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Old 06-14-2010, 11:41 PM
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my 05 dodge with a 4.7 was caught in a flash flood. the water only went up to running boards but the truck cut out immediatly. had it pushed it to safety and let it sit over night. next day checked the air filter and it was wet.checked the engine oil and tranny fluid and both seemed fine( it was not milky or at a high level). just wondering what i should do to get it going. hope it was just a sensor that got wet. already called insurance and am covered but would prefer to be able to get truck running on my own.any suggestions.
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Aside from a multitude of things that could go wrong with too much water, there is also the little matter of axles and the potential of water leaking past the seals. In a 'flood' situation, especially if you have insurance coverage, I would highly recommend that you get it to a Dodge dealer and have them go through 'Everything'. It may not sound like much of a deal, but if it sat in the water for any length of time, there are a couple of dozen 'must do' preventative things that 'should' be done proactively.

Also the delarship has diagnostic equipment that can get the information of why, on an engine that won't start. That's a whole lot better...and safer....than any speculative trial and error system. You've paid for the insurance, got the coverage, this would be a good time to reap some of the benefits!
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I would agree with Brad on this one!! get it to the dealership checked out and go from there...if its not your penny paying for it what do you have to lose!

Aside from that, up to the running boards?? seems a little low for it to cause an problem with operation..not like water would be getting up into the exhaust either? there is a chance is sucked in water, as the filter was wet, this would not be good, but the water level doesn't seem like it was high enough to cause that problem
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does the engine even turn over?

If not, then theres two possible things I can think of:

1. Water got sucked in through the intake and its now hydro locked. Pull the plugs on and check that out.

2. Water connected the positive lead on the starter with a ground and shorted something out.

Hopefully its nothing big though.

My grandfather had a beautiful IROC Camaro when he lived in the keys. But, he evacuated and there it sat in the garage. Water rose up right to the very bottom of the fuse box (the car sits low) and shorted every wire out in that car, killed it on the spot.

Water is a very very destructive substance.
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some of the water could have be close enough to your radiator fan to be picked up & wet everything under the hood, it could be almost anything if that happened
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well the truck was totaled but i had full coverage. good news i went and picked up a 2003 ram 1500 quad cab long bed with the 5.9 360 laramie 4x4. Oy its one bad truck wo i guess everything worked out awesome.
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I thought it was gonna go that way . Most of the time , down the road , you will start to develop issues related to the flood . I saw a brand new 2009 Vette convertible with 80 miles on it total out due to flood damage . I saw it at an insurance auction web site . That would of been worth buying and totally disassembling and do a complete rebuild on it .
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Sound like one of those cases where the insurance did what it's supposed to do...get you back on the road with a vehicle that you like. Congrats on the model upgrade. I think you'll find the small loss in MPG is worth the extra get up and go too!

Glad things worked out for you.
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