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VE SS went through floodwater

Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by jamiemsg1993, Feb 10, 2020.

  1. jamiemsg1993

    jamiemsg1993 New Member

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    Hey guys, my dad went through floodwater (3am in morning pissing down rain so couldnt see a thing) the water was upto about 200mm under the window, stalled in 2nd gear
    after about 10minutes he got it started again didnt sound to good and wouldnt move, after getting himself out of car out of the water after 20minutes or so the car drifted back about 100m or so where the water wasnt as deep.
    we got it back home on a towtruck, but just curious what steps could we take to see if we can get it running, pretty sure its hydrolocked, we know theres water in the engine.
    We were gonna start with pulling the plugs out dumping the oil turning the engine over by the pulley couple times and filling her back up with oil put in new plugs and see how she goes, is there anything else that should be done?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Hey it's just luck your dad is still here
    Floodwaters, driving blind, underwater stalling darkness etc etc.
    The best thing you can do is drain the engine and maybe even the trans
    But the car is gonna smell like a pond when it begins to dry out.
    All the carpet and underfelt will have to be chucked out
    Not to mention the electrics
    If it aint got a snorkel then forget it
    Even then it's dicey
    The rescue guys really love you guys
    I reckon yous have a big job ahead of you.
    The insurance company will most probably write her off
    It's insured right?
     
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    Don't waste your time cleaning and drying it. It is a write-off, and don't let others tell you that it is not.
    From first hand experience of my daughter's VS in the Newcastle 'Pasha Bulka' storm, she had to leave it where it was parked, water came about 100mm above the door lower sill line.
    The NRMA insurance 'fixed' it.
    Front seats were put back missing bolts, console was broken pulling it out and not replaced, carpets were dried and put back in, looked crap.
    Auto transmission failed 3 months later, numerous electrical problems started as the car got older, and eventually failed rego inspection due to rust in all the lower door hinges.
     
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    Yup it is a write off!
     
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    The fkn fukers fuked.

    Just be glad your Dad is safe.

    Time to join the insurer's claim queue.
     
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    all goods thanks for the help guys
    and nop its not insured lol
     
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    Just book it down to experience and insure the next car. Your father should have known better
     
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    Bugger.
     
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    Consider your luck running into water, rather than somebody's new, very expensive car.
    So, the probability of you drying, cleaning it and getting it running, then flogging it off is very high ?
     
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    Seal up all the window, door etc cracks and put some fish inside and finish the job off.
     
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    Trans will probably have a strawberry milkshake inside. Hydrolocked means dirt is inside the cyls. Commodore and flood doesn't mix. I have driven through floods with water lapping at my bonnet no snorkel but it was a Jeep. I pulled the carpet out and karchered it and hung it on the fence to dry.
     
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    get insurance, drive it into a river.
     
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    Then hand yourself to the police for insurance fraud.
    Get a criminal record for life.
     
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    it's only a fraud if you get caught!
     
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    wetwork65 A wet business

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    Yeah - getting caught by doing something like posting the details and mode of failure on a public forum!
     
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    Cut your losses and buy another car. Sell as flood damaged on eBay and forget it ever happened.
     
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