Q: Car died after going through deep puddles tried to restart and it wouldn’t.. couple hours later started up no problem?What’s wrong

asked by on August 27, 2017

Two nights ago I went out and drove my vw through heavy rain and it was fine. The next morning I was on my way to the store and it was raining and therewere multiple deep puddles on my street and suddenly about 5 minutes after my car started to get really bumpy and I drove onto the side of the road as my car began to slow down by itself and turned the car off. My car wouldn’t start. I came back to my car a few hours later and it turned on and I drove it home like nothing happened??? Is there something I have to go get replaced? ... this morning I go to turn it on and it’s all fine except since it’s still raining outside i used the windshield wipers and then my stereo started to act up and change from am to fm to cd to tape.. hope there’s no real harm! Thanks :)

My car has 135000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

When you ran through the water you may have sucked in some water into the air filter and MAF sensor and engine. This will cause the engine to stall and may even damage the engine if you suck large amounts of water into the engine. Since your engine runs you will need to check and replace the air filter for the engine. As far a the radio is concerned you may need to wait until electrical system gets dried out to see if problem corrects itself or there is wiring that got wet and needs to be dried out.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $70/hr

What others are asking

I have a 2000 toyota solara and when I'm driving it tends to have a grinding noise when the pedal is down but when I let go it stops sometimes at first it was doing it every now and then but it's doing it more often now, originally it was close to the wheel making me and everyone else I talked to think it's a wheel bearing but now it's moved closer to the transmission, and when I have someone look at it they can't hear anything, I need help soon because now I'm thinking it's more of a CV axle and it's pulling to right after having an alignment done, I don't want something that dangerous to break while I'm driving and end up in a ditch or another car

Leaking around rear view mirror 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid

This is actually pretty serious, because if rust starts and is concealed in the roof, that will be impossible to stop. Water can also ruin the headliner and cause it to sag. If, indeed, you are seeing a potential entry...

White smoke from exhaust cold start up

Hi There, Generally, a white or gray colored smoke is a sign of a potential blown head gasket. A blown head gasket can cause a bit of a vapor to be produced due to the coolant being leaked into the...

My car keeps dying after a jump

The problem sounds like the alternator stopped charging. The battery being dead may have overloaded the alternator since they are designed to maintain the battery and run the accessories, not recharge a battery and run all the accessories. I would...

Intake valve control solenoid

Hello - these 2 components mount on each cylinder head, and are partially visible at the "nose" (accessory belt end) of the engine. They use engine oil pressure to vary cam timing relative to the static cam/crankshaft timing relationship. Here...

The AC/heat blower fan - 1997 Dodge Avenger

Hey there. The most common failure where the fan only blows on high is the blower motor resistor. It is possible the blower motor switch is the culprit, and it can be replaced separate of the control module. Diagnosing...

Second opinion on a front lower control arm issue.

Hi there. I seriously doubt that both or either lower control arm is broken; if that was the case you wouldn't have been able to drive your vehicle to another shop for a second opinion. My best guess would be...

Rav4 sluggish to accelrate AND jerks at the point of selcting gear on attaining obver 30km/h

I would suggest checking the throttle position sensor as this is often times the problem with jerking and hesitation. The throttle position sensor monitors the position of your foot on the gas pedal and relays this info to the car's...

Grinding on back right of car when breaking

sent to CS Without knowing the year, make, or model of your vehicle, I can tell you that the symptoms you are experiencing are typical of a vehicle with extremely low brake friction material. I hope the technician explained to...

Related articles

What Does the Mass Airflow Sensor Do?
How How often does the mass airflow sensor need to be replaced? Mass airflow sensors (MAF) have no expiration date. They are not included on the manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance list of things to replace based on mileage, like spark plugs...
Can a Bad Sensor Prevent a Car From Starting?
If your car isn't starting or has a hard time starting, a faulty sensor may be to blame. Car sensors monitor data to keep your car running smoothly.
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
The The station wagon is making a big comeback with American car buyers. While SUVs are still popular, we’ve seen a lot more sales of compact SUVs, crossover utility vehicles, and sport wagons lately. Among those, the 2012 Volkwagen Jetta...