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Unread 08-08-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Submerged my 95 Wrangler in water --- HELP ---

I submerged my 95 wrangler in water just last night 8/7/10. Today I drained the oil from the 350 pulled the plugs turned the crank manually successfully cleaning the motor of all water. Drained the 350 turbo transmission, 205 Transfer case, and both the front and rear 1/2 ton chevy dif's. Opened the distributor cap and let air dry for most of the day approx. 8-10 hours. Put everything back together, and filled with fluids. Now the battery seems to be completely dead.

My question is could the battery be bad now? What about the starter? It wanted to kick over on the first try and cranked about 2-3 turns, but then just started to click. Put a battery pack on it, and it just clicks once.

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Unread 08-08-2010, 09:47 PM   #2
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I will post pictures as soon as my camera dry's out....
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Unread 08-08-2010, 09:48 PM   #3
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I submerged my 95 wrangler in water just last night 8/7/10. Today I drained the oil from the 350 pulled the plugs turned the crank manually successfully cleaning the motor of all water. Drained the 350 turbo transmission, 205 Transfer case, and both the front and rear 1/2 ton chevy dif's. Opened the distributor cap and let air dry for most of the day approx. 8-10 hours. Put everything back together, and filled with fluids. Now the battery seems to be completely dead.

My question is could the battery be bad now? What about the starter? It wanted to kick over on the first try and cranked about 2-3 turns, but then just started to click. Put a battery pack on it, and it just clicks once.

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If you tried to crank it with plugs back in place it's likely hydrolocked again from the water in the intake tract

The last time I drowned a truck I drained everything pulled the plugs and then filled the crankcase and intake (carberated) with diesel till it overflowed I then cranked it for awhile shoooting diesel 20' to either side out the plug holes and in the process displaced ALL the water left in the system.

I drained it for awhile did an oil change wit cheap oil and let it idle for 5 minutes, changed the oil again ad drove it....afterward the engine never ran better......

The axles and trans (stick) on the other hand were never the same again
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I did not fill with diesel, but did manually crank the motor with the plugs out of it. Spit water out both sides of the motor. Continued to manually crank left to right until water stopped flowing. Sprayed with cleaner in the carb, and plug holes to lubricate pistons. Inserted plugs connected wires, ect.... Jeep wanted to start but now only clicks. Sounds like the plates in the battery have welded closed or a short in the starter maybe, or both.....

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If you can turn the motor by hand it's probably not hydrolocked (as in completly blown up from your motor trying to compress water lol). I've gone through three starters on my 4.0 and my buddy has gone through two on his chevy 350... Water eats starters BAD especially if you started he vehicle while the starter was submerged.

Teltale sign of water damage is a simple click each time you try to start. Every now and then it may turn over but a simple "click" and silence is grim news for the starter indeed (make sure the battery ground is on tight as a loose ground/hot results in the same.

Again I wouldn't bet it's hydrolocked if you turned it off before damage could occur. Especially since you can turn the motor by hand. If you can turn it, your starter can turn it.
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options and opinions......
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Unread 08-09-2010, 11:38 AM   #7
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Option 1a: use a voltmeter if you have one to check the battery.

Option 1: grab a battery out of another vehicle and try to start it.

Option 2: buy a battery and hope that's the problem.

Option 4: buy a reman starter and see if that's the problem if it's not the battery.

If it is determined not to be the battery or starter then something more sinister is at hand.
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If you don't like our help given based on your very very incomplete OP then you can have fun figuring this out yourself.

Welded the plates in the battery??????? Really? I take it you're unaware the battery is full of WATER anyway!
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Unread 08-09-2010, 11:52 AM   #9
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next time you get water in it. Just pull the plugs and turn the engine over with the starter. It will blow water 20 ft up so stay back from the engine. It will pull all the water out the intake that way. No need to put diesel in it. Diesel in the oil passages will loosen sludge and stop up the pick up tube...

If you got to pour something in the intake to get water out use denatured alcohol.

If the battery was underwater it can go bad. A easy test would be to jump the solenoid. Or turn your head lights on and see how long they last or how bright....
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Why not just pull the battery and starter out and get them tested at the parts store?

When I sunk my 4.0L I pulled it ashore, pulled the plugs (broke 2) and turned the motor over pumping all the water out. I tossed the muddy air filter in the back and got out of the woods on 4 cylinders. Once I got out I had a buddy tow me home where I did a complete tune up and oil change with Mystery Marvel in the gas tank and crankcase. I changed the oil 2 days later and put more MM in there. After that I was good to go.
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I will post pictures as soon as my camera dry's out....
When I sunk mine, my Nikon D80 didn't survive the water.... Neither did my other point and shoot camera, CD player, CB, work cell phone, etc.... :P

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