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Re: bad news
I hydrolocked the engine on my 86 4kq last year in a flood. Swimming wasn't
necessary. Insurance effectively totalled the car for about $2,000 and it
cost more than that to replace the engine with a good used one. Some of the
extra cost was to have the mechanic put lots of new parts on the engine
before it went into the car. New seals, hoses, water pump, idler pulley,
timing belt, alternator rebuild, and another starter. I also replaced the
clutch and a tranny mount while it was open. And I did the interior
clean-up myself. Took several days and all new underlayment/padding/sound
>>>>>> As for whether the car will survive, I'm afraid it's unlikely ... flood
>> damage to a car is like soft-tissue damage to a body. It's not immediately
>> obvious, is difficult to verify and often doesn't make itself known until
>> much later. I know if the car was mine, I'd insist upon the insurance
>> company totalling it then if I felt really, really lucky, I'd consider
>> it back from them as the basis for a race- or playcar project.
>When I hydrolocked my engine, and had a subsequent adjuster visit, he
>never even got past the interior before my car was totalled. I only
>took a pint or two on board (cut it out!), but he treated it as if it
>had been soaked and good.
>Labor to remove all interior, clean, dry, etc really adds up.
>82 Audi Coupe; 84 4kq; 85 Coupe GT; 73 F250