Accident Clean-up Question from Michael Cunningham

Submitted on 20/01/2009

I live in Mobile, Alabama and have a low milage (36000 miles) 2wd Toyota Tacoma truck, I was run off a road into a flooded ditch and took several hours before being towed out. The engine, transmission and rear end were all submerged in muddy water for several hours. I had to replace the starter (shorted out) and drained the engine, transmission and rear end fluids. They all had water in them. I got the engine running but the automatic transmission will not go into gear. Is there anything I can do to flush out the trans or anything special I need to consider to do to restore this low milage transmission? Your help will be greatly appreciated Model: 1999 Toyota Tacoma ext cab PreRunner

Dear Michael,

We don't get involved in that sort of thing. Most of the flood jobs we do are joint efforts with a dealership. It would be up to them to make sure the vehicle is roadworthy and working right. Our part normally involves the interior, we strip it out, clean it, decontaminate, disinfect, dry it... deal with odours etc. The most we might do is replace some of the electrical control units, but even then, we have these checked out at the dealership and reset.

I'm sorry I can't help but that sort of thing is really a job for a mechanic.

Danny

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