What happens to a vehicle when it is submerged under water?

Asked by Sep 05, 2016 at 06:03 PM about the 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 4WD Extended Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I'm interested in buying a 2005 Ford F250 Pickup truck that looks like it has
been submerged under water. What damage should I be looking for?

4 Answers

94,985

Everything from the top on down, electronics will be shorted out so those will need to be replaced, water will start to pit bearings in just a day, two at the most, engine will need to be removed, disassembled then hot tanked, pitted components replaced, then reassembled, tranny will also need overhauled with all the pitted pieces replaced, same with the front and rear differentials including the axle bearings. Then there later on the corrosion will start to work on the wiring, there will be shorts, power losses, etc. Never buy a vehicle that has been flooded, aside from all of the work there will always be a smell that you can never get rid of. My advise is to just walk away.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
1,175

Hate to say it but that ford is junk. Stay away. I agree with tennisshoes.

47,735

If it is submerged in salt water just crush it cause it will not ever be the same. If it is submerged in fresh water and you immediately get all the water out, change all the fluids and dry out all the electrical stuff it might be saved. If it has been sitting for awhile I would avoid it.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
17,075

It has to be taken apart and cleaned, whole truck. Junk the interior. use CRC Electric contact cleaner on all parts like alternator, starter ect. You can drain the engine and fill it up with diesel fuel all the up and drain and do this a 3-4 times (if it had just clear water and not muddy water otherwise take it apart and clean it) Trans is harder to clean ans need to come out, basically just get it rebuilt. Pull dash and dry it and use contact cleaner here too. Brake cleaner on the brakes. Tank removal and drain and rinse. Check all connections on wiring harness contact clean them and use Dielectric grease on all those. Don't let it sit around and take a year to get to it it needs to be done now not later if you wait then its scrap.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

F-250 Super Duty

Looking for a Used F-250 Super Duty in your area?

CarGurus has 46,264 nationwide F-250 Super Duty listings starting at $1,450.

ZIP:

Search Ford F-250 Super Duty Questions

Ford F-250 Super Duty Experts

#1 Tracy Hooks
Tracy Hooks
Reputation 860
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 620
#3 kbro
kbro
Reputation 600
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-350 Super Duty
375 Great Deals out of 25,769 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford F-150
2,055 Great Deals out of 207,336 listings starting at $1,499
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
299 Great Deals out of 28,182 listings starting at $2,495
Used Dodge Ram 2500
143 Great Deals out of 5,157 listings starting at $1,499
Used GMC Sierra 2500HD
98 Great Deals out of 13,465 listings starting at $2,650
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,773 Great Deals out of 181,200 listings starting at $250
Used GMC Sierra 1500
761 Great Deals out of 69,125 listings starting at $1,850
Used Toyota Tundra
436 Great Deals out of 34,677 listings starting at $2,990
Used Dodge Ram 1500
411 Great Deals out of 10,833 listings starting at $1,400
Used Dodge Ram 3500
75 Great Deals out of 2,198 listings starting at $4,999
Used Ford F-450 Super Duty
38 Great Deals out of 2,594 listings starting at $5,800
Used Ford Mustang
541 Great Deals out of 45,846 listings starting at $1,999

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 29,584 listings starting at $23,617
2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 2,831 listings starting at $24,906
2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 2,106 listings starting at $15,900
2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 876 listings starting at $11,900
2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 864 listings starting at $11,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.