Water in engine


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elmiller1004
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Water in engine

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Trying to start 1986 Aspencade the inlet at air cleaner caught fire. In an attempt to put out the fire the manifold going into the engine was filled with water. Is the bike a total loss? If not how do I get the water out of the engine? Thank you for any information and assistance.



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pull the plugs and hit the starter.


drain the oil and chg the filter.....
if there is water in the oil, you have bigger problems.... maybe just a bad oil/water pump
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Re: Water in engine

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If that was fresh oil it's doubtful you got enough water past the piston rings to bother the oil any. I'd just leave it.

But as stated, hit the starter button after taking out the sparkplugs. Any water in the cylinders will come flying out the sparkplug holes.
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Thank you very much. I'll try it and hopefully I have not created the worlds heaviest paperweight.

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Re: Water in engine

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Hopefully, this helps. I am an outdoor power equipment technician, so I work on generators and pumps etc. Many times have I had a pump come into the shop that fell through the ice on a pond or got submerged during heavy rain. Even in those cases, you are not going to be in too bad shape. Drain the oil, remove filters, and spark plugs. Also drain carburetors. Then spray a whole crap ton of WD40 into the cylinders and into the crankcase. Fill with oil, crank it over a bit to get all that WD40 moving around. That is actually what WD40 is for, water displacement, so it works like a charm. Then change the oil again, allow fuel into the carbs, install plugs, fire it up, wait until warm, then do a hot oil change. This is extreme and probably not even necessary in your instance, but just saying that even when a machine has been completely submerged, it will be ok so long as it hasn't rusted the internals.

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Thank you very much I will try it and let you know how it goes.

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Re: Water in engine

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The main problem with submerged vehicles is electrical. Connectors will corrode, and electrical connections become intermittent as time goes on. This is why you never want to buy a flood-damaged car: modern cars have thousands and thousands of electrical connectors, and you will be plagued with random, untraceable mystery problems as the connectors corrode over time.

Older bikes are less susceptible mainly because they have less electrical connectors, they are larger and more robust, and are easier to service if required.

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Re: Water in engine

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Like they said, REMOVE SPARK PLUGS FIRST … then turn it over.


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