E46 - Flood - Stall Out - Problem?

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  1. DumbAss

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    My ex-mother in law has a 2001 BMW 330i. She was in San Antonio when the storm went through, and ended up driving through 8 inches of water. She said that car stalled out. I am not at the car now, but she said the starter is whirring, but sounds like its not engaging.

    Would the starter be the most likely thing to go out due to water?
     
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    i would assume an electrical problem more than anything mechanical. there's so much electronics in the e46 its ridiculous.
     
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    If the starter is whirring[not sure what that means] then its making a sound indicating its getting power. Have her turn the key and listen into the engine.DONT TURN IT OVER(key to the highest point without turning the engine on) If your hear a subtle click, then your good.

    I've never delt with hydro lock so I dont know if the motor would still be able to turn. If it is able to turn then Im sure u have water in the cylinder. If thats the case dont turn the car over anymore. Water doesnt compress!

    If it doesn't sound like its even doing that, then ignition might be somehow shorted or some other electirical problem. Again, I've never driven through water higher then normal water on roads.

    Troubleshoot. Give us more info.:)
     
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    Atleast the damage wasn't permanent. Reasently a buddy of mine hydrolocked his focus and destroyed his engine.

    What have we learned people? Avoid water higher then a puddle. Even puddles are bad because hot rotors and cool water causes major break warpage. Thats another thread completely though.
     
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    She had it towed to the shop before I could even get on my motorcycle to go down there. Turns out it was hydrolock, but because she only tried to start it once, they were able to clear the water, and the car is running again. The car needs a tune up, along with some other shit she has fucked up since the divorce, but car is atleast running again.
     
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    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    I'm still trying to understand how 8 inches of water hydrolocks a 330 :ugh:
     
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    I was trying to find the same thing. My ex-wife and my ex-mother-in-law are not the smartest people.

    From reports I have it was more like 14 inches.
     
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    The air intake sits good 3 feet up, it's very odd.
     
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    Thats exactly what I was thinking when she called and told me what had happened.

    She said that the mechanic thinks that it was when the car hit the water, it caused the water to splash into the intake when the car nose dived.
     

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