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Old 06-20-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Misfire caused by water

I was flushing something and flooded spark plug holes with water. Will the water go away on it's own or do I have to take stuff apart and blow the water out?

I'm hot and tired and my hands are sore, I really do not want to take anything else apart today. If the water will cook away in relatively short order, I'll ignore it.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:47 PM   #2
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Personally I'd try and remove the water. Access isn't really that hard.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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I hope the spark plugs were installed? I would not start the car with standing water in the plug wells, but I bet if you leave your hood open in the sun it will dry out on its own fairly quickly. Otherwise I would hit it with some compressed air.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:19 PM   #4
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Personally I'd try and remove the water. Access isn't really that hard.
It's not that hard on my BMW, but I have another car with a similar spark plug configuration -- plugs at the bottom of a hole in the head and have very deep boots to make the connections. I'm still hot and tired and my hands are sore, and I rewared my hard work with some MGDs.

I'm gonna wait to see if the water dries up from the heat. I can fix it on Saturday if I need to.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #5
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The engine heat can take care of that pretty fast, I wouldn't leave the water
sitting though, because it can cause rust on the coilboot contacts.
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