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post #1 of 12 Old May 9th, 2009, 6:13 pm Thread Starter
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I had my LT parked in an underground garage at a condo complex. The main water line to the building burst during the night and the underground garage flooded - and remained flooded for about 18 hours. The water is out now and I had a chance to check on my LT. I can see the water line mark all along the side of the bike. The LT was sitting in about 13 inches of water for about 18 hours.

What are the recommended next steps to ensure there is no damage to the bike?

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I had my LT parked in an underground garage at a condo complex. The main water line to the building burst during the night and the underground garage flooded - and remained flooded for about 18 hours. The water is out now and I had a chance to check on my LT. I can see the water line mark all along the side of the bike. The LT was sitting in about 13 inches of water for about 18 hours.

What are the recommended next steps to ensure there is no damage to the bike?

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The engine and transmission *should* be OK. I would probably drain and flush the rear drive and remove the front wheel and check the front wheel bearings.

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13 inches of water isn't too bad. +1 on draining and flushing the read drive and front wheel bearing if the water was even with the seal. Also check the rear break pads for debris intrusion.
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I'd have everything in the lower end gone through...replace all the fluids and have all the bearings repacked with a thorough cleaning.

don't forget to have their insurance company cover it.

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Re: LT trapped in underground garage flood

I would have ALL fluids changed; engine oil, trans just to take the proper precautions. Wouldn't hurt to have the brake fluid and clutch fluid changed as well since the DOT 4 loves water. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

My dad took my John Deere diesel swimming in the pond one day and you would be surprised at where water can end up. Admittedly, your LT sat in 18 inches of water and my beloved green tractor swam out to the deep end of the pond and then took up scuba diving; but the moral would be to not take chances.
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I am assuming that your buildings insurance is going to cover any issues so I would go for The Full Monty. There may very well be second and third echelon effects from submerging the bike you may not be aware of for mouths or even a year. Although the bike shows sign of how high the water was the water "may" have, for a short temporary period, gotten a few inches deeper.

I had a car submerged in some local flooding once. The water only looked as if it was about 14" deep so the insurance company did their thing. The water was a bit deeper and there were other unseen issues later. I settled with my insurance company quickly....what a mistake. The last thing you want is to find out a year from now you missed something after the settlement.

I would have your dealer change engine and transmission oil. I would also have them change the rear dif oil and repack any and everything with the front and rear wheel as well as redoing any and everything with the swing arm and driveshaft. I would also change front and rear brake fluid.
You need peace of mind, you did not cause this so get it done right. Steve

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Don't over look the igniter its open the air and water.

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NEW wheel bearings. You can't just look inside a sealed bearing...besides, if you're going that far in, might as well....NEW! Also, I'd like to see the brake calipers rebuilt with new seals....there's water trapped behind the dust seals, between the dust seals and the hydraulic seals....GREAT way to ruin some calipers...Damn it man! It's RIDING SEASON when this happens, I feel your pain!
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Re: LT trapped in underground garage flood

Thanks to everyone who replied. I'll have everything checked out at the service shop.

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Re: LT trapped in underground garage flood

Don't exactly know where water depth was...

But...

I think you are looking at Alternator, starter, relays, etc... at a minimum.... then flushing engine and gear box, etc... then you will have issues with ABS, etc..

To me, it's a total loss.

The only thing I'd accept is replace of all fluids, wiring, alternator, starter, ignition, engine control, ABS, etc, etc... along with an extended 3 year, TRANSFERRABLE warranty.../guarantee in writing for repairs including labor... and loss of use.
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I would have ALL fluids changed; engine oil, trans just to take the proper precautions. Wouldn't hurt to have the brake fluid and clutch fluid changed as well since the DOT 4 loves water. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

My dad took my John Deere diesel swimming in the pond one day and you would be surprised at where water can end up. Admittedly, your LT sat in 18 inches of water and my beloved green tractor swam out to the deep end of the pond and then took up scuba diving; but the moral would be to not take chances.


Man, I HAVE to hear the story behind this one!!!! "then took up scuba diving"... PRICELESS!!!!

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Re: LT trapped in underground garage flood

How close is 13" of water to running into the exhaust a filling-up a cylinder with water? I dunno but hydro lock will bust some stuff when you try to start it.

If in doubt, remove the spark plugs before you motor it over.

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