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My 2 month old Rubicon sat 10 feet underwater for 5 days during the SE Texas Harvey flood. Washed with clean water and blower dried it well. Drained all fluids and fuel, turned it over with spark plug out to remove water with lubricant dryer spray. All new filters, fluids and fuel. New battery and she fired right up. Now I need help with the transmission not shifting right. I assume the electronics are wet or fried. Any help would be appreciated. BTW- Honda shop said they would have to totally rebuild everything for $5000...
 

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DCT Rubicon?
 

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did you have insurance on it?
if so, I'd go that route
and another reason to have it to those that don't
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if not, any electrical item you can remove I would, and I'd place it in ziplock bags of dry rice for a few days, it will suck moisture out of things, then get some good electronic cleaner and spray the crap out of all things? it can remove thin film your eye's won;'t see(don';t spray in your eye's however it stings LOL)

I would also be doing a second or third oil/filter change FAST as odds are under that much water that long. she ingested a lot of crap that didn;t come out on a one flush/change alone
I feel for you that must SUCK big time to have all that water damage to all things
best of luck to you
 

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I guess your next thread will be how to build an 11ft tall snorkel? Lol

The ECM controls the shifts and is a sealed unit, I would just unplug all the connectors in the entire machine and start cleaning them out well, look for any signs of corrosion.


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Should have had the insurance- lessons learned. Great tips, I just didn't know quite where to start. All help sure appreciated.
 

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Should have had the insurance- lessons learned. Great tips, I just didn't know quite where to start. All help sure appreciated.
I'm in Houston myself, and we didn't flood, so if you're looking for a helping hand, I'll be happy to help you out as much as I can. I have a bunch of tools, and all the metric tools so I'd be happy to help in any way I can.
 

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Drop the oil at last 3 times as water in the torque converter takes awhile to flush, is your dash blinking, I would remove the shift motor and front cover to remove any trapped water fairly easy job. Then give it another shot.


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Drop the oil at last 3 times as water in the torque converter takes awhile to flush, is your dash blinking, I would remove the shift motor and front cover to remove any trapped water fairly easy job. Then give it another shot.


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His is a Rubicon, not a Rincon. But I still agree with these guys on multiple flushes. But there is no torque converter in any of the Rubicons.
 
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Should have had the insurance- lessons learned. Great tips, I just didn't know quite where to start. All help sure appreciated.
I'm in Houston myself, and we didn't flood, so if you're looking for a helping hand, I'll be happy to help you out as much as I can. I have a bunch of tools, and all the metric tools so I'd be happy to help in any way I can.
^^^^Top man right there ^^^^

Good on you RLP
 

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Should have had the insurance- lessons learned. Great tips, I just didn't know quite where to start. All help sure appreciated.
I'm in Houston myself, and we didn't flood, so if you're looking for a helping hand, I'll be happy to help you out as much as I can. I have a bunch of tools, and all the metric tools so I'd be happy to help in any way I can.
^^^^Top man right there ^^^^

Good on you RLP

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Every plug that is not a weather proof needs to come apart, clean and dielectric grease. All the hand controls, switches and sensors same thing. Didn't you have insurance? Problem with flooded vehicles is problems start months down the line

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Wait a minute here!! You have insurance you just don't know it.. You have to be smarter than the next guy.. You have car insurance don't you?? Well take your car and smash into it.. BOOM Covered!! Thank me later!!
 

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Wait a minute here!! You have insurance you just don't know it.. You have to be smarter than the next guy.. You have car insurance don't you?? Well take your car and smash into it.. BOOM Covered!! Thank me later!!
illegal activities are frowned on around here, please do not suggest as such, not a smart thing to say or do here.
 

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Its only illegal if you get caught!!
and your suggesting this on an open forum, please don't give this advise here, this is not allowed be any means.
 

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Even though you may not have flood insurance on your home, you may be entitled to coverage on personal property such as the ATV under a homeowners policy varies widely by companies, but worth exploring...
 

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Electrical components in rice can work but the method we used off shore when under water solenoids went bad was to submerge the item in a bucket of mineral spirits. It pushes the water out. I had an old air cooled YZ 250 that lost spark one time. I submerged the stator overnight and bright spark the next day. It worked for years. The guy that bought it from me called about 15 or 20 years later and said it lost spark and what did I think was the problem. I told him what I did and I guess it worked again because he never called me back.
 

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I was going to say- you MIGHT be able to claim in on your homeowner's insurance if it was in your garage when it got flooded. It might be a long shot, but I think it's worth it to ask the question at least.

The mineral spirits suggestion is a great one for the electrical stuff too. That's relatively inexpensive and worth a try too.
 
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