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Old 10-21-2013, 03:08 PM
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Hey guys, newbie here. I have a 1996 Ram 1500 with the 5.9 360 in it. I took it off roading the other day and hit a hole that looked shallower than it actually was. Anyway, I had it in the water pretty good and got it out and it started right up. After a while, it lost pretty much all power. The engine was working but it wouldn't turn the wheels. I let it sit and it was running good enough to get me home. Now it is losing power again. Any ideas of what could be causing this? Any help is appreciated.
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sorry to hear that bud!

first off welcome to the forum.

the issue might be hard to pin point at first. water + electrical things = nightmares the never end.

a guy on here in a 4th gen took his ram swimming and has been fighting electrical issues for months. every time he fixes something, something else breaks. bad TCM, bad fuel pump, etc.

I've always heard if you get it wet, pull it out and DON'T start it until it's dry. But you are well past that point. hopefully some more mechanical minded people will chime in to help you diagnose. good luck man :/
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It also could be as simple as flushing all your fluids. If your breather hoses on the tranny and axles aren't high enough out of water, these parts could have taken water in. Just another thought.
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ yes for sure.


to clarify, i wasn't trying to say it is DEFINITELY an electrical issue. I just meant to prepare for the worst is all.
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Check your air box for water. A wet filter could be the problem.
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I checked the air intake for water, it was dry. I will definitely need to check the tranny and axles for water. thanks for the help.
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alright, checked the transmission fluid and it had water in it. Am I screwed and ruined my transmission or is it possible to flush the contaminated fluid out and be alright? I heard both not sure who to believe.
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I would change the oil and filter and see what happens.
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alright, checked the transmission fluid and it had water in it. Am I screwed and ruined my transmission or is it possible to flush the contaminated fluid out and be alright? I heard both not sure who to believe.
If your transmission has water in it, you need to change the fluid and I would also look to see if you have a drain plug on the torque converter. You need to get all the fluid that you can out of the transmission.
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For sure on the trans. I do alot of wheeling and end up in deep stuff all the time. Flush the trans. The vent is kind of low on the trucks and sucks water in. When you're done with that, check the diffs and T-case. Also pull your rear brake drums and flush them with brake clean. If you're gonna wheel it, this is your new process after wheeling to ensure a long service life out of your parts.
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