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#1 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 10:49 AM
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possible water damage??

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Yesterday I drove my 320d home in torrential rain. When I turned up a side street the water coming down the street was really bad. The car stuttered , but got me through the stream, and then promptly died. It wouldn't turn over (no warning lights on the dash, everything normal), so I called my dad for a tow home. While waiting for him I tried it a few times, and it actually caught once, then died again.

We got home, and I left it to dry out in the garage. After about an hour it caught and held, but it didn't sound happy. I left it running, hoping it would burn off any water that got into the exhaust, and after a while (a cloud of water vapour emanating from the exhaust), it started running smoothly.

I hoped that would be the end of it, but I am still worried, because this morning (starting it cold), it took a few seconds before it ran smoothly. I drove it to work, and experienced no problems, but starting it after work it did the same as this morning. When it's hot it goes normally, but...

If anyone can tell me whether I should be worried or patient I would really appreciate it.

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Update:

This morning it caught on fine. I'm still going to replace all the filters and oil too this weekend. Still... Any comments or previous experience of the same?
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Is there any sign of water having made it into your air filter box or beyond?


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I honestly cannot tell.

It ran smoothly these past two days. I guess what I want to know (cursing my inexperience and lack of knowledge) is would it run smoothly with damage to the diesel injectors or the turbo?
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Normally if you get water into a diesel engine you'll know about it (one way or another). If it has come good then maybe you just got one of the external electronic sensors wet, and its dried out now. Keep your fingers crossed and maybe don't wind it up too much for another few days.


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Saturday I took it to a BMW mechanic. I had the oil, oil filter, air filter and enjin breather replaced. The mechanic told me he could not find any trace of water making it to the filter. He also assured me that if water did make it into the enjin, I would know about it.

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Job done. If nothing else the engine is all serviced now. Good luck with it from here.


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