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My grandma ran her 05 Optima into some high water and now it cranks but wont start. I removed wet air filter, pulled plugs and cranked to remove any water, oil looks ok, dried out all connections I could. Any ideas to help get it started for her?

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Try to get it scanned with that much water i.e. wet air filter grandma probably cooked the computer

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