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    Drove through 3 feet of water, now my car won't start..

    Way home from work today, got caught in a rainstorm...It was raining so hard, I couldn't tell that the storm drains were backed up, and I drove through about 36 inches of water, and the engine stalled. It was still raining hard, and I was surrounded by water..I looked over at the passenger side, and there was about 5 inches of water on the floor, in front and back. Luckily, some people pushed me out of the water, and I called AAA. I bailed the water out of the car while I waited for the tow truck. When the tow truck lifted the front of the car, a bunch of water came out of the tail pipe...I had it towed to my house, and tried starting it after about an hour, and it turns over right away, but then it makes a disturbing "CLUNK" sound...So I spend the last couple of hours drying the carpet, and applying carpet cleaner. I called my insurance company, and the are sending out an adjuster to take a look...Meanwhille, I wonder if my engine is full of water, or if it might just need to dry off...

    Any Ideas? :???:

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    I have an idea, and it ryhmes with Hydro-lock. Wait, that WAS it.

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    OUCH - I can't find anything that ryhmes with HYDRO-LOCK damn it.

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    hrmmmm thats not good

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    that sucks dude...

    you can't compress water in the combustion chamber...

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    similar happened to me and the car ended up being totalled. the engine was shot. electrical was ruined since it is housed under the front seats...blah blah and so on.

    good luck...

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    Passat or Touareg?


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    '00 Passat 1.8...

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    Comfort Control Module is likely shot along with possibly hydro-locking your engine. I would just pray the insurance guy totals your car. Even if they fix the motor, you will likely be chacing electrical gremlins for life.

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    hydrostatic lock! you need a new engine, a few new electrical items, and a better sense of driving!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLAB
    hydrostatic lock! you need a new engine, a few new electrical items, and a better sense of driving!
    lol, that's awesome

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    Total loss, start parting out your aftermarket stuff before the insurance co. comes to get it.

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    this would make a sweet toureg commericial! lol

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    Yikes... Hydrolock it is...

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    Hey Slab-
    I've just fucked my engine, and by the way, I was behind a Ford F-350 Dually, and could not see the water level until the last minute. Added to the fact that there was a Cadillac plunging in right behind me, and I was under a bridge at the time, I really had no choice but to keep driving into the water...The guy in the Caddy got stuck too. I'm glad you find amusement in other people's misfortune..Hope that works out for you

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    Id check the CCM comfort control module, if that goes bad the car wont start, its located under the drivers seat carpet in a black box.

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    Yikes. That situation sucks. Grab what you can and go car shopping. Fortunately hydrolocks are a pretty clean way to a total, so the insurance shouldn't give you too much of a fight.

    If they don't want to total it, try to get the dealer to demand a complete new wiring harness and install to go with the new motor. That will certainly get you over the total amount.

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    Bummer dude! It's amazing how these situations can creep up on you. On the bright side, if you've got comprehensive insurance, you'll probably be getting yourself a new B5.5 in a week or two

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    Where was this high water so that other B5ers in the area can avoid it when lots of rain is about?

    It will almost definately be totaled.

    if you have any aftermarket stuff, I see the classifieds in your future.

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    i'm reminded of "risky business" when the tow truck guy says " so, who's the u-boat commander?"

    Sorry for your misfortune, but when things suck that bad it sometimes helps to laugh just to keep from crying.I hope everything works out o.k.

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    i dunno man.....if the fire hydrants and bus stop benches were underwater, i woudl probably stop dead in my tracks....


    so some pushy guy in a caddy was nudging you into the deep waters?


    it floods here too.....


    when i cant see the curbes, or there are missing shrubs or whatever, i stop compleately, a little bit pulled over to the side, hazzards on, and let the honking begin.....



    the others eventually go around me, and then i see exactly HOW deep the water is, and if otehr cars go through, i go ahead....


    but if the honda flipping me the bird FLOATS accross the intersection, i think about an alternate way home....


    just a few things to remember with your new car....

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    Thanks for all the imput..I am getting closer to the point where I can laugh about the whole situation. This whole thing happened in Iowa City, on the University of Iowa Campus, under a train bridge next to the English-Philosophy building...I have only had this car for 4 months, but it looks like I'll be spending time with the wonderful car salesmen in town very soon..

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    Weird that they'd total it. But I guess if most people here think that, then that's probably what they'll do. I just don't really understand how you ended up in such deep water

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    I hydrolocked my engine and my insurance company paid for it. i told them it flooded. U might try taking out all ur spark plugs and turning it over to see if water comes out. but my guess is u already broke the internals.

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    if it hits your cats, and it's hydrolocked as well (which is most likely what happened) your car will be totalled as a flood vehicle..

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    hydrostatic lock! you need a new engine, a few new electrical items, and a better sense of driving!
    when i sunk my car in three feet of water i was driving in an area that i didn't know. pouring rain, night time, and a road that had a dip that was full of water. eek!

    anyway...it isn't as easy as you would think to avoid a situation like this. i know from personal experience. when i realized i was in trouble it was waayyyyy too late. :weirdo:

    electrical fried and hydrolock city.

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    Ouote:anyway...it isn't as easy as you would think to avoid a situation like this. i know from personal experience. when i realized i was in trouble it was waayyyyy too late.


    Can I get a witness? very similar to what happened to me, because the road dips down in that area 3 or 4 feet, creating a area for the water to fill up, when the storm sewers were overwhelmed by the rainfall..It was like an optical illusion- What looked like a 4 inch deep puddle, was suddenly much deeper. When I realized this, my foreward momentum was taking me past the point of no return, at which point the engine stalled...Hindsight is 20/20, and this was a learning experience for me, without a doubt.

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    I don't even like puddles on my dirtbike, and from the 1000's of times I have sized up puddles, sometimes you just can't tell how deep they are. At least on a bike you have a fighting chance to loft the front wheel, nail the throttle and hope for the best With a car in your situation you are screwed :shock: Here is a tip that I have both witnessed/used to get across deep water when there is no other choice (offroading with a truck but I would be really hardpressed to use it with the Passat). If you must cross the water, do it in reverse and keep moving as fast as possible. This creates a "bow wave" or in this case a "rear wave" . This helps to keep the water out of your intake and ignition. Again use only in extreme dire circumstances.

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    Golly, reverse through, never thought of that.

    The general advice for running water would be that the only reason to drive through it would be that you are going to die where you are so you might as well drown there as here and at least you have a small chance of living this way.

    I know that wasn't the situation, I think you were just SOL, but it's still worth repeating that running water is a bad place to drive.

    I drove my 1983 Passat through 18" of water, it took a week to dry out, I found that removing the seats and carpets really isn't that hard. Once it was dry there was no permanent damage.

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    you might get the state to pay for some of it ( if its a state maintance road) if the storm drains were cloged tahts state maintance



    how were you so close to a ford f-150 that youd idnt know it was going threw three feet of water and not close enogh to hit him if he stoped?

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