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I did it, can't beleive it, but I submerged my Honda today. Have drained all water out, referenced manual and I need to take it to the shop. It will not start. The Honda shop here doesn't open again till Tuesday. Will it be ok to wait till Tuesday to take it, or do I need to find an open shop? Thanks:confused:
 

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Did water get into the oil? Hate to ask but it is insured? Had a friend submerge a new outboard with similar results to yours - Insurance fixed it (and probably cancelled him). These days, as complicated as these motors are, old fixes like Marvelous Mystery oil into the pistons might do more harm than good.

Fresh water submersion is bad, salt water immersion is really bad, if it got into the block. Who knows what it did to the electronics - hopefully Hondas are very resistant to that.

If it was completely swamped, is fairly new and valuable, than it needs to go the dealer.

Good luck!

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No water in oil...thank God

No no water in the oil, but just because it is only 5 and has been meticoulously taken care, it's going to the dealer...On tuesday! Soon enough?:appl:
 

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If the oil looks at all creamy tonight or tomorrow, I would change it and save the old oil for the mechanic to see. You might save the crank bearings and the mechanic will have an idea of how bad any block damage might (or not) be. (Sounds like you are going to be OK on this point).

You confirmed that there is no water in the cylinders? Popping the plugs can verify that - you want to avoid a hydo-lock.

I partially submerged an old 2-stroke Yamaha recently. Primary damage was in the starter Ground cable. It corroded up in a fantastically fast time and caused the starter to quit.

Hopefully your issue is a minor water related electrical problem. If you can get contact cleaner, it wont hurt to spray the various electric connections to sweat out any water. Anything to stop future annoying gremlins. Who knows, it might start tomorrow when it dries out. (Did you spray the motor down with a CRC type spray to displace water?)

It will help your mechanic if you can tell him how high up the motor that water got. Stuff below the water line will need to be looked at, stuff above - not so much.

Let us know how it turns out.

As always, I defer to the more experienced posters on this board.

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ooohhh bad. make sure that you drain complete! also make sure you pull the air filter and pull the tube to the turbo as you can see when you look at it how it can and will fill with water. pull plugs cycle engine and change oil. Good Idea to use a hair dryer to help get ride of the moisture in the engine compartment and electrical connections. Go slow and check over well.
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Take it to the dealer, it takes about 3 or 4 oil changes to get the water out of the oil/block. i submerged mine as well a few weeks ago. Be careful and NEVER try to start it if you think it has water in the cylinders. The starter on these is strong enough to turn the crank even when hydro-locked, thus resulting in breaking or bending a rod, or bending valves, breaking valve springs, ect. Not worth risking a "cheap fix" and doing it yourself if you don't have the equipment or expertise. Mine has run fine since, no problems at all, just $500 bill at the dealer for the work. Gotta pay to play.
 

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Ok, newbie question, so don't kill me, but....

What does one do in order to actually submerge the craft. I can understand flipping it, but how do you sink one?
It takes some talent to sink one... and they don't actually sink to the point they are completely underwater, but basically the engine bay will fill with water after you roll it enough times or are in rough enough water that its constantly "diving" through waves. Ya gotta ride it hard to make any of this happen, or leave the drain plugs out. Mine was caused by a cross threaded drain plug allowing water to leak in, didn't seal up, and took a very long time floating in the water to let enough water leak in that it got to the air intake and sucked water into the motor, the seat was still out of water, but most of the hull was submerged. Note: it was not me riding it, i let my sisters boyfriend ride it and this is what happens. It took 10 months to get to the bottom of all of the problems, no joke, its at the dealership now, they replaced the wiring harness which shorted out and caused the coil fuse to blow every time you ride it. Thats from it getting wet and submerged and corroding.
 

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OK, makes sense. Thanks for the heads-up.

I've already gotten into the habit of make sure the drain plugs are in before putting in the water.
Yeah, i am the only person that ever put smine in the water, or takes it out, and i make sure the drain plugs are in every time too. I believe what happened was i left the drain plugs out after taking it out of the water (normal), someone was in the garage before me that day, and thought they would "help" by putting the drain plugs in for me, and in the process cross threaded the plug. When i checked them they were already in, but one was unknowingly cross threaded and not sealed properly.

Its a good habit if you are out and riding all day to beach it once or twice so the drain plugs are out of the water, and let them drain. If its smooth water and you don't roll it, shouldn't be a problem, but then again... That means you aren't riding it hard enough! haha.
 
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