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    Exclamation Water Sucked into S3 Engine

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    Last Thursday whilst driving my S3 to work in the rain I hit a puddle at the side of the road and water was sucked into the engine causing catastophic damage to the engine. I'm going to need a replacment S3 engine to get it back on the road. Can anyone help with sourcing a reconditioned engine?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated because I want to see my motor back on the road.

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    Have a look in the classifieds mate

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    how was it sucked in from a puddle? fecking big puddle?

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    check in the for sale section. ideally, you should check what damage has been done as it could be cheaper to replace parts of the engine depending what's damaged.do you have a cold air intake?

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    I was completely shocked when the garage told me, it wasn't a big puddle at all. the damage is going to be properly assessed by the insurance approved garage today. Will see what it needs then. Is this a design fault of the S3?

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    What happened after you drove through the puddle?
    How was the engine?

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    The air intakes were just standard fitted, Paradox1 is there a way I can stop this in the future?

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    You would be very unfortunate to have this happen, get a second opinion...maybe bent a rod? what state of tune is it in? where was your air filter?

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    Driven through around 18-20 inches of water in my a3 and never had a problem, I know this doesn't help, but it does beg the question: When does a puddle become a lake/pond? There was an engine in the classified section last week, which might be worth a look.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CLSmooth View Post
    The air intakes were just standard fitted, Paradox1 is there a way I can stop this in the future?
    Don't drive through really deep water, really fast

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    are you sure you've hydrolocked your engine?? standard airfilter set up there is no way water could get in there. and it would take alot of water to do so. and a bloody deep puddle, and you'd have to be WOT through it too

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    Are your wheel liners intact?

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    There was no response with the accelerator so I thought it had stalled, went to restart because I was on a 60mph road with no luck. The EPC warning light (triangle with circular arrow around) was on an did not go off. Had to be recovered by RAC. Mechanics that I use had a look and said the crank was not turning in the engine (suspected crank had snapped or piston into valves?)
    Not good news at all!!

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    Or cambelt snapped...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLSmooth View Post
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    There was no response with the accelerator so I thought it had stalled, went to restart because I was on a 60mph road with no luck. The EPC warning light (triangle with circular arrow around) was on an did not go off. Had to be recovered by RAC. Mechanics that I use had a look and said the crank was not turning in the engine (suspected crank had snapped or piston into valves?)
    Not good news at all!!
    Take the spark plugs out and see what comes out of the holes.
    If its hydrolocked then you'll be getting a nice amount of water out.
    If not, then something else happened.

    I assume you hit this puddle at about 60mph?

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    sounds fishy to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superkarl View Post
    sounds fishy to me?
    Especially if it was a pond...
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkarl View Post
    sounds fishy to me?
    There's a time and a plaice for these jokes, and this thread isn't it.


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    Yeah roughly, just accelerating after turning a corner. I'll see what the garage finds and if there's water in there.

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    yeah they were/are

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    I would put this down to timing belt snapping or you have ran the s3 low on oil and sized the bottom end. I had a bent conrod in my old GTI6 and boy did it make some noise wen it went! Massive back fire and the whole engine just locked up!

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    Although its a pun given the circumstances, it DOES "sound fishy"

    The air intake snorkel is mounted up high, at the top edge of the grille. Getting water in there would require some pretty drastic wading with water coming in the doors...

    Or as someone suggested above, hitting the "puddle" fast enough to create a bow wave up the front of the car. But even that, would require a puddle to be higher than the lower edge of the front bumper, yet the OP says it wasnt a deep puddle...

    Makes no sense to me.

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    the cambelt was 2 months old because I changed it when the car got to 80k miles

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    Check the airfilter see if there is a blockage or if its wet through, if you see a trout in there, your up the river without a paddle,,,

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    there was no noise or fire here at all temp levels were good too. oil level was good because i check it monthly. really odd all round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLSmooth View Post
    there was no noise or fire here at all temp levels were good too. oil level was good because i check it monthly. really odd all round.
    Fire would not have been a problem by the sounds of it.....

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    It really wasn't deep at all that's why I was totally shocked that this was the outcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    Although its a pun given the circumstances, it DOES "sound fishy"

    The air intake snorkel is mounted up high, at the top edge of the grille. Getting water in there would require some pretty drastic wading with water coming in the doors...

    Or as someone suggested above, hitting the "puddle" fast enough to create a bow wave up the front of the car. But even that, would require a puddle to be higher than the lower edge of the front bumper, yet the OP says it wasnt a deep puddle...

    Makes no sense to me.

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    I could have just rolled it back into the puddle if it was on fire!

    Quote Originally Posted by s3dave View Post
    Fire would not have been a problem by the sounds of it.....

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    Get to the car and check the air filter for wetness, remove plugs and turn engine over by hand and see if water comes out of the spark plugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLSmooth View Post
    I could have just rolled it back into the puddle if it was on fire!
    Then any fish in there would have been steam cooked. WIN WIN.

    In all seriousness, I think it would help if you haddocklue what was up. Do you know the mechanic, or is it just the nearest garage?


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    sorry, unless you poured a gallon of water into the air intake it would have been fine, coming from a motorcycle enduro background i know for a fact water simply makes engines stall if it gets inside the cylinder

    i really think the puddle had nothing to do with your problem or you are having now

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    your getting flooded with replies here. but, it just sounds fishy.
    i dont see how this cod have happened. what plaice have you taken your car to?
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    I know the mechanic and he said it was water. I had to contact insurance in order to get a courtesy car and they have to use an approved garage who I don't know. They may just say it's a right off?! It's too tidy to scrap though...

    Quote Originally Posted by Reesy View Post
    Then any fish in there would have been steam cooked. WIN WIN.

    In all seriousness, I think it would help if you haddocklue what was up. Do you know the mechanic, or is it just the nearest garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLSmooth View Post
    I know the mechanic and he said it was water. I had to contact insurance in order to get a courtesy car and they have to use an approved garage who I don't know. They may just say it's a right off?! It's too tidy to scrap though...
    Thats because they know that they could mackerel easy money out of your motor mate, and they would be squids in. Tell them you don't want it written off, although it shouldn't go that far anyway, as engines for these cars can be got for reasonably cheap money.


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    As I'm not a mechanic myself I have to go on the response from the experts. The mechanic I go to only deals with high performance cars so I have to trust him somewhat.

    Quote Originally Posted by colicabcadam View Post
    sorry, unless you poured a gallon of water into the air intake it would have been fine, coming from a motorcycle enduro background i know for a fact water simply makes engines stall if it gets inside the cylinder

    i really think the puddle had nothing to do with your problem or you are having now

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    I'll hope to red snapper one up then and be having a whale of time in the S3 again sometime!

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    Thats because they know that they could mackerel easy money out of your motor mate, and they would be squids in. Tell them you don't want it written off, although it shouldn't go that far anyway, as engines for these cars can be got for reasonably cheap money.

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    is the garage a car tuna? or just an everyday mechanics?

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    I'd be surprised if the sole reason for this problem was the taking in of water, also was your s3 tuna'd?


 

 
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