2006 Saturn Vue HELP with flooded Car

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  • 2006 SATURN VUE

Engine Performance problem
2006 Saturn Vue 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 58,000 miles

My car was recently flooded up high pass the wheels alittle bit. However, I thought of bringing it to higher grounds and got in and drove it up hill. However it turned off on me. So I decided to blow dry it and it got back on with a clapping noise. After the flood, I went back to higher grounds and changed the oil, air filter, all 6 spark plugs and there was signed that there was water in air filter, oil and 6 spark plugs. AFter I changed that I turn on the enigne it would run but there is this awful clapping sound from the engine. I am afriad to drive it to further damage it. So I do not know what is going on with the car and how I should fix this myself. There is white smokes coming out of my muffler. When I change the oil it look kind of cofee brownish and had a little bit sign of water. PLEASE HELP THX

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Monday, January 18th, 2010 AT 9:45 PM

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If a lot of water got into the air filter area, then it's possible that enough water got into the cylinders and may have damaged the valves. The clapping noise could be the sound of bent valves hitting each other. The white smoke is the excess water burning out from the engine and exhust. I would have it towed to a shop. It may need a new cylinder head or valve job. Good luck

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