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Camusdarrach's Maverick is quite poorly today, this is because late last night, we travelled back from wifeys granparents, on narrow country roads in pouring rain, and had to transverse a few sections of flooded roads, the worst being floodwater about 10 " deep.

Not a problem for me, keep the speed down, and progress through the standing water in first gear, but an idiot coming the other way went through doing at least 30mph, causing a large wave to come crashing over the Maverick's bonnet, the fan belt then started slipping badly, and all the electrical components died momenterally, although soon recovered, but since then the engine has been misfiring, the radiator cooling fans hve been constanty on ( like what happens when the temp of the coolant gets too high), very poor performance, and the check engine light has been flashing repeatably.
Today, I disconnected the battery to reset the light, and had a good crawl under the vehicle, cleaned out the oxygen sensor at the front of the exhaust, checked alternator etc, but still no joy.
Anybody any ideas, or should I sell the car asap??
 

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Hopefully you just got some water in the coil pack boots - it usually happens to the front bank. Take off the coil packs (the three black units that slip over the spark plugs) and check for water. If you find some, dry it out. If you sucked water into your engine, you will have to pull all the spark plugs and crank the engine to clear the water out. That would involve taking off the intake manifold to reach the rear bank.

I would not drive anywhere with a misfire - that unburned fuel could destroy your catalytic converters, and those cost a fortune to replace.
 

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Squishy said:
Hopefully you just got some water in the coil pack boots - it usually happens to the front bank. Take off the coil packs (the three black units that slip over the spark plugs) and check for water. If you find some, dry it out. If you sucked water into your engine, you will have to pull all the spark plugs and crank the engine to clear the water out. That would involve taking off the intake manifold to reach the rear bank.

I would not drive anywhere with a misfire - that unburned fuel could destroy your catalytic converters, and those cost a fortune to replace.
Thanks for that Squishy, will have a look ASAP, but I feel that the catalytic converter has died already, hmm ( going by the experience that I had with my old Subaru Impreza).

Thinking about it, it's unlikley that water entered the engine, as the air filter is bone dry, but the alternator was soaked through, and with the weather outside at the moment, it's unlikely that the car will have dried out yet :doh:
Will have to work out how to get a code displayed, to give me a head start on finding the problem
 

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Camus,

I hope that your issue is quickly (and inexpensively) resolved. :(
 

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That was my first thought too bud. I remember that my old Ford Escort was having a bad misfire problem and it was because of water hitting the plugs. The boots were cracked so the plugs were getting a little wet. Got new plugs and the issue was resolved!

The cooling fans though is another thing...anyone know what controls that?
 

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Camus,

Is your Maverick better today????
 

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UPDATE...........

Well, 1 week later, and the car has been transformed.

Had a word with my boss at work, and the company mechanic about what had happened, resulting in the Maverick being put in the depot building, over a pit, and the mechanic started to work his magic.
He likes a challenge, so he ended up stripping the engine down to it's block, to check what exactly had been affected, and to see how the cars engine was in general.
Although my car has just gone over the 100,000 mile mark, the pistons, cylinder head etc were noted to be in very good condition, although he put on a new head gasket, and checked the timing.
on rebuild, a new set of spark plugs, leads, oil change and replacement filters ( oil, air and fuel) were all added, along with new front brake pads, brake fluid change, radiator drained, checked and refilled with new coolant, and all hinges, locks etc lubricated.
In all, he did a full service, and health check on the car, and was quite suprised on how good the car was mechanically, as he had just finished working on an 02 plate Ford Mondeo 2.0 Zetec, owned by a fellow coach driver, which was in pretty bad shape mechanically, even though it had only covered 55'000 miles, but the cars service history was patchy, hmm just goes to show that a good service history pays off in the long run..

And the total cost of all this, well, as it was done by the works mechanic, labour charge was free, I only ended up paying for the spark plugs, filters, brake pads, and leads, which when done by ordering the parts on our company's account with a local parts factor, enabled me to obtain a 50% discount, in all, the total amount came to £98.75, not bad to say it was in the depot for 4 days...
 

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And I must thank all you guys that have offered help, and advice, it was very much appreciated. :thumb:
 

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camusdarrach said:
UPDATE...........

Well, 1 week later, and the car has been transformed.

Had a word with my boss at work, and the company mechanic about what had happened, resulting in the Maverick being put in the depot building, over a pit, and the mechanic started to work his magic.
He likes a challenge, so he ended up stripping the engine down to it's block, to check what exactly had been affected, and to see how the cars engine was in general.
Although my car has just gone over the 100,000 mile mark, the pistons, cylinder head etc were noted to be in very good condition, although he put on a new head gasket, and checked the timing.
on rebuild, a new set of spark plugs, leads, oil change and replacement filters ( oil, air and fuel) were all added, along with new front brake pads, brake fluid change, radiator drained, checked and refilled with new coolant, and all hinges, locks etc lubricated.
In all, he did a full service, and health check on the car, and was quite suprised on how good the car was mechanically, as he had just finished working on an 02 plate Ford Mondeo 2.0 Zetec, owned by a fellow coach driver, which was in pretty bad shape mechanically, even though it had only covered 55'000 miles, but the cars service history was patchy, hmm just goes to show that a good service history pays off in the long run..

And the total cost of all this, well, as it was done by the works mechanic, labour charge was free, I only ended up paying for the spark plugs, filters, brake pads, and leads, which when done by ordering the parts on our company's account with a local parts factor, enabled me to obtain a 50% discount, in all, the total amount came to £98.75, not bad to say it was in the depot for 4 days...
Camus,

Glad your Maverick is well again!!! :thumb: :clap: :thumb: :rockon:
 

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"Maverick missing" i hope you got insurance. :bang: :wave: :wave: :wave:
 

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arbs said:
and i thought for a minute that my maverick was soon gonna be even rarer in the uk lol
Hah B****Y hah, not yet Arbs, I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere for some spare parts :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Congratulations on your Maverick, receiving a clean bill of health there Camus. :) :thumb: :beer: :happy:
 
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