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

asked by on

My car has 107,000 miles. While it was raining during a storm, I drove over a puddle at about 25 mph and my car shut off. I had to have it towed to the dealership and they reported to me that it was water intrusion that had caused the car to quit. They also said that the rod had failed and had gone through the aluminum motor both times. The air breather that is positioned under the motor is what caused the water intrusion. They didn’t know about the powertrain. Should I insist that they check the powertrain?

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 hard to determine if there are any other issues until the engine is replaced since it cannot be driven.

Most of the time, the transmission will be fine after going through a large amount of water as long as the fluid is maintained.

If you’d like a second opinion on this, feel free to contact a certified mechanic who can diagnose the cause of the stall to confirm my suspicions. Good luck.

Was this answer helpful?
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. When driving over puddle, water intrusion caused car to shut off

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: Car is shaking a lot.

The vibration you are feeling while braking may be because of warped brake rotors. Brake rotors can warp when they are overheated from repeated hard stops. The rattling noise during acceleration may be due to a loose panel or heat...

Q: What could make a car stop running in the middle of driving it?

Hi there. From the description you provided, your vehicle stalling once, could of been caused by variety of reasons. A temporary glitch in any of the vehicle's systems that keep it running. Unfortunately, something like this would be very difficult...

Q: Car turns over, but won't keep running

Hello there. It sounds like there may have been something that happened when one of the fuses was checked. When checking the fuses, if any were removed and put back into the wrong spot, it may cause this sort of...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...