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Drove threw large amount of water!

I drove threw a large amount of water and my charger just completely cut off and wont start, what do i need to do?

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  • ctcole1_3545 Apr 20, 2009

    We had a flood in houston, tx and my car won't start either but at least it attempts to fire but not enough power. Everything still works.

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Drain all the fuel out of your vehicle. Remove the air filter and check to make sure water did not get into the fuel injection system. If you did you will also need to drain your oil and replace that also. Last check your tranny and make sure not water is in there.

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