.
The pan most likely has water in it.
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If there is water in the engine, it froze over. It probably cracked the block. We are going to pull the plugs out and try to crank it. Thanks for the help.

EDIT: Big Barrys is closed. I believe there is a Pomodorino in there now.
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Yeah, trying to start a hydrolocked engine is definitely bad business!

It's been above freezing these past few days on LI, so now'd be a good time to pull the plugs and crank the water out of it. Once you do that, go ahead and change the oil, and then fire it up to dry it out the rest of the way. Don't rev it initially, just let it warm up at idle, as to dry out whatever moisture is left in the motor.

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Oh man, those headgaskets are already bad on the 3.8s...
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