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Drove through two to three feet of water, now 95 honda accord won't start

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Hi there mlyon3 or should I say 'Sub-Commander',

The big question is did the engine try to breathe under water? At two or three feet, this is a possibility.


Water does not compress. If you try and crank it, something will give (and it won't be the water). Do this first:

  • Find a 1/2" drive (ratchet, extension, 5/8" deep socket) a dry rag, a can of carb cleaner, some oil and open the hood.
  • Pull all the spark plugs (keeping track of which ones go where). Check them for moisture. Dry them if needed. Check and dry the connections on the wires too.
  • Now you can turn the engine over. If there is water in the cylinders, it will shoot out of your engine like a fountain in Vegas. I hope this isn't the case (even though it's pretty cool to see). Next put a couple drops of oil in each spark plug hole. Crank it again. Spray a little carb cleaner in each hole and replace the plugs.
  • Pull the distributor cap. Check inside for moisture and use the rag to dry if necessary. Replace the distributor cap.
  • Check the oil. Are there water droplets beading up on the dipstick. If so, change the oil soon. is the level normal? Too high? If too high, change the oil REAL soon.
  • Check the battery terminals. Are the connections tight and dry? No corrosion?
  • Check the air filter. Is it wet? Inside? Outside? Both? If any, put it somewhere it can dry. Spray some carb cleaner into the carb.
  • Now try turning the engine over with the intent to start it.
If the engine turns freely (nothing bent from trying to compress water), it should start.

If you have further problems, get back with me.
If it works, keep it at periscope depth, OK?

Remember: good things come to those who Rate.



Posted on Aug 04, 2008

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    Justin Case Aug 05, 2008

    Correction: The ratchet, extension, socket can be any drive size. 1/2" is not mandatory. I've been working on an engine thats as big as my Jeep. I had big tools on the brain. My apologies.


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