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I drove through standing water and now my car will not start the next day

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  • Kevin Blair
    Kevin Blair May 11, 2010

    how deep was the water?
    there are so many electronic items that will be shorted out if the water is deep enough to make it to the upper engine bay.
    Have you checked the fuses?

  • John Jon May 11, 2010

    will it crank? do you have horn/lights/radio/etc?


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You may want to pull the spark plugs and make sure there is no water in the cylinders and the oil to make sure no water is in there. This doesn't mean the engine is toast, but it means you'll want to make sure it cranks smoothly and and you change the oil and plugs. Outside of that, unplug the battery and all the wring harnesses (one by one) and make sure no moisture got in there. Ditto for the computer which may or may not be under the hood. pay particular attention to the ignition module and coils and use WD 40 to clear out any water from these connections and allow them to air dry.
Check the battery to make sure this didn't get shorted out. This may be your only problem. Hope this helps. Been there, done that

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