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My 97 Toyota corolla will not stay running after going through deep water. Most of the engine compartment was briefly submerge. It starts but runs rough and dies if I try put it in drive and try to accelerate. The check engine light is also now on. It has been sitting a couple days but still has the same issue.

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Possible exhaust restriction.
Could be cat converter.
You can try and unhook the exhaust system and try it.
If the car will run a few minutes try a vacum guage hooked up to engine vacuum.
If you get a very low reading that would be your answer.

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