When you find that a flooded engine is your problem, don’t panic. Simply refer to the instructions in this article and get back on the road as quickly as possible – without any more trouble than necessary!
The first thing to do when dealing with a flood-damaged engine is shut off the car’s ignition. This will help prevent an even worse situation from happening by keeping fuel out of the cylinders while you remove what has already leaked in. After turning off the keys, it may be helpful at this point if someone can move their foot below one rear tire so that gravity doesn’t have its way and cause gas to stream down into other parts of your garage or driveway where it could ignite later on after sparks become involved somewhere else.
It’s always a good idea to take precautions in order to prevent the hot exhaust from coming into contact with nearby combustibles and causing them to catch fire or create an even bigger hazard than you had before. Get some old blankets, sheets, towels or other clothing that can be used as a buffer between the engine and whatever is around it.
Take off any floor mats so that they don’t get soaked along with everything else once water has been able sink down past your hoses and pipes by way of gravity – this will also help keep anything below insulated against loss of coolant and freezing up out of convenience during winter time when temperatures are lower outside. Next thing on your agenda should be getting all fluids (oil/gas/coolant) to a safe place so that they don’t get in contact with any of the areas where your engine is.
It’s also important to take this time and make sure that you’re not going to be under pressure when it comes down to restarting what should be, by now, a cold engine because there will probably still be remnants of gasoline or other fluids running through hoses for awhile longer until emptied via gravity – which means you’ll need as much capacity as possible once everything has been drained out from below. If fuel seems like its coming up then shutting off the gas line may do just enough good without having too many additional complications arise while trying to fix things back together again at home instead of on the side of the road.
The best thing to do next is use your owner’s manual to find a diagram for the engine compartment of the car you’re working on and locate where all hoses, pipes and wires are located so that you can start disconnecting them as soon as possible without running into any more problems than necessary – this will also give you more space in order to get at what needs repairing or replacing once everything has been taken off from below (remember: don’t forget about anything). Now with these things out of the way, it should be easier now when trying to back up onto ramps just enough for one rear tire while keeping in mind not too much pressure because fuel still may have an effect on how well your vehicle moves. It may help to get someone to assist you with this step if possible because of the weight so that things don’t end up going awry.
The last thing you want to do is hook everything back up and start your car without first checking for leaks or other problems. If there are any, then they will need more attention than what you might be able to provide out on the side of a road where it’s dark and still cold – in which case it may be best just to call roadside assistance from one company before moving forward with anything else (such as driving).