Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car not starting after submersion

asked by on

My car is malfunctioning due to a partial submersion in water six months ago. The car will not start.

Hi your car will need extensive disassembly due to the car being submerged six months ago. The parts will need to be set out to dry or be replaced. The electrical components will need to be blown out with compressed air. I would recommend having a professional mechanic give your vehicle a comprehensive inspection to see what repairs need to be made to start the car again.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car not starting after submersion

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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My 2001 Lincoln Continental starts but doesn't drive. I checked transmission fluid and practically was empty.

Hello. From what you are explaining it sounds like the transmission is failing. If the fluid was that low then that can cause damage to the transmission. I would have the car checked out by a transmission specialist.

Q: Battery is dead

It is possible that the weird noise you heard was either the serpentine belt coming apart, or the alternator failing. Either way, I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic, so they can come to your...

Q: Is it my motor mount

Hello. Unfortunately a bad engine mount will not cause this. Most of the time this is caused by a bad crankshaft position sensor or a failing fuel pump. Most of the time when it just cuts off like this it...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.