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Old 11-05-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Refurbish Flooded Element?

I live in Long Beach LI and my Element (Manual/2wd)
was flooded just just over the center cup holder. Besides rewiring, what other work would be needed to bring her back?

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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The flooding was during the high tide surge created by Sandy. So it was salt water.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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It's totaled. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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Restoring the engine would be a good start, EVERYTHING electrical would have to be replaced. If you're up to it like I would be, I'd do it all to save her. If not, then part her out and scrap it.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:48 AM   #5
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What ToyBox said. The car is totaled. Call your insurance company if you have full coverage and get yourself a check. If you have liability...good luck. There are going to be a TON of problems that will show up down the road. salt water is nasty stuff.

About the only way you can do this right is to completely gut the car to bare metal and restart with all new parts. You might be able to save the plastic parts, but anything with metal and electrical on it is pretty much screwed.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:10 AM   #6
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Sorry for your loss. Sandy took alot from people
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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Refurbished Flooded Element?

Thanks everyone. Also lost a 2006 Forester. But it took me a long time to find a manual shift Element with 2 wheel drive. Since it's got to be replaced fast I doubt I'll find one that quick. Never know though.

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Old 11-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #8
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Hate to see anything bad happen to a SOP. Are you a DIY, if so take the check from insurance and fix the vehicle. Shop/labor costs will probably total her. All four wheels, brakes,seals, lines. Determine if water got in trans/transfer case and engine. Air dry/compressor all wiring; do continuity tests. Lots of time consuming searches. Don't run the engine until you are sure the crankcase has no water. If the car was parked it is possible to drain the oil and refill with no damage. I have been through this with couple race cars I owned and had no insurance. Lots of time but all worked out well and wasn't that expensive. Good luck. SOP's rule.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:58 PM   #9
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here's a good overview of trying to rescue a flooded car - just know that unless you replace all the electronics, you may deal with electrical issues for the remaining life of the car:

http://updates.jalopnik.com/post/346...-a-flooded-car
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:41 PM   #10
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Hate to see anything bad happen to a SOP. Are you a DIY, if so take the check from insurance and fix the vehicle. Shop/labor costs will probably total her. All four wheels, brakes,seals, lines. Determine if water got in trans/transfer case and engine. Air dry/compressor all wiring; do continuity tests. Lots of time consuming searches. Don't run the engine until you are sure the crankcase has no water. If the car was parked it is possible to drain the oil and refill with no damage. I have been through this with couple race cars I owned and had no insurance. Lots of time but all worked out well and wasn't that expensive. Good luck. SOP's rule.
I think the key here is that is was flooded with saltwater and not freshwater...
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