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Old 02-19-2012, 08:51 AM
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2001 F250 7.3L wont start after stalling in muddy water.

I was having a little fun in the truck yesterday and ended up stalled in a deep puddle. My exhaust was full of water that I have drained, but the engine will not even turn over. I don't know a whole lot about diesel repair, but I am wondering if the starter is damaged from being submerged. I was under water up to the bottom of the doors, but it did not come into the truck.

It will not even crank right now. I turn the key and it just does one click like the starter is stuck. Dont know what it could be other than the starter at this point. I am not 100% sure my batteries did not get drained but I have not been able to even jump it. Its like its stuck.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:44 AM
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Have you taken a hammer to your starter while someone else cranks it?

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ya u might have injested water through the intake and hydrolocked the motor.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:18 AM
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Have you taken a hammer to your starter while someone else cranks it?

Yes, I did try this a little. the starter does jolt, but does not crank.

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ya u might have injested water through the intake and hydrolocked the motor.
What would I do for this then? Also, do you mean it maybe splashed up to the intake?

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Old 02-19-2012, 10:19 AM
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It does almost seem like the engine is hydro locked. What can I do.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:29 AM
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So I just pulled the air filter out and its soaked. ??
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Pull the valve covers , remove glow plugs and crank . Hope you didn't do more damage .
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Pull the valve covers , remove glow plugs and crank . Hope you didn't do more damage .
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when the motor stalled, it sucked water back into it and hydrolocked.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:58 AM
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ya if the filter is soaked then u have issues!!!! how fast was the motor spinng when u hit the water? u may have bent a couple of valves? diesels r pretty high compression motors and water does not compress. so if the motor was spinning fast theres a very good chance some damage occured. but yes, pulling the glowplugs and crancking it over is the easiest way to get all the water out. if it turns over smoothly and there r no knocking sounds u might b ok. but remember if u get it running again do an oil change immediately. and again after 100 miles. bearings don't like water. good luck!!!!
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:59 AM
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sounds like u might need a snorkel if u like smashing through puddles.... i know i like to!!!!
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