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      07-09-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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Had to drive through a water level of my m3 up to the front bumper pretty much. No problems whatsoever but I'm a bit paranoid if any damage could've been done or if something should be done as a preventive maintenance? Perhaps any potential problem for the bottom radiator?

Let me know.

Thanks!
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      07-09-2013, 09:38 AM   #2
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as long as you went slow I don't see any reason for concern.

It sure was a freak storm wasn't it
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Hi All:

Had to drive through a water level of my m3 up to the front bumper pretty much. No problems whatsoever but I'm a bit paranoid if any damage could've been done or if something should be done as a preventive maintenance? Perhaps any potential problem for the bottom radiator?

Let me know.

Thanks!

the radiator is a sealed system so no, you should be fine. Be careful of high levels of standing water pushing through and up the intake tract though.
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Hi All:

Had to drive through a water level of my m3 up to the front bumper pretty much. No problems whatsoever but I'm a bit paranoid if any damage could've been done or if something should be done as a preventive maintenance? Perhaps any potential problem for the bottom radiator?

Let me know.

Thanks!
Doesn't sound like your car was waterlogged on the intake side. If it was you would have had all sorts of problems with the car idling until it cleared out.

I went through a similar water level last year during a flood in our parking lot at work when the car was basically stock, no issues. I had a bit of a rough idle for a couple minutes at the time, but then it cleared out and everything was fine.

Good luck, stay dry!
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      07-09-2013, 09:43 AM   #5
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Yeah I was extra slow) Hydrolock is a scary thought especially since I just got my baby a week ago)

Tell me about it- it was pretty horrid and not forecasted at all!

I think that Toronto has quite inadequate storm water run off design for a 2-hr rain. I wonder where the City spends its money.

Just for the heck of it - here is one of our major highways - Hwy 427 yesterday after 2 hours of rain or less - crazy!! Luckily i wasn't stranded on it


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Yeah I was extra slow) Hydrolock is a scary thought especially since I just got my baby a week ago)

Tell me about it- it was pretty horrid and not forecasted at all!

I think that Toronto has quite inadequate storm water run off design for a 2-hr rain. I wonder where the City spends its money.

Just for the heck of it - here is one of our major highways - Hwy 427 yesterday after 2 hours of rain or less - crazy!! Luckily i wasn't stranded on it

dude that's crazy,
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More images of the flash flooding can be found here:
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/pos...luge-hits-city
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Hi All:

Had to drive through a water level of my m3 up to the front bumper pretty much. No problems whatsoever but I'm a bit paranoid if any damage could've been done or if something should be done as a preventive maintenance? Perhaps any potential problem for the bottom radiator?

Let me know.

Thanks!
Sorry to hear this ,that's a lot of water... oh man
When bumper visual is ok....good, radiator no leaks.... ok .
But.............. when the engine is hot,for example... after a ride of 30 min. and gets suddenly in deep and cool water, it's cools down ...yes,but to quickly and the metal (aluminium) cools to quick .... the engine can skewing !
Anaway i hope that this is not the case here ,so i wish you good luck man
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More images of the flash flooding can be found here:
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/pos...luge-hits-city
Holy 5H1T man..... Jesus, hope that all the people are ok in Toronto !
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considering one of the air intakes is the driver side front vent in the bumper, I would say anything deeper than 10 inches of standing water would be a no-go. Be careful...it's a 25k engine you're messing around with.
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Yeah I was extra slow) Hydrolock is a scary thought especially since I just got my baby a week ago)

Tell me about it- it was pretty horrid and not forecasted at all!

I think that Toronto has quite inadequate storm water run off design for a 2-hr rain. I wonder where the City spends its money.

Just for the heck of it - here is one of our major highways - Hwy 427 yesterday after 2 hours of rain or less - crazy!! Luckily i wasn't stranded on it

tha's no biggie i think the M3 can take that. just press the power button.
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Ferrari California owner got owned

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07...n_3566474.html
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Thanks all!

I'm pretty sure everything is fine. It idled just fine after i went through that puddle and had no warning indicators of any kind. Started just fine today as well - no issues when driving. I went extra slow through that water patch...

If water got in the engine would a check engine light up (limp mode etc) or will it have some idling noises?

Does anyone have technical drawings for air intake locations for future reference?
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Oh man... that's very...very sad
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Thanks all!

I'm pretty sure everything is fine. It idled just fine after i went through that puddle and had no warning indicators of any kind. Started just fine today as well - no issues when driving. I went extra slow through that water patch...

If water got in the engine would a check engine light up (limp mode etc) or will it have some idling noises?

Does anyone have technical drawings for air intake locations for future reference?
Best thing to do is... when the car is ok,make a good trip with it,when there is somewhere water,it will vaporise
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I'm not sure how much compassion I can have for someone who is dumb enough to enter under a bridge that is full of standing water. I mean if you see the water level at the same height as the guardrail why would you think you can drive through it?
It's not like he passed under the bridge when it was dry and then BAM it hit. No, the water level grew fast but not that fast.

1 word applies here ASSHAT!


Totally different circumstances but it reminds me of this:



Ferrari's don't perform well in the water!
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Indeed, quite an unfortunate turn out. I wonder if insurance companies will compensate the victims fairly. There were quite a few flooded vehicles..

I think pretty much any car with a low suspension has a much greater chance for a hydrolock, especially turboed ones.
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Yeah I was extra slow) Hydrolock is a scary thought especially since I just got my baby a week ago)

Tell me about it- it was pretty horrid and not forecasted at all!

I think that Toronto has quite inadequate storm water run off design for a 2-hr rain. I wonder where the City spends its money.

Just for the heck of it - here is one of our major highways - Hwy 427 yesterday after 2 hours of rain or less - crazy!! Luckily i wasn't stranded on it

well...i guess if a Ferrari can do it an M3 surely can...oh wait...



http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07..._hp_ref=canada
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24 inches here...so I wouldn't risk it.


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Yeah I was extra slow) Hydrolock is a scary thought especially since I just got my baby a week ago)

Tell me about it- it was pretty horrid and not forecasted at all!

I think that Toronto has quite inadequate storm water run off design for a 2-hr rain. I wonder where the City spends its money.

Just for the heck of it - here is one of our major highways - Hwy 427 yesterday after 2 hours of rain or less - crazy!! Luckily i wasn't stranded on it


Unbelievable. Lots of damage in a short time. I don't remember anything like that ever happening in the GTA before.

Wish the best to all affected.
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looks like everyone's just out having some fun...




until you drive into some water....


oh wait, that Audi is screwed, REVERSE!...


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