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Won't start, getting fuel and spark drove thru high water, clean everything,changed oil pulled plugs

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Something is still wet..Look in dist cap...

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With the plugs removed spin engine over to push water out of the cylinders, you may have caused engine damage if it water lock, as the pistons can not compress water, but just make sure theres no water in the engine cylinders also check all fuses even the under hood fuse box.

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o no! how deep?
my have sucked in water!
remove plugs, turn engine over water might come out of plug holes .
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