I accidentaly turned my car into a boat, and now I have water in my engine, HELP OUT!
Ok, so heres what happened. I'll skip the legistics and tell you all that I
drove my 98 Toyota Camry (V4 Engine) into a puddle about 1 inch or less
above the bottom of the door :banghead: The car stalled, and I tried
turning it on again. I have read this is a bad idea, and I don't remember a
signifigant pop or crack which I now know would be a rod dropping, but
there could have been, I'm not 100% sure. My car wouldnt start up any more
after this, so I put it in neutral, which caused water to get in the car
because I had to open the door, and pushed it as far as i could back.
Eventually I got towed and now the car is in my garage. After some
searching the internet and the help of some friends, I took out the air
intake tubes and they are drying, along with the air filter. The spark
plugs have been taken out too and they are drying and I put a piece of
paper over the holes so they wouldn't get anythign in them. So you know,
the spark plug chambers are about 4 or so inches deep to the actual sprk
plug top. In a day or so, we will try cranking the engine so that water
will come out (hopefully). My electrical sytem and whatnot is still good,
and the floors have been cleaned of any puddled water. The rugs are still
wet, but everythign is drying.
So, any suggestions on what I should do, how I know if my engine is completely shot, what the next steps I should take are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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i dont really know what to say but.... wow... sorry
I'm affraid your engine is dead. Entering water inside the engine could
have deformed the interior parts (i.e. crakshaft,... --one of these days
i'll translate one text about a guy that had water entering his TDI engine
through the air filter because of the rain).
In any case, next time you drive through a puddle use one like this: http://es.wikipedia.org/upload/9/95/Balseros.jpg
Had the exact same experience with a 94 toyota pickup 22R 5speed, and like
you my first instinct was to restart the engine.....then I took the exact
same steps you are now taking.....the engine ran afterwards with a slight
tap...then about two weeks later my engine blows metal chunks all over the
freeway, I wish you the best of luck :wink2: .
The actual diagnosis was that the number 4 cylinder threw a rod through the block and the toyota dealership tech said it wasnt the first time he had seen this exact senario. Wish I had rebuilt it before I needed a whole new engine. Hope this post helped you.
I would suggest if the engine turns over and the water comes out to take a
small oil can and squirt a little Marvel Mystery oil into each cylinder.
This will help control any rust in the cylinders.
Also i would dump my motor oil as soon as you think the engine will make it and replace the filter.