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Yesterday morning I was driving during a storm. Prior to

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Yesterday morning I was driving during a storm. Prior to pulling into a parking lot that had a small incline and a pool of water on the street, there was more water than I thought. After I drove through, my cat
JA: What year is your Storm?
Customer: My car stalled. I was able to turn it over after restarting and make it home...approx. 4 miles.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: When I tried to start it later, it wouldn't start. I'm wondering what could be the problem
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: It cranks but doesn't turn over. Not the battery because I have lights and windows work
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: I put Here into the gas tank, but that didn't work.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Hyundai
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

The first thing you need to do is check whether the air filter is wet from water entry into the airbox.

Can you do this please?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The car is a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. I meant to say earlier that I put Heet in the gas tank.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
let me check
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. It's not wet. If it was, with the temperature outside being in thevuppe
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry...temperature being in the upper 90s would it still be wet?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

Ok, that's a good sign.

Does there appear to be any moisture around the engine now?

What happens when you try to start the engine now?

Even if the temp is in the high 90s, the airbox would still be soaking wet if water went in there.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. No moisture around the engine. When I turn the key, it cranks but doesn't turn over.
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

Ok, you mean engine turns over (cranking), but doesn't fire up?

We now need to have the vehicle scanned for codes set, spark plugs removed for inspection to ensure the engine is ok, check for spark from the coils etc.

Hopefully the engine is ok, and this is only an electrical issue.

You will need to have the vehicle towed to a workshop, if this is too hard for you.


Expert:  Gary replied 12 months ago.

Hello again,

Have you had any success with your car problem?

I hope my advice has been of assistance to you.

Kind regards