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Old 06-15-2011, 01:25 PM
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Well I finally got the truck that I have been wanting for years. A 96 silver single cab 4x4 with a 360. I took damn good care of this truck because I finally found one that was still in good shape. I drove it for 8 months with no problems whatsoever.
Then, my and my fiance went to our buddy's house that's pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. To get to his house, there are a few dry or almost dry creek crossings. We had driven on the same road 3 days in a row before this day, and 12 hours before "it" happened, the water was barely flowing and didn't even go halfway up my wheels. It rained a little that night, but not very much.
The next day, the water was up a little more, but it didn't worry me at all. So I put it in 4 high and started through. We were almost to the other side, and the bottom of the road dropped out. Completely. Before I knew it, water was coming over the hood and I immediately turned the motor off. We climbed out the back sliding glass and gtfo of there and walked to my buddys house, soaking wet.
The first pic is about an hour after she sank...




Then it got dark pretty damn fast and it made the recovery that much harder.



The truck that pulled me out was a single cab 2500HD 4x4, and it had one hell of a time gettin my truck to budge, but finally after 2 broken tow straps, it was back on dry land. I drained the oil immediately, which was of course full of water. And, to top all this off, someone cut my fill neck to my gas tank and stole the 1 or 2 gallons I had left in it. Thanks alot...

All this happened back in the middle of March and I haven't been able to do much to it since. I'm pretty sure the tranny still has some water in it. So, is it completely screwed now? I've let all the electronics dry out and the battery's been disconnected since it got out of the creek.

Where should I start with fixing it back up? I know the tranny comes first, but I don't want to throw a bunch of money at it trying to fix it, only to find out it's toast. Any advice is appreciated. (sorry about the long post...)

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Old 06-15-2011, 01:29 PM
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I'd change all the fluids (engine, diffs, trans, radiator), clean and inspect the primary power connections (at the battery, ground, starter and computer), put new gas in it and start it up.

You may also want to check the wheel bearings and maybe repack them with new grease.
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do you think my trans might be toast since it's had some water in it?
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Nope...not unless you put a lot of miles on it with the water in it. If it's just been sitting, it is probably recoverable.

There may be an external transmission control module with a wiring harness attached to it that might need to be replaced but you won't be able to tell that until you drive it.

Good luck!
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oooh that really suxs dude and i agree with maddog check all components and make sure there is no corroding in the connections and as for your tranny im not sure on that part but there will be others chime in to help you out
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Dang that sucks. I thought hail was bad. The two above said all I would have said. Good luck! Keep us posted on the progress.
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That definitely sucks man, really sorry to see this! Looks like you're getting some good advice and very smart, too, to shut it off as soon as you did. Good luck and keep us posted!

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WOW! That is a real shame man, sorry that had to happen.
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dang bro...that really sucks. but hey, i believe its very much recoverable.
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Be sure to check if there is any water in the torque converter. Many people forget that part.
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