WATER GOT INTO INTAKE CAR DIED

  • Tiny
  • acuracl2324
  • 1998 Acura CL
  • 80,000 miles

I drove through water and got it into my intake and my car died. Got it started and it ran like nothing happens. Then about a week later, I started making this ticking noise. And it kept getting louder then it just died. Wouldn't start for about 10 minutes. Got it started but it wouldn't keep an idle. Kept dying unless I help rpm's up. So I drove it home. Now when I go to turn key to start it, its just a thunk noise. Whats wrong?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 6:01 AM

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  • Tiny
  • rasmataz
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The engine could be hydrolocking-check all the cylinders for coolant

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 6:06 AM
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  • acuracl2324
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Im not a motor guy. How do I do that without pulling off the head?

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 6:08 AM
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  • rasmataz
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Remove the all the sparkplugs and look for water/coolant in the cylinders

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 6:13 AM
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  • acuracl2324
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Oh alright sounds easy enough. Thanks. Ill let you know tomorrrow how it went. If all goes well, get new plugs and should it run like it did before all the trouble?

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 6:16 AM
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  • rasmataz
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Dunno yet till you check it-could be something else-let me know

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 6:43 AM
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  • acuracl2324
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Spark plugs were completely dry. And I wasnt able to even see into the cylinder to see if theres anything.

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 5:58 PM
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  • rasmataz
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See if you can turn the crankshaft pulley 2 revolution

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 AT 11:05 PM
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  • acuracl2324
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Well we just decided we are gonna put a new motor in the car. What is the easiest way to swap it? Pull it out from above? Or go from underneath? Trying to avoid pulling the tranny. We dont wanna have to deal with shift linkage problems. Everyone tells me that is there biggest problem.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 6:19 AM
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  • rasmataz
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Never done it with an Acura-My way is pull the engine from above

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 11:33 AM
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  • KHLow2008
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Which engine do you have?

I don't see any problem with the shift linkages as they are fit and clipped on.

I would normally drop the whole engine and transmission assy. Taking out trans does not required enginto ne removed but taking the engine out without removing the transmission would be a biger headache and you would most probably damage the transmission shift cable if the transmission is not supported well.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 2:16 PM

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