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Crosssing rivers / floodwaters

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Hi all, I was recently flooded in, the only road in or out was swamped with water. Got talking with a local farmer on a quad bike ('d like to shout him a couple of beers) who knew the lay of the land and escorted me where the road was. Brave guy on a low clearance quad! Managed in first gear all the way through, took it really slow so my air intake (stock '04) didn't get flooded. Water was REALLY high up but I managed to get across. I knew I'd pay a price, but I had to get to work 😕 Water + car = all sort of bad.

 

After a few days, I started the car and now there's a whining which occurs not when the engine is idling (smooth as silk), but when I drive. Anyone had this issue after braving high waters? I'm thinking it's the timing / accessory belts that are the issue? 

 

Advice appreciated from someone whose done stupid things like this in water.

 

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Does it change with RPM? Might have drowned the idler bearing on the pulley thing on one of the accessory belts. You'll know the one when you look at the front of the motor. You can get a replacement for the complete pulley, including the bearing, for like $40 at Repco off the top of my head. I'd give you the part number but I literally got rid of the box last week after doing mine several years ago.

 

EDIT: It's actually pretty hard to drown a stock one of these motors... the snorkus thing has a couple of strategically placed holes that are there to stop it slurping water up. If you keep RPM low and therefore airflow low you would have to be most of the way up the headlights before it took a big ol drink.

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Thanks Boon, water was alarmingly high to the point you mentioned. There was no convenient place to stop or find higher ground at the time :P

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