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Guys I would appreciate as quick of a response as possible, but last night I was wheeling with my bud and we checked out some water before we tried to cross it and from the looks it wasn't deep at all, so we decided to go through it. I had been through this area before when it was dry so I knew there wasn't any holes or deep ruts, but I put it in 4lo and started to cross the water and all of a sudden the front end dips down and water splashed over the hood so I floored it trying to get out, and my back end got stuck. The engine was at least 90% out of the water but water started coming through the doors and the back end was in about 4 feet of water. I'm freaking out because we were alone, but we called everyone we knew and finally got an F150 and an F250 to come help tow me out. In the middle of being pulled out, the back end (which i had to dig a huge hole just to hook the chain on) was out of the water and the chain came loose from the F250's hitch and the front end of the truck sunk into the hole partially. We finally got the truck out (I made sure to put it in neutral and shifted the 4wd to neutral as well before being pulled). We looked under the hood and for the most part the engine was dry, but the intake had a little bit of water in it, and the filter was slightly damp. We left it overnight to dry but I have to go back out today to try and start it. Is there any advice you guys can give me at all, whether it be starting it or more things to look at before I try to turn it over, I would greatly appreciate it. Oh, and I DID NOT try to start it back up in the water once it cut off in the water. I'm shaking as I post this I just don't know what's gonna happen...
 

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Is it in a place where you can drain the oil and replace it? That's what i would be doing for one

Also remove the intake and throttle body, check inside

Not an expert on this but these would be my first areas to check
 

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not an expert either but I will so good job on not starting it after getting it wet. That's the first mistake people make and then they get all kinds of shortages and electrical gremlins that haunt them forever.

so kudos for thinking that far.

good advice above too
 

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I'm in the national forest in Tallahassee, and I have extremely limited tools with me so I don't think I can change the oil or clean the throttle body sadly. I'm really starting to worry now that I think of all the things that could potentially be 'effed up
 

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I'm in the national forest in Tallahassee, and I have extremely limited tools with me so I don't think I can change the oil or clean the throttle body sadly. I'm really starting to worry now that I think of all the things that could potentially be 'effed up
all you need for the intake and throttle body is a socket and wrench and a flat head screw driver.

but if you don't have that then is there a way you can get it towed home and keep letting it sit? until you get it somewhere you can keep drying it out and look over it real well?
 

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We had to take some moderate trails to get back to this point so there's no way I could get towed out of there. But at the moment I'm not even home in Tampa, I'm up at FSU going to school. If I was I'd own up and tell my dad what the situation was so he could come help and let him beat my ass later. How hard is the throttle body to remove? Bbecause I don't want to be able to take it out then screw up and not put it back in right.
 

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Check your oil level. Is there is a significant amount of water in the crankcase it will show up on your dipstick as over filled. If this isn't the case you should be fine until you can do a change. If that is the case the water will be at the bottom of the oil pan. You can drain most of it out by pulling the plug for a few seconds. This should keep your engine safe until you can do an oil change. Also I would give the oil a visual inspection after a couple of miles. If it is milky and brown change ASAP.

Also as the others said check the intake for water as well and dry if nessesary.

Good luck:smiley_thumbs_up:
 

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Throttle body? Intake? No.

Open the oil pan plug, the water will be in the bottom of the pan. When it starts flowing oil, close it up. Take all the plugs out and spin the motor over a few times. Close it up and see if it will start.

DO NOT TRY TO START IT WITHOUT DOING THIS.
 

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Throttle body? Intake? No.

Open the oil pan plug, the water will be in the bottom of the pan. When it starts flowing oil, close it up. Take all the plugs out and spin the motor over a few times. Close it up and see if it will start.

DO NOT TRY TO START IT WITHOUT DOING THIS.
Rep for removing plugs... Water in the combustion chamber can lead to a dangerously high compression ratio as the water fails to compress and in effect reduces the combustion chamber size till its evacuated. Not purging the chambers can lead to blown head gaskets, cracked rings, all kindsa bad juju
 

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Are there other plugs other than the oil plug I need to pull? And what do you mean by spin the motor a couple of times?
 

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And can I open the plugs without an oil wrench?
 

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-Remove spark plugs and disconnect coil wire, turn key over*
-drain oil plugs
-dry intake*
-check oil level for water*
Sound about right?
 

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And can I open the plugs without an oil wrench?
It sounds like you may need some help.

Drain plug on the oil pan needs to be slowly removed to let any water out of the pan. Do not drop it in the muck.

Spark plugs (8) need to be removed to let any water out of the cylinders.

Water does not compress, and you will bend at least one connecting rod in the motor if you do not do this.

when you have them out, bump the motor over with the starter. It will not start without the spark plugs in.

Put the Spark plugs back in and try to start it.
 

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Yes I do need help, thank you guys so much for all the advice. I just pray that after I do all this it'll start and run
 

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I don't mean this in a rude way at all, just a friendly suggestion for the next time. I would educate yourself on a few of these basic things before going off roading, invest in a small tool kit to keep in the truck as well. Unfortunately these things do happen when you start going out and having fun.

But these things being suggested require just basic tools and aren't hard to learn, you can look it all up online step by step. Luckily you avoided the most common mistake people do and tried to start it so you still have a shot at avoiding any serious damage.

Goodluck with it all!
 
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And I do have a tool kit in the truck along with the chains that pulled me out, I think I'll be able to get this stuff done cause I change spark plugs on my jet ski all the time and it's not difficult at all
 

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Hey everyone have their mess ups. Good move on your part by not starting the truck, people always do that and end up causing endless headaches and problems. You will just need some simple tools that you could pick up at home depot, walmart or any other store. The work is quite simple and just take the time to double check everything to make sure it is all good. If you remove the throttle body, it is very simple to do and takes a few minutes to do.

Just take your time doing everything and do not try rushing it, and you and your truck will come out all good.
 
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