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Re: OT - waterlogged Mustang

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Bud Tierney

09-04-2014 22:29:22

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"Down into a stream"---go down into the stream where the car was and (if flowing conditions are same as when car was submerged) scoop up a couple bucketsfull of water---preferably with a CLEAN white inside finish bucket, and let them settle for a day or two...
What you"re looking for is the amount of fine silt in the water---the same"ll be in all the running gear that water got into...
With all due respect to Shadetree, if that stream was running any silt at all you"re looking at either a complete teardown to clean or gambling on excessive, possibly rapid, wear, as well as possible problems already mentioned...

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09-05-2014 10:29:53

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 Re: OT - waterlogged Mustang in reply to Bud Tierney, 09-04-2014 22:29:22  
Bud, you make a good point, and I guess everything is a gamble, but other than the electrical system, or maybe I should say, "electronics", I personally would chance flushing the engine and running gear, based on the experience that I had with the lawn and garden equipment. This stuff was in a flash flood, so you know how much silt and contaminants were in that water. I purchased 6hp shredder myself and wore it out without any problems from the flood. Other employees purchased tractors, mowers, etc. without problems. As I said, I will give you the point, and will admit that today's vehicles have more that can suffer damage than in older days, but still, you constantly see warnings about checking a vehicle for signs of flood damage, so obviously someone is cleaning them up and selling them.

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