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Cadillac sts: My 2000 Cadillac stalled in a creek a week ago

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My 2000 Cadillac stalled in a creek a week ago and i can't get it to start it just clicks charged battery what do i need to do to figure. it out

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If the engine died while going through high water and now won't crank then there was most likely water ingested into the engine. Water isn't compressible and if it gets sucked in through the air intake it will cause the engine to hydrolock.


Start by using a socket and ratchet or breaker bar on the crank damper bolt and see if the engine will turn by hand. If it won't turn by hand then you can remove the spark plugs and that will most likely allow it to turn again. You can turn it by hand to expel most of the water and then crank the starter, put the spark plugs back in and see if it will start and how it runs. Since water doesn't compress it will usually damage the engine if it hydrolocks, so you would most likely have some internal engine noise when it is running again. At the least it usually bends the rods.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I let it set for a few days to dry out and the water wasn't deep just mad big spash but it did stall car wasn't. under wateri try it thanks any other suggestions
If the engine won't crank after going through water and dying then the first thing you need to do is use a ratchet on the crank damper and see if the engine will turn. A big splash is certainly enough to draw water into the engine through the air intake.

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