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Couple issues after my Subaru was submerged in water
Hello guys, I have used this site a lot to help with my problems but with this current one I'd like to try to narrow it down a bit.
I got my 2000 Subaru Outback stuck in water about 10 days ago.
Overall twice now while driving the CEL comes on, or pulses, car rattles when stopped, and acceleration is very poor, foot to the floor until about 35mph. Though between the first time and second time this happened I drove it about 1 1/2 hours and it drove very very well.
Other problem is sometimes, 3 times now, the car won't start within a hour of turning it off. Starter goes, battery is well. Starter fluid worked once to get it going.
I know this could be a million different things so here is a description of my experience the past 10 days, if anyone wants to read it it may clear some things up and give you a better idea of what I'm working with.
-Got it submerged about 1 1/2 feet or so in water, probably about 3 inches of water leaked onto the floor. Engine was NOT submerged.
-Got it out about 1 1/2 hours later and drained front end and back end, would not start, left it.
-Came back 20 hours later, started a bit but made horrible noises and would not idle, towed it out of there.
-Almost 2 days later we started it, was running well, lots of steam coming off around engine at first, and out the tailpipe. Drove it, cleaned it real well inside and underneath.
-Drove well for 2 days, then in the middle of the 2nd day it wouldn't start after being off for an hour. Battery good, starter was going well, just not firing. Came back a couple hours later with starter fluid, worked after a few tries. Drove it hard for a hour or so to heat things up.
-Started fine next day, but that night I stopped at the store and same starting problem. Starter fluid would not work. Left it at store.
-Came back in the morning and started fine, no starter fluid (notice the starting problem only happens within a hour or so of turning car off)
-Drove well, two days later car starts having bad acceleration, like not enough fuel is getting to engine, and shakes when I'm stopped in neutral. Sounds like it's going to stall when stopped but never does, real slow acceleration with pedal to the floor, once around 35 or so it picks up but I never go passed 3rd or 4th gear without car slowing down.
-Took out fuel filter (thought at the time I could clean it out without having to buy one) Emptied it out, kinda dark looking fuel. Went to start it but had the starting problem again so I couldn't tell if that worked for the shaking/accelerating problem.
-A day later it starts fine and runs beautifully, later that night I took it out and seemed to be running better than I ever remember, real smooth, fast, etc. This made me believe pouring out the dirty gas from my filter worked.
-Now today, started fine, was driving well until about 5 minutes in started rattling and having poor acceleration again, exactly the same as before. Drove it around like this and seemed to get a little better sometimes but is still driving bad. I figured an explanation for why this happened again could be because my fuel tank has crap in it that is getting into the filter, since it ran well after dumping out contents in filter, so I put high octane gas in and emptied filter again, but acceleration is still just as poor after doing this.
I'm not very car savy but I'm beginning to learn. Seems to me the rattling is a problem of fuel getting to engine, and that the starting is probably electrical (hence the randomness of usually starting but sometimes not)
I was planning on taking out my fuel injectors to see how they look tomorrow and maybe I'll be able to see inside the fuel tank a bit if things are dirty in there.
Any feedback or advice is much appreciated in advance!