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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-02-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Had a really badly flooded RX8 at work today...

I don't fiddle around with rotaries too much, but I do when I get the chance because they're neat.

The dealer I work for bought a car and was going to wholesale it, but one of the people who drove it to the back shut it down cold and it flooded

Pulled the plugs on Friday before I left and turned it over a bit to try and get most crap out. Let it sit over the weekend with plugs out for good measure.

Put them back in and did the normal TSB procedure of cranking with throttle wide open, etc etc. It's a pain in the ass... requires a LOT of cranking normally 15-20min worth on and off. Well this one refused to start... I've done a couple before but always worked within a few minutes.

Probably doesn't help this car has 120k miles on it It definitely didn't sound great trying to crank it over.

Buddy of mine is a farm boy, was telling me how when they have badly flooded tractors, they push/pull start the car and pop the clutch and they start right up.

I put it off but after an hour of fiddling around, decided to give it a try.

Used the shop golf cart and a tow strap, pulled it at about 15mph in neutral, then slowly engaged the clutch in 3rd gear with key OFF and WOT(to pump fresh air through motor to clear) for about 3 seconds, turned key to on position and boom started right up! Held that bitch at 4k rpms for a bit until it stopped smoking from all the crap in the cylind... errr rotor housings.

Going to try this on the next one that comes in flooded from the get-go... worked damn quick.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-02-2013, 10:02 PM
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They're a pain in the ass, aren't they? They foul plugs quicker than anything I've ever seen.
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