Hurricane Ike--- Deep Water Taurus Questions
For those that watch the news, we in Houston had a bit of a storm recently. I drove my 2003 Ford Taurus SE, with the standard V-6 (Automatic with A/C) through about 18 inches of water several times.
Generally, I know how to cross deep water. I had a nice bow wave, drove slow, followed the vehicle in front to gauge the depth, and did just fine. I checked the air filter, it was bone dry, let it idle for a while to dry the engine bay, ran the A/C to dry the bit of carpet that got wet when I got out, and I was golden. Until my way home.
I just didn't see the water. It wasn't that deep, only about 6 inches, but I hit it at a full clip (about 45 mph). I immediately let the water slow my speed to the appropriate water crossing speed, but it began to sputter while still in the water. My taurus was not, and is not happy. It has now sputtered for two days. I put 90 % alcohol in the tank to absorb water, and ran that tank nearly dry. Then I changed the fuel filter, put in 93 octane, with an octane booster, and it still sputters.
I'm getting two indicator lights. The "fuel cap open" light, which I reset, and it has disappeared, not to return. The check engine light is on, and repeats after clearing.
It is only giving me a "cylinder 3 misfire" code. It only sputters at or near idle, and on acceleration at low engine RPM's. At highway speeds, or under heavy acceleration, it's just fine, although the engine power is reduced because I suspect the ECM is in default mode. Sometimes the check engine light flashes at me, and then the power is greatly reduced.
I pulled the plug wires and injector plugs and they all look dry to me.
1. Uh, what did I screw up??
2. What other precautions should I take? It is due for both an oil change and transmission flush, so those will be done in a week or so. What else? A chassis lube??
3. The CD changer in the center console is skipping and generally being belligerant. Is there a connection under the passenger seat that may have gotten wet??
4. As I am standing at the front of the vehicle, which cylinder is No. 3?? I am guessing it will be one of the center ones. Front or back???
5. Uh, what did I screw up??