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Old 28 May 2004, 02:03 pm
Stephen Bory
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Default Newbie car trouble

So I know almost nothing about cars. Last night I got caught in some
flash floods. I went through a puddle that was a little deeper than I
thought. The check engine light is blinking and the car feels like it
wants to stall out. The car is a '98 Honda Civic EX. I called the
dealer and they told me to just drive it through the weekend and it
should draw the moisture out itself. What's wrong with my car and do
I take the dealer's advice? Thanks in advance,

Steve
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Old 28 May 2004, 03:16 pm
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Stephen Bory wrote:
> So I know almost nothing about cars. Last night I got caught in some
> flash floods. I went through a puddle that was a little deeper than I
> thought. The check engine light is blinking and the car feels like it
> wants to stall out. The car is a '98 Honda Civic EX. I called the
> dealer and they told me to just drive it through the weekend and it
> should draw the moisture out itself. What's wrong with my car and do
> I take the dealer's advice? Thanks in advance,
>
> Steve


============
Steve,

At least open your air filter box to see if there's any 'standing
water'. If the filter element is wet, blow it out with an air hose and
dry in the sun for several hours. If it's dirty and wet, replace it. If
it's just dirty, replace it too. :-)
Distributor cap may have moisture inside. It will cause misfire / engine
light. You can unscrew it and dry it inside with Kleenex.
Read your owner's manual and check all the fluid levels too while you're
under the hood.


There, you're a mechanic. :-) 'Curly'

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Old 28 May 2004, 04:12 pm
The HondaNewbie
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Yep Stephen

I agree with 'Curly' you can check most of the stuff under the hood before
going to a dealer and just get ripped off for a small work

Just a suggestion from a Newbie like you.

HN

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> Stephen Bory wrote:
> > So I know almost nothing about cars. Last night I got caught in some
> > flash floods. I went through a puddle that was a little deeper than I
> > thought. The check engine light is blinking and the car feels like it
> > wants to stall out. The car is a '98 Honda Civic EX. I called the
> > dealer and they told me to just drive it through the weekend and it
> > should draw the moisture out itself. What's wrong with my car and do
> > I take the dealer's advice? Thanks in advance,
> >
> > Steve

>
> ============
> Steve,
>
> At least open your air filter box to see if there's any 'standing
> water'. If the filter element is wet, blow it out with an air hose and
> dry in the sun for several hours. If it's dirty and wet, replace it. If
> it's just dirty, replace it too. :-)
> Distributor cap may have moisture inside. It will cause misfire / engine
> light. You can unscrew it and dry it inside with Kleenex.
> Read your owner's manual and check all the fluid levels too while you're
> under the hood.
>
>
> There, you're a mechanic. :-) 'Curly'
>



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