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My 97 ford explorer i drownd it out in a creek it acted like battery was dead so i pulled it home now i tryed to turn the crank by hand and it want I believe its locked how can I fix it or wats wron

Iv tryed diffrent batteries , beat on the starter , and tryed to turn the crank by hand nothing

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IF you drown a diesel then you have sucked up water into the cylinders and it will not turnover because of the hydraulic lock from the water.. Normally it bends rods and does damage to the heads and studs . To get it to turn over remove all the injectors and turn over by hand and the water will squirt out of the injector holes. When you have turned it and all the pistons have pushed as much water out as possible then the starter will exhaust the rest re insert the injectors and see if it will start. If it does but makes knocking noises and runs bad then you may have to consider an engine rebuild.. Next time you want to swim a diesel consider having a snorkel fitted professionally as it saves on engines.. You will have to change all the transmission oils as well as water gets in via the breathers

Posted on Dec 29, 2013

Testimonial: "Its my first ford its a gas burner i was going to remove the plugs and try to get it to free up. You think when it died it sucked water up in the tha tail pipe and caused it to lock up or you think its electrical iv been through this creek a million times in toyotas and chevys never had no problems like this"

  • Bill Boyd Dec 29, 2013

    now that you explained the engine for it not to turn over will be water in the cylinders. sucked up through the air filter. I would still remove the plugs and wind it over . I would not say up the pipe as the cat converter would stop most of it unless it was broken before hand and if it wasn't it will be now.. I would say that it is electrical and you will have to run the fault codes to find out which ones.



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