Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Pittsburgh & Texas
Free Car--Flood Damage--Fixable?
One of my Dad's patients today told him they have a Tracker like ours that they were going to junk, but instead offered to give us because they are good friends and my Dad knows I like to tinker with them.
The idea of a free car is cool, but the ability to learn and work on it is what I really want. On the drive over, I was wondering what could be so bad as to want to give away a car, that's a 2001 with 56k miles. I get there and it looked clean, not rusty, and the 2 tires needed a little air. I look inside and see a muddy interior to about the seats.
The owner comes out and said it sat in flood waters for just a few hours (3-4 hours from last years flood). They pulled the computer and it works in another vehicle. The wiring harness is shot as probably a lot of the other electrical components.
My main question is how do engines and trannys handle submersion in water? It didn't run a minute while under the water, and after pulling the dipstick I found no water inside. (The water wasn't even high enough to touch the engine, but you never know). The transmission is what I'm worried about, they have 3 other vehicles from the flood and 1 needed a tranny rebuild, is it possible for water to ruin a tranny? I figure if the engine and tranny are good I'll just have to worry about electrical problems.
I couldn't tell if it was a 4wd or 2wd but he insisted it was 4wd, and looked like the gutless I4 from our '96. It's a 4 door too.
CLIFFNOTES: I have a chance to get a free '01 tracker that needs some work, it's a flood vehicle but never reported so clean title. I have a deadline of this summer if I can do it so should I put it in my garage and dive in (no pun intended) or let it got to the scrap?
I know it needs a computer and wiring harness, found the throttle cable snapped so one of them too. I figure if I throw a couple junk yard/craigslist parts on it I'd have a cheap a$$ beater. I have a variety of neighborhood mechanics to help me for free so it's basically the idea of parts cost = if it goes on the road or not. My friend drives a flood vehicle and had electrical problems, but ran and passed inspection.