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    I think I killed it

    I was driving in a rainy day, and ran through a fairly deep puddle (deep enough to slow the car from 60 to 20 VERY quickly)

    The car is whining and and squeaking like mad.

    It doesnt do it when its stopped, but the faster it goes the worst it gets.

    I HOPE since it happened due to weather that my insurance people will cover it.

    I'm guessing I just ate a diff.
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    its like pouring cold water on hot metal. it causes some serious problems. if your entire front end went into a huge puddle, there is too huge a number of things that can go wrong it all of the hot car parts are hit with cold water. could be brakes, wheel bearings, belts, hoses, the list is too long.

    i have worked in auto claims for 3+ years, but i have never had a puddle claim while driving, i have had some car floods, but the cars were parked.

    sorry man, that sucks. file a claim, worst thing that can happen is that you have no coverage, but if there is, your insurance company will probably find you at fault for driving at unsafe speed for weather conditions.
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    Thats a piece of bad luck, something similar happened to me a few years back. Hit a big puddle, thought i'd get thru it.
    Car died in the middle of it, had to push it out.

    Car wouldn't start, lots of lights staying on. Eventually got the car home, left it for a day to dry out.
    Lucy enough it started the next day. Sprayed WD40 on any moving parts and squealing went. Hope you get your car sorted.

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    It was dark out, and the whole highway had a shallow sheen of water over it, so I really didnt think anything of the spot that I hit.

    Its not the engine I know that much. The engine is fine, it goes into gear fine (albeit the clutch slips a bit now) BUT when it moves its loud as hell.
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    Have you had a good look underneath the car, was anything
    damaged or moved, mad as it sounds hitting water at speed
    can be like hitting something solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murt View Post
    Have you had a good look underneath the car, was anything
    damaged or moved, mad as it sounds hitting water at speed
    can be like hitting something solid.
    ^^^What he said.

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    Good news: part of the problem was the black plastic wheel well.

    Bad news: the power steering sounds mighty pissed off, but that is FAAAAAAAAAAR better then having a bad... anything dealing with this things drive train.
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    So your Scubie lives after all
    Fix the plastic back in place.
    Take the wheel off ans use cable ties if you have some.
    As for the power steering is it the belt thats damaged or is it low on fluid.
    Belt change isn't a big job.
    Last edited by Murt; 09-08-2010 at 02:01 PM.

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    You sure its not the belt going to the power steering?
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    spray a fine mist of water onto the belt and see if the noise disappears...Are you lacking steering assist at all? How many miles are on the car? Does it make the noise all the time? Whether your in gear or not, idle and cruise, hot and cold etc etc etc...???

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