Issues after driving through a puddle...
So the past couple days here in Monmouth County we've been having some rain and winds. It was supposed to be a nor' eastern or however it's spelled. And so I decided to take a trip to the local Walmart around 4 am today. On my way there I drove through a decent puddle. Which is weird because all my life this section of the road I was on has never had a puddle like this. And I didn't even see it. So immediately after going through it I thought "Oh crap"...and sure enough weirdness occurred. My exhaust note got louder, the traction control seemed to not be operating, and my car felt like it was down by a significant amount of torque. I limped it about 2 or 3 miles, shut it off at a traffic light, and then re-started it hoping that would fix it. All to no avail. I then went in to Walmart did my shopping and returned to the car hoping that maybe it just needed to sit for a while. Still had the same problems. And the back-firing that is normal on the SS has increased both in sound and the amount. So I looked under the hood. Nothing wet under there, all plug wires intact, all sensors connected, etc. Drove home and let it sit for about 12 hours until this evening. I thought it would have dried out if there were any moisture anywhere but the car is still driving the same. Here is the crazy thing tho. It idles fine, all the gauges read fine, the RPMs are still co-relating appropriately with MPH, etc. I looked again under the hood and everything is ok. WTF man?
I am almost 100% certain that no water got sucked in through the Vararam intake. If it did then I am sure it would not have made it past the filter and even then I'm sure that the MAF would have shut the engine down as soon as it was sensed. So I'm at a loss of ideas. Again, idle is fine, no CEL or service indicators, no water or visible moisture anywhere, gauges are correct, no hesitation...its just louder than normal, sounds almost like it has a lopey cam, the traction control seems to not be working, and it is backfiring like crazy. Evidence points to perhaps the spark plugs or the wires. So that is where I'm going to start. However if it were a spark plug or wire then I'm pretty sure it would affect the idle. Maybe some water got sucked into the HF cats somehow? I guess that is possible. Well, if any of you have any experience with this sort of incident then let me know please...thanks!!
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