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Old 11-25-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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Default 02 wrx flooded and wont start.

I have a 2002 subaru wrx which was flooded. I cleaned a bunch of connections from the salt as well as change my oil and transmission fluild and drained my fuel. My motor spins thorugh and it sounds like the car does want to start but never does. My car cranks but does not start.

I have checked for spark, for fuel delivery, checked the cam shaft senor as well as the crank sensor.

There is a werid pulsating feel and sound coming from a little circle filter type of thing above the fuel pump. I did my compression on a cold motor and there results were not too good.
Cylinder # 1 was 115
Cylinder # 2 was 120
Cylinder # 3 was 90
Cylinder # 4 was 120

What can be preventing my car from starting?
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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How high was the water? If it was in the interior the ECU is probably shot as it's under the passenger side floor. Along with the wiring harness and just about everything else that came in contact with the salt water.
Sorry but this car is probably not worth saving, if you didn't have insurance to cover the flood damage then just part out whatever is still good and buy another car.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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I cleaned the whole ecu. Beisides that I tryed a fully functioning ecu just to see if the car would start and the car still wouldnt start. All the connections in the interior i cleaned.

I just dont know why the car cranks and does not want to start.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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It's either fuel or spark. Figure that out first.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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Just FYI, car insurance is not like home owners, where you need a special policy. If you have comprehensive, you are covered for flood damage (though I suppose anything could be written into your specific contract).
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:03 AM   #6
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I checked my Spark plugs for spark and they spark. I checked the fuel line to the injector and it delivers fuel as well. I am pretty sure I have liability coverage. Would that somehow cover flood?
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:05 AM   #7
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Call your insurance company and find out.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:00 AM   #8
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I checked my Spark plugs for spark and they spark. I checked the fuel line to the injector and it delivers fuel as well. I am pretty sure I have liability coverage. Would that somehow cover flood?
If you have only liability, no.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:35 AM   #9
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Sounds like your motor is dying anyways. Call insurance and see what's up. I wouldn't invest anymore money into a flooded car if it were me.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:40 PM   #10
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My insurance said they do not cover my subaru. Im wondering if something can be preventing my car from starting.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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If it ran before the flood and doesn't run now, it's the salt water damage preventing it from starting. You may have cleaned what you can see, but the corrosion from the salt is pervasive and will creep into the harness destroying the wires.
I know it's not what you want to hear, but there is a good reason why all the Sandy flood cars are being totaled (and why in NY and probably other states they are required to be crushed after the insurance pays out).
If you really want to continue to screw with it, and the ECU is getting power, plug a scanner into the OBDII port and look at the live data. That may point to something. But IMO in the end you're wasting your time.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:54 PM   #12
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Flooded with salt water? The car is totaled... You might not think it is, and it might turn over, but the expiration date on that car has come due... Even if you do get it started, you will have electrical gremlins and corrosion issues forever.

Anyway, as someone else mentioned, fuel + spark = go! You are obviously missing one of the two. If you checked and verified spark, you are lacking fuel then. Try cranking it and have someone spray some starting fluid down the intake just to see if it fires. Long term fix? Rip out every strand of wire in the vehicle and start over.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:12 PM   #13
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Part out what you can on craigslist and scrap the rest. Buy a new car.
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