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Water frozen in the engine what is the best way to get it melted when there is no opertunity to get in garage and temperature is below freezing?

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  • angel_fawn85 Feb 07, 2010

    Unfortunatly it was sucked up into the engine while being driven and stalled the engine. It froze before we were able to do anything with it

  • angel_fawn85 Feb 07, 2010

    The engine is locked up we remove spark plugs but water is now frozen

  • angel_fawn85 Feb 07, 2010

    Water frozen in the enginewater frozen in the engine what is the best way to get it melted when there is no opertunity to get in garage and temperature is below freezing? More
    water frozen in the engine what is the best way to get it melted when there is no opertunity to get in garage and temperature is below freezing?


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    Feb 07, 2010 - Unfortunatly it was sucked up into the engine while being driven and stalled the engine. It froze before we were able to do anything with it
    Feb 07, 2010 - The engine is locked up we remove spark plugs but water is now frozen

  • angel_fawn85 Feb 07, 2010

    Thank you for your comment on this issue. It did have 50/50 but unfortunatly when I ran through water it sucked up into my intake and therefore into my engine. I have managed to take to spark plugs out and use a deicer and hair drier and get it out then by manually turning the engine I was able to get enough water out to get it started.

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I would say hairdryer or heated blanket. Where in the engine is the water frozen? Is it in the engine block or in the radiator. If in the block, then you may need new frost plugs in the engine block. If in the radiator, then you will want to run very hot water through the coolant system with the petcock unscrewed so water can drain out. Does the engine start? Can you run it so the engine heats up and melts the water?

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    Nate Stansfield Feb 07, 2010

    The only way would be to try and flush it out with hot water, or get towed to a heated garage. Or if you can get your hands on some heat lamps which will melt it but it is not very safe because of the possibility of melting fuel lines. If you can block or shield the fuel lines you can try heated lamps or heated blankets.

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    Nate Stansfield Feb 07, 2010

    You can remove the spark plugs and manually turn the engine over. I would use a hairdryer, heat lamps, or torch to heat up the block. Next thing would to be to drain the oil and add fresh oil and filter to remove all remaining oil. Then you should be ok.

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If you have water frozen in the engine you may have plenty of problems. You may have a cracked block and if it is frozen solid I would almost bet you have some serious engine damage. Unthawing the frozen water should be done inside a garage where the engine can be inspected for damage. Why did this engine not have a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water installed? It would not have frozen if it had. I suggest you have it towed to your mechanic and have it looked at there. It is at the very least going to have to have the cooling system serviced and coolant installed.

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  • NOT ME Feb 08, 2010

    Great, glad you got it started. I misunderstood and did not realize you had water in the cylinders. Make sure you change the oil/filter and I would drive it a couple hundred miles and change the oil again just to make sure.

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