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I own a 1993 DX Honda Civic Hatchback. Recently I had a friend do an engine bay wash that did not end well for me. While driving it home it was running very poorly, shuddering, unable to reach speeds above 60km/hr etc. I discovered that my car was unable to start again after turning it off. I took all the water out of my sparkplugs which was a substantial amount, dried it out as best I could and restarted the car. I then drove down the block before it died again and refused to start. I can barely get it to idle now even after replacing the sparkplugs. My oil is not "milky" nor was there ever any coolant present in the sparkplugs. However, on one attempt to start, that air filter started smoking and the car backfired. Lesson learned...engine bay washing is a no no. Help please!!

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Check and dry out any water than may be in the air box -- and dry air filter out, ( a wet filter will not let air pass through it well ).
ALSO -- check and dry out any moisture that might be in the distributor cap,, dry the rotor and contact points inside the cap and in the base of the distributor body.


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Just because the oil is not milky doesn't mean there isn't water in the oil. More than likely there is too much water that was left inside the engine which is not good at all. Try getting the oil changed along with you air filter. Also your friend could have messed up your spark plug wires and your distributor or coil. Sadly this engine bay wash is most likely going to cost you a trip to the mechanic to get find out exactly what is wrong and get fixed

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Next time you bay wash your car, leave it running. This way the water evaporates instead of settling in or on your engine. Also make sure that you do not have any exposed wires or leaks in your engine prior to trying it again.

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