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Old 09-29-2004, 10:42 PM   #1
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Hurricane Jeanne & my svt

So Tuesday night I was on my way home from work in northeast Philadelphia. I have about a 33 mile commute and Tuesday night Jeanne was coming through. On my way to get on to I-95 I had hit a couple big puddles and started to get worried, the previous weekend I had installed my AEM CAI and FC TB. Well made it onto I-95 south, all the way down 95, and got off my exit. I new a couple local areas were flooded so I avoided them as best I could. I was crusing along, less than 2 miles from home, and was beginning to think "OK, I made it" ... and thats were I screwed myself.

Heading down a dark street and behind a car, I suddenly find myself in some pretty deep water. The car in front makes it through and of course I don't. I die in the middle, and end up having to push it about 10 - 15 yards out to the other side and onto the shoulder. Try to start it ... nothing. Call my GF up and have her come get me. Get home, call a tow truck. About an hour later we are at my car ... and guess what, there is no sign that there was anything even as deep as a puddle there. I assume thats what they call a flash flood. So we tow the car home.

Wednesday, I take the day off ... kinda have to, no way to get to work. First thing I do is grab my trusty Haynes manual and start reading about how to disassemble as much of the motor as I think I can. Second thing I do, search the forums for Hydrolock. After reading some very discouraging stories, I decide to continue anyway. Head down into the garage. Remove the battery, CAI, and TB. Peak inside the Intake Manifold and it does not look too bad. I can see some water but not much. Decide to try and get it out with some paper towels. Paper Towel after Paper Towel and no change in water. Take a deeper look and see that manifold is almost completely full of water. After I nearly piss my pants I remove the Plugs, Valve cover, and drain the oil. As soon as I loosen the oil plug, water starts dripping out. Piss my pants again and then finish draining the oil. Run out to Home Depot (thanks for letting me use the ZX2 Kelly), purchase a shop vac (always wanted one of those) come back and vac out all the water i can from eveywhere I see it. Let it sit for about an hour, come back and vac anything new I see. Then I try and turn it over. The motor seems to turn just fine, no weird noises as far as I can tell. Some more water squirts out, I clean it up. Turn it over some more, clean it up. Finally after turning it over, no more water. Clean up all the mess I can see and call it a night.

Tomorrow I am hoping for some sunny weather so I can roll it out of the garage and try and let it dry out some more. Then I am going to reassemble, new oil, and hope for the best.

So what do you think my chances are of the engine actually starting up tomorrow once reassembly is compete? I think I have in the 35 - 40% range.

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Old 09-29-2004, 10:55 PM   #2
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Heh, this may sound stupid, but get another shop vac.....

Put your valve cover on...put the suction tube on the 'blow' side of the vac (use the brand new one) onto the oil cap and stick the other vac 'sucking' around the oil pan...

Or, if you have the winter pkg. plug in the engine block heater, maybe that'll evap. some moisture...

Thats sucks tho. Thats EXACTLY why I went to a short ram...little less torque, but I'm not having to suffer the wounds you are.

You could also just keep flushing oil through it, though, may not work as oil and water separate...heh, in theory though, if you put the oil pan on, and just filled it to the max (like, flood it with oil) so its over flowing through the valve cap...it would put the water right on top and you could suck it out...sounds crazy and absurd, but hey, that just might work. A shit load of oil is way cheaper than a motor.

Hope whatever you try works for you!

Dont hold me responsible for my ideas, Im just brainstorming and trying to help any way I can..
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Old 09-29-2004, 10:58 PM   #3
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You should have pulled the plugs to begin with. Pull the plugs and turn it over till it stops squirting and when the misting subsides we call it good. It's good that you changed the oil but you didn't have to dissassemble any part of the motor. If you've done this thourough of a job you should be good.
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I like the engine block heater idea. If you're got one you should try it. I'd say your chances are about 35%. Good luck.

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Old 09-29-2004, 11:01 PM   #5
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LOJACKSVT Flushing oil will not get water out of combustion chamber. PULL SPARK PLUGS, SUNK MANY A JET SKI, LISTEN TO ME!!! Works on all types engines. After pulling a vehicle out of rivers it works and doesn't hurt a thing. NO NEED FOR SHOP VAC SAFARI.
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Block heater will cause rust not evaporation!
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BLOCK HEATER KEEP MOISTURE IN ENGINE. NOT HOT ENOUGH!!
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Your chances are .063 % that the block heater will even get hot enough to turns that water into steam.
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Block heater is supposed to keep engine warmer than FREEZING. It wont even burn your hand if you touch it. How's it going to help evaporate water. That's like putting a lid on a pot of warm water. CONDENSATION will occur if it was even possible to get it that hot.
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Not the Euro Package, would be nice if it was, but no.
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