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Flooded car i have a 1997 chrysler sebring and was driving too work went through too much water on accident streets were flooded and wont start water wasnt very high \only up too the bottom of the door and cannot find the spark plugs too pull them and try to get some water out any suggestions

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Living in Houston Tx I am used to floods.

It is important to know if the car died when you went through the flood and if you tried to restart it when you were still in the water.

If it died in the flooding and you tried to restart it you probably sucked a bunch of water in and you will need to drain and refill ALL the fluids ASAP and rehab all the electric connections that got wet.

If you got it out of the floodwaters before trying to start then you likely didn't get much water in your engine or tranny.

Tips for drivng in a flood:
Don't!
But if you have to, and you are behind traffic or getting flooded because an SUV coming down the road floods you in its wake the only thing you can do is to try to keep the vehicle from dying by revving the engine. If someone is in front of you and you can't get away throw the tranny in neutral and feather the accelerator to keep the engine revved so it wont die.

Physics lesson: the greater the rpm the greater the positive crankcase pressure. This crankcase pressure is what keeps the floodwaters from invading your engine when it is running. When it is just sitting in the flood it isn't good, but the amount of water getting into your engine will be negligible and not really of concern- but you'd still want to change the fluids- especially brake fluids- which always is neglected after a flood and the most likely to be contaminated by water even if the car doesn't die.
Good Luck- keep me posted on how it goes & if you have more trouble after you flush and refill fluids. If this helps to fixya then please rate this solution.

The problem is when you try to start the engine while it is submerged, because this causes a vaccuum or suction into the crankcase through every gasket- which is the same suction forces that cause your fuel and air to get pulled into the throttle body for starting. If you did this then drain and refill all the fluids ASAP- the sooner the better. ATF is worse because you can't remove all of it and there are so many channels and clutch band fibers to get gummed up. Change it as quick as you can, replace the filters.

If you didn't try to restart it while it was in floodwaters then you probably have a fouled or shorted electrical connection. start under the vehicle and work your way up cleaning and checking your plugs and components- yes the starter too. Best case scenario- dirty contacts or blown fuses from shorts.

Follow the spark plug wires from the distributor to find the spark plugs.

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There is no water in the intake, unless it splashed up. you need to take the plugs out and spray wd-40 in there and blow out the cyl with compressed air. the water could of possibly gotten in them, or it could be an electrial issue... more info. does it crank, does it run..?

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First, not to panic. Unless you submerged your engine there is only a matter of some water getting on your ignition syste. Don't pull any plugs, won't help. Basicly its a dry out thing. The steam from your exhaust definately filled tthe engine compartment with plenty of moisture. Your car is new enough to where s little moisture will be overcome. If you stalled in water that deep, there is also the issue of having filled your exhaust system with water.. The car will not start with the exhaust blocked with water. It will be obvious if thats the case. It will blow water from tthe tail pipe. If it does start, any waterr will blow out and what doesn't will go away when everything heats up.

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