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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-22-13, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport- Water Damage

Last Thursday I was driving and slid on ice down a hill and my Ford Explorer ended up laying on the drivers side in a creek. I wasn't going fast at all, I turned off my car when I landed and none of my windows got damaged at all. I got some water in my car, about halfway up the steering column and was there for a few hours.

I don't have much structural damage, but I can't seem to get the car started. All my interior lights, instrument panel lights, speakers, windows, and even my radio still work but I am having problems with a few things. Once I charged my battery back up, my windshield wipers won't stop, my horn wouldn't stop blowing, when I turn the ignition my car won't start, and I can't shift gears unless I turn the keys in the ignition forward all the way like I'm trying to start the car. I had to disconnect the windshield wipers and took out the fuse for the horn.

My neighbor came over and crawled under the car with a screwdriver and was able to start the car by using the screwdriver to jump start the starter solenoid. Once it was running, everything worked fine, I was able to drive it for a while with no problems at all and the check engine light never came on. I have dried out the inside of my car pretty well, even all the wiring connections inside the car. I have no idea what the problem could be with the car, I tried to replace the ignition switch but that didn't work.

Does anybody have any ideas about what could possibly be wrong?
I would greatly appreciate any input, thanks

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-23-13, 10:29 AM
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Re: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport- Water Damage

Replace the solenoid switch, and wiper relay, but as for the horn you might have a shorted wire or a bad horn pad. Check the brake light switch in front of the brake pedal, since this is what lets the shifter come out of park only if the pedal is depressed. If theres any more problems, just post another reply.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-23-13, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport- Water Damage

I got my car running just fine today, thank you so much for the help
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-13, 09:34 AM
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Re: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport- Water Damage

Thats good to hear. Youre very welcome.
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