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I hit a puddle and now my truck won't run

I have a 2004 F150 5.4L and the other night (it was a fairly cold night) I hit a big puddle on the highway, the truck almost immediately stalls, i get it going and it runs rough for a bit but eventually clears its self out. I get home shut the truck off and when i go out in the morning and start it, it only runs for a few min and shuts off. if i try to start it immediately after it stalls it wont start, but, if i give it a little while it will fire up and run for a couple and than it stalls again. The only thing it says when it shuts off is check gauges.

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  • thinzefs Dec 28, 2008

    sorry but i am not sure what you mean by Hydro locked and how do i fix a hydro locked engine?

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Take a heat lamp or a small electric heater with blower and set it up near your ECM {computer} let it sit there about a day. Remove heat source and start it up.

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Use a heat gun to dry off all ignition components. If that doesn't do it, start looking into a partially "Hydro Locked" Engine.

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    Peter Fadoulakis Dec 29, 2008

    "Hydro Locked" means that the cylinders are full of water and not moving. You didn't state if you heated all the ignition parts with a heat gun? You must do that first. Also remove all the drive and spark plugs and crank the engine and let me know if you see any fluid coming out of the spark plug holes.

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