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Unread 04-25-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Sank the CJ...

Ok, there's this pond right across the street from my house. It lines up right with the driveway which leads to a lot of days saying, "Well, the worst that could happen is that it ends up in the pond." Got home Tuesday, less than 5 minutes, and the dog starts running his mouth. I let him go for a minute then look out the front window... "CR@P!!! It actually happened!!!!" E-brake slipped, rolled down the driveway, hopped the curb, and nose down into the drink... Long story short; we got it out, drained all the water, replaced all the fluids, and dried out the little bit of electrical that got wet (mostly front lights but also D.U.I. distributor, starter, and solenoid. Fuse block and battery managed to stay dry, thank God.). Now all we're getting is a "click" when I turn the key. Thinking it may be the solenoid or the regulator on the distributor but not sure how to check? Any other possibilities I'm missing? Thanks in advance for the help!



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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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The first things I'd check are the starter and the solenoid. The starter motor has some pretty close tolerances between the rotor and the stator. Even a little bit of water can cause them to rust together. The solenoid has the same problem, close tolerance between contacts that are prone to corrosion.

Also, I'd check all the cables from the battery to the solenoid, to the starter, and to ground. Any one of those connections could have been contaminated/corroded by the unexpected dunking.

Good luck!
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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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I'll double check those connections you suggested in the morning. Not worried too much about corrosion, she was only in for about 45 min. But it is pond water, so plenty of other possible contaminants. Any way to check if the starter or the solenoid went bad or shorted or something? I'm still learning, so go easy on me. Thanks for the help!

On a lighter note, my dad asked when I got the boat... "Oh, nevermind. It's just that your Jeep has a waterline!!" Jerk...
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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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At least it was not running when it went in like mine back in 1987. I'd just pull the plugs, drain all fluids (engine oil, trans, xfer, gas tank, axles) then refill. After the engine oil is replaced, crank the motor over to clear the cylinders. Pull the dizzy cap and dry it out. After you get fuel back in it, replace the plugs and fire it up.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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I highly recommend always parking in gear. 1st or reverse, depending on which direction you're facing on the hill.

Damn, that sucks.

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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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That's where we're at 82. Now just getting a single click like a super dead battery. The D.U.I. dizzy has a regulator that also got submerged. Could that have been fried even without power going to it?
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I'd change the oil a couple of times if you had water in your oil. I'm rebuilding TWO of my 3 Honda ATV's from dunking them. Water = bad
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Man that sure does suck. I looked at the picture before reading it and I was thinking OMG did he really think he was going to drive through it!!

I lived across the street from my schools gym while growing up for 6 years. On day the football coach who was also the drives ed teacher forgot to stick the ebrake on his personal car. Rolled out the gym parking lot, across the street, and in to our driveway. Stopped about 3 feet short of hitting my dads 240z.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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Drive through it!!! That's rich! I will say that I've decided waterproofing is in order, snorkel and all. Maybe then I'll give it another shot.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 06:34 PM   #10
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Well, that's far better than me. I'da parked the thing in the drink coming home drunk the night before, swam out, crawled the rest of the way home, woke up the next morning and blamed it on the dog


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I'll double check those connections you suggested in the morning. Not worried too much about corrosion, she was only in for about 45 min. But it is pond water, so plenty of other possible contaminants. Any way to check if the starter or the solenoid went bad or shorted or something? I'm still learning, so go easy on me. Thanks for the help!

On a lighter note, my dad asked when I got the boat... "Oh, nevermind. It's just that your Jeep has a waterline!!" Jerk...
first when you turn the key you get just one click right.
check your battery with a volt meter 12.4v or better or think about a replacement. then check to make sure you are getting voltage to the hot lead on your starter the red wire should be always hot so about 12V, then test the ignition wire going to the solenoid un plug from the solenoid and stick the red test probe in the wire side of the connector and ground the black side. have some one turn the key to start. if you are getting any voltage (mine was 4v you should think about a starter) I only know as mine just died 2 weeks after getting stranded during a river crossing and that's what I did to get to a starter diagnosis.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 06:47 PM   #12
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Doubtful that water has stayed in the cylinders but I'd pull all of the spark plugs and, assuming you get the electrical sorted out, crank it over and let it puke any water out of the spark plug holes. New oil is a given and probably already mentioned.

Whatever you do, get it running asap so rust doesn't have a chance to pit your cylinder bores.


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First thing I'd fix is the P brake.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #14
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With the sequester and all the Blue Angel shows cancelled I bet you can get their bored mechanics to help

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If you can get 12v @ the starter, try banging it w/a mallet while someone has the key on start. CHOCK the wheels, double verify it's in nuetral (X-fer case too), and both feet are on the brake!
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