Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car stalled in high water

asked by on

My car got stuck in high water and stalled out. The battery turns on, but the car won't start.

Hopefully, its just the starter that is faulty. If the engine did suck in water it may be hydro-locked. You may remove the spark plugs and turn the engine over by hand to remove the water. Worst case scenario is that the engine could have been damaged trying to compress the water. Higher engine RPM’s can suck in water and may cause bent rods or a cracked block. The engine needs to be inspected and water evacuated from the cylinders. Then the mechanical condition of the engine needs to be assessed. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, who will be able to get water out of the combustion chambers and access the mechanical condition of the engine. Depending on your insurance coverage you may be able to get them to cover any recommended repairs.

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

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: Voltage regulator smoking after replacement.

Hello, You should check the integrity of the ground wire. If the rubber coating is melted it must be replaced. You should be sure that the alternator they gave you doesn't have a voltage regulator built in or attached to...

Q: Removal of driver's seat positioning switch plastic cover.

Hi there. The best way to remove the position switch on the seat is to remove the bracket it mounts to on the seat rail. The bracket should have two fasteners that secure it to the seat rail. Make sure...

Q: Having problems accelerating at high speeds causing jerking feeling...this happens when slightly pushing gas pedal

This problem of a slight jerk feel is what is known as a lean tip in surge. The cause can be an indication that the engine is running lean and may be caused by dirty injectors, throttle body, air filter,...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...