[MR2] Stuck Piston Rings
wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Mar 9 13:08:15 EST 2012
I heard of that happening to a (then new) MB 560SEL. With a V8.
Engine was pretty expensive to replace (like the BMW) and the factory wasn't
too sympathetic about a warranty claim (as they shouldn't have been).
Tell you something else interesting about driving though fairly high (1
Years ago I drove my 300E in similar water - we were having a lot of rain -
the storm drains clog with leaves -
I had read somewhere about differentials having a vent at the top
(transmissions too for that matter) and you should avoid the driving that I
Well after the rain I took it to my shop and the shop owner wanted to
reassure me that I "didn't have anything to worry about"
I kept insisting that he drain both the differential and transmission and
finally to humor me - he did.
Well when he opened the drain plug on the diff this milky white glop started
pouring out and when that was done just a bit of pure water.
The transmission also had a bit of water in it.
At the time the car was fairly new so I figured I saved 1000s (now my parts
can - if necessary - come from Pick & Pull ;-) )
Anyway I am sure that our 2s also have that vent and I know mine has a
"reverse snorkel" from the air cleaner that goes DOWN the car - better to
suck up water? ;-)
I am sure that to get water in the engine from a foot of water it would be
hard but with perseverance it can be done ;-)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Schultz" <bob-schultz at comcast.net>
To: "'Jim'" <mr2driver at carolina.rr.com>; "'William Brandt'"
<wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net>
Cc: <mr2 at mr2.com>
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 6:18 AM
Subject: RE: [MR2] Stuck Piston Rings
>I had a woman, a very attractive woman who brought in her Chevy Beretta
> my shop because it stalled. What she didn't tell me was that it stalled
> right after she drove through a foot or more of standing water.
> The water went right past the air filter and bent a bunch of the rods.
> Maybe GM should have installed a water filter in the intake system... :-P
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mr2-bounces at mr2.com [mailto:mr2-bounces at mr2.com] On Behalf Of Jim
> Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 7:51 AM
> To: William Brandt
> Cc: mr2 at mr2.com
> Subject: Re: [MR2] Stuck Piston Rings
> You have heard correctly. $25,000 for a new engine for my neighbor's BMW
> 540i during the 500 year flood of eastern NC about a dozen years ago.
> William Brandt <wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>>While it has never happened to me I have heard that if you hit water -
>>say fairly deep water on the street from a rain - and some gets in the
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