Q: Starts up and dies down after driving through rain

asked by on

Driving in the rain. Drove through a puddle (not deep but enough to splash up water) oil light and battery light came on about 5 minutes later while driving and the car died. It'll start after sitting for about 20minutes but then it chugs and dies. I try to give it gas but it doesn't rev up just keeps chugging until it won't start for another 20mins. It runs for maybe 1-5 minutes and cuts off. Electronics still works. I think it's the fuel pump because I cannot hear it come on.

My car has 209417 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hey there. There are several things that should be checked. You need to see if the air filter got soaked with water and replace it if it did. You may have burned out the mass air sensor if it got wet. Look at the serpentine belt to make sure it did not come off. You may have got the alternator submerged in water and shorted out. Have an expert, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose the stalling problem to see what fixes should be made.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Starts up and dies down after driving through rain

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: Vehicle started to overheat and shut off

Hey there. Are you certain the vehicle actually overheated? The gauge would have gone over to the red or H side and if bad enough, an overheating engine may expel very hot steam. The camshaft position sensor can fail and...

Q: When driving over puddle, water intrusion caused car to shut off

Hi there. If the engine sucked enough water into it to cause a rod to fail and go through the block then the engine will need to be replaced. As for he rest of the power train it will be...

Q: Exhaust smell coming though AC

Hello. I will help you with your question about a possible exhaust leak. There are a variety of odors you could be detecting. If the A/C system is operating, there can sometimes be some pretty strong odors due to the...

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...
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...
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.