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Milky oil/wet air filter (change )went throught high water but still want start

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  • jrmrob Nov 13, 2009

    went tring to start it just click

  • jrmrob Nov 13, 2009

    when tring to start it just click had the starter check its good

  • Brandon Undeberg May 11, 2010

    If you went through high enough water to cause the oil to be milky and to wet the air filter you may have some really wet electrical components. I would change cap and rotor as well as plugs. The wires seal pretty well so that shouldn't be an issue. Also check your transmission fluid, if this is pink and frothy like strawberry milk you will have a huge problem. Transmissions are very susceptible to water damage. The glue that holds the clutches together will literally fall apart if water is introduced to the transmission. I have a buddy who recently took his jeep through a river and he just shelled out his transmission. It didn't even take much water. If the transmission is ok... also check the fuse box, if there is any water in there you will have to take every fuse out and let that dry. And it may not come back. You may even have to change out the computer if that got too wet. They're usually sealed really well but you never know.You can always check spark by pulling a plug, sticking it back in the plug wire, set the hexagonal part against something steel and hold onto the plug wire. DON'T touch the end of the spark plug it will shock you really hard. Then have a friend turn the ignition key like they're starting it. You should see a spark, if you don't then there's no spark. Rotor and cap should fix that.

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To have milky oil it means water has mixed with oil

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Milky oil is a sign of water in the oil. So before you ever start this engine you need to change the oil & filter or this moisture will cause engine damage. Now replace the Air Filter with a new one. You must have went through some very high water so you more than likely have moisture in the electrical connections. Purchase a can of Electronic cleaner such as CRC QD Electronic Cleaner. It is a great product you can get just about anywhere. Disconnect all the electronic connections and spray with this cleaner. Let set for a few seconds and then reconnect. This will remove any moisture that is trapped inside. Pay special attention to the distributor, so remove the cap and spray inside. Remove all spark plug wires and spray the connections. Hopefully this will allow you to start the engine. If not, try using some starter fluid to get it going. Once it starts let it run for at least 30 minutes to dry everything out.

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