Friends Engine Drank some Water. I want to help him.
I usually am on the CJ forum but since he has a wj I am here with you strangers. haha. Hes not an internet guy so I tell him I know just the people to talk to. Ok so heres the deal. He was on the beach, water came in, hit his vehicle.
It never actually cut off when water came in, just started running like crap, (as soon as the water hit). He got it away from the water. Pulled the air filter and tried to crank it again, wouldnt work then. Was soon wise enough to call a tow truck. Tow guy sprayed some 'water displacement 40th attempt' on around the plugs. Managed to get it to crank, ran it for 20 minutes saying that would dry the engine out. Buddy then got the jeep towed home, says he can crank it as it sits but the engine feels very week and it wont shift into any gears. says if feels like a cylinder isnt hitting (he doesn't know much about engines) and that he can hear was sounds like a chattering ticking noise coming from under the vehicle.
I have instructed him to pull the plugs and try a few cranks to remove any water, as well as replace the air filter, oil, and oil filter. along with checking out the diff oils and trancase and tranny oils.
I have a Cj, I read what I could on this problem, I don't think its a fully blown hydrolock, He gets no smoke anywhere.
What do you guys suggest? I told him it was atleast good his engine ran, but to stop trying to run it for now, until he pulls those plugs. I think that tow guy was an idiot.
You guys think his engine is shot or is there some hope still left in this cruel world? Please help me help him out, he doesnt have money for a new engine nor a mechanic right now however he is very mechanical inclined.