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2001 grand am. Ran through standing water during downpour.

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2001 grand am. Ran through standing water during downpour. Engine immediately died (no noise). Now ignition just clicks &, of courses,won't start.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Hi there my name is ***** ***** can I be of assistance?

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

From the story you told, it sounds like you may have taken on water into the cylinders. This condition is known has hydro lock.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Have you done anything yet under the hood?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
There was water in the air cleaner chamber, but no moisture on plugs. "Security" light is on, but reboot procedure did not work.
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Did you try to start the vehicle with the plugs out?

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Refering to the reboot procedure, how was this done?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
The engine will not turn over-starter does not engage.
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

I can tell you how to bypass the starter relay if you like so you can verify the starter circuit is intact?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
OK
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

First you will need a small jumper about 2-3 inches long. Like a small wire.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Is this a 2.4L?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
OK again
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Is this a 2.4L?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
V6 won't k ow about displacement.
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

That's fine, give me a sec

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Auto or manual trans?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Automatic
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Ok, thanks. Have you tried shifting through the gears and then trying to start the car?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Are you able to try that now?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I won't be able to try that until tomorrow. I just hope the engine is not FUBAR!!
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Don't think it is. If that doesn't work, locate the starter relay. Take it out and jump the pins 87 to 30 on the car. The starter should crank

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I'm going to the car to try your tips. Do we still have an open conversation if this works or doesn't?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I tried shifting their the gears. Same thing-just clicked incentive-not like when a solenoid is bad, but a single click. There is no starter relay on this car-space 11 says not used. Neither of the fuse panels inside the car either.
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

If you have an assistant, you can try banging on the starter while trying to start the car. Don't hit it real hard. You are correct, there is not a relay.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

More than likely you have a bad starter. Your starter may have been shorted out internally when you went threw the water

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

If you no longer need help on this issue please rate me so I can close the ticket. Thank you!

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 7 months ago.

Thanks