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    Hi Guys

    Advice please... My 2003 Pajero diesel was drowned up to roof level in the recent Cape floods. It was standing idle at the time with the battery disconnected. What needs doing (apart from cleaning - everything covered in silt!).
    Eg. Air cleaner, oil, fuel??

    Eish!

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    Sad news!
    Insurance?
    Write off, IMHO
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    Just don't swing the engine. Play safe and first remove the glow plugs.

    At least all filters and oils.
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    The water-logged wiring harnesses would be my main concern.

    Claim from insurance, buy the wreck and break for parts.
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    IMHO, write it off - to the roof ensures everything is well soaked.

    Any and all electronics will give you sh1t forever...contacts and wires will corrode and you will end up replacing every component in that car.

    I have worked on half drowned vehicles who were victims of poor boat launching, it was always a nightmare. Water gets in everywhere, the salts and fine mud wreak havoc with moving and electric parts.

    Best of luck!

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    If you crank it you're done, it's gonna be in Hydro lock (water inside motor) Follow jfh advice, remove Glo plugs and or injectors (spark plugs if it's a gasser)
    Crank it over little-by-little until all cylinders are empty. Drain oil pan and replace filters.
    Take out carpets and leave doors and hood open in the sun for a month!.... While praying.

    If however, your vehicle was sitting on idle during the flooding and shut down by itself it's possible that the damage is already done when water entered the intake.

    I live in a disaster area on the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane's are a threat every year for a couple of months.
    100 mph winds are common (that 160 km/h) with storm surge, like you guys are experiencing now.
    Be prepared for a major insurance premium hike.

    I am feeling sorry for everybody who suffered damage and or loss of life during this time, natural disasters like this is uncommon to your country.

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    Yoh
    You guys are war mongers


    First check if the engine is free of water. And there is no reason why it would have water ingress into the engine

    Then see if it starts.. and selects a gear

    If it starts, turn it off and change all the oils.

    Then treat it as a car that had its insides soaked.
    The insurance could help you fix that
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    I will not crank it before the oil is drained (and water). New filter and oil. Then you can can remove the Injectors and get the water out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    Yoh
    You guys are war mongers


    First check if the engine is free of water. And there is no reason why it would have water ingress into the engine

    Then see if it starts.. and selects a gear

    If it starts, turn it off and change all the oils.

    Then treat it as a car that had its insides soaked.
    The insurance could help you fix that
    Are you saying there is no reason why it should get water into engine,
    well water will get in via the intake and the open valves into pistons, also up open exhorts valves, water can get into gearbox via breather pipe and engine breather pipe
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    The water-logged wiring harnesses would be my main concern.

    Claim from insurance, buy the wreck and break for parts.
    I agree, write it off and start over. You dont really want to fix this car. It will drive you crazy in the future. Buy the salvage if you feel up to it and strip for spares.
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    Hi Guys

    Thanks very much for all the comprehensive advice and info.

    It is fully insured, and it was fresh water.

    Unfortunately, it had a new sub assembly only 70000km ago, so it would/should have been good for many more miles... Also recently replaced all the relays etc. To get the 4wd working again - R25k job....

    Any, if insurance offers to write iff, i will probably accept that.

    Thanks again for the replies; very interesting...

    Sounds like a huge project to save her - pity!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Sampson View Post
    Hi Guys

    Thanks very much for all the comprehensive advice and info.

    It is fully insured, and it was fresh water.

    Unfortunately, it had a new sub assembly only 70000km ago, so it would/should have been good for many more miles... Also recently replaced all the relays etc. To get the 4wd working again - R25k job....

    Any, if insurance offers to write iff, i will probably accept that.

    Thanks again for the replies; very interesting...

    Sounds like a huge project to save her - pity!!


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    So sad about your Paj...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Sampson View Post
    Hi Guys

    Advice please... My 2003 Pajero diesel was drowned up to roof level in the recent Cape floods. It was standing idle at the time with the battery disconnected. What needs doing (apart from cleaning - everything covered in silt!).
    Eg. Air cleaner, oil, fuel??

    Eish!

    Thanks
    Alan Sampson
    If you do any form of work on the vehicle, even recovering it off the beach or wherever it was, the insurance will use it as an excuse and will deny all liability. They want to assess first. Idiots.

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    My son is a game ranger and during a flood one of the Toyotas ended up being submerged to top of doors for 3 days. They dragged it out and towed to onsite workshop. Mechanic did a clean and the darn thing started with no issue! Everyone was quite surprised that no major work was required.
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    please keep us updated?

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    Does insurance have it?

    If I may ask, if they did, what did you settle for?
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