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Old 11-02-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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My bonneville, "Rhonda" drowned monday. I was caught in a flash flood while driving home from work. My road is a slight hill. I was only maybe a quarter of a mile from my house when about 2 feet of water came rushing down behind me. My fender intake took a huge gulp and the engine just shut down.

Turns out leaves had clogged all the drains and formed quite a river down my street.

Insurance Co. wants to total it out...

I'm bummed man...
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Oh man! So sorry to hear about that.

Screw the insurance company. If your engine wasn't at a high RPM, it probably only slightly hydro-locked. Pull all the sparkplugs, hold the throttle at 100%(clear flood mode) and crank it over for about 10 seconds. Reinstall sparkplugs, fire it up.
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Very sorry to hear that. Screw the insurance, I wouldn't let the insurance total my car.
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Really!? I was at low RPMs. Maybe around 2000? I took it to a mechanic, but he told me "it would need extensive engine work".

Mike I will deffinitly try that!!!
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Oh man! So sorry to hear about that.

Screw the insurance company. If your engine wasn't at a high RPM, it probably only slightly hydro-locked. Pull all the sparkplugs, hold the throttle at 100%(clear flood mode) and crank it over for about 10 seconds. Reinstall sparkplugs, fire it up.
^^^^^^^ Heck, what do you have to lose?
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Dont give up on ur car just yet. Im w/Mike on this. Plus i am sure u not stupid, when it hit you and car took a drink, its not like u were stuborly trying to start it over and over again. I believe its all fixable, its a pain in *** but that what u have to do. assuming it drink some water which got into cyl, i might sound stupid but id try to suck it out of cylinders by some siringe, blow it out of it by air compressor or even by cranking it over w/no spark, like mike suggested. Then id prob drop a little bit of oil in it and crank over again few times. Then id pray and see if after that itll kick back in. It should, unless u seized it, which im sure u didnt. Good luck
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I also agree with Mike...don't let the evil insurance company total it out. Do what Mike suggested....hopefully, it'll work & come back to life. Good luck, brother!
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depend how long it was under, the rest of the car is not meant to be under water, electrical grounds sensors etc... if it was only under for a few seconds and then you didnt crank it all i would agree with the rest. or you could let them give you the money and you can buy it back
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Did any water get inside the car? If not, the sensors and grounds may be fine. Drain the cylinders, get new oil, and see if it'll start up again.

Just be glad you got one little wave, rather than a whole hurricane.
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cant imagine the insurance bill for that
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