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

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  • angel_fawn85 Feb 07, 2010

    Thank you for the answer I was able to get it fixed and I did leave the spark plugs out like you stated. After the ice thawed water and ice chips galore came out. And not the car is running again!!!!!! I knew it was the water the locked the engine up but due to it freezing it just complicated the issue. The you for your support.


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Depends on how much water got down the intake, the engine may be locked up due to that alone not water being frozen. Water being pulled into a running engine, can and will cause other damage. It can bent rods, cause the pistons to seize, due to lack of lubrication. To answer your question about how to thaw it out if ice is the problem, Cover the engine as best as you can with a tarp or blankets, with the hood up for room. Put a good drop light or or Halogen flood lights to shine down on the block (not so close as to burn or melt any thing but create some heat). If you have a small electric heater you can set it in there also but remember not so close as to cause some melting. Cover the wheels and the grill so as to keep as much heat in the engine compartment as you can. Yes this may take quite a few hours. Leave the spark plugs out until you think it is thawed, then try to turn the engine over. With the plugs out it will allow the water to blow out.

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  • John Fourteen Six Feb 08, 2010

    Please please change the oil as soon as you can. I am glad it was only ice.


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