I was one of the many poor souls caught up in the rain and floods on Friday. I managed to escape the worst on the M5 (apart from the enormous traffic jams) but had deep water to negotiate around Kidderminster.
You sit in a queue of cars like lambs to the slaughter, having no idea just how deep the next bit will be. Once you see the water there is no going back due to the mile long queues behind you. You just have to go for it hoping your speed and revs are just right to get you through. But then you meet that stupid woman coming towards you who panics grrr....
Everyone was being sensible it seemed: cars traveling north were taking turns with the south traveling cars to negotiate the flood by driving in the centre of the road, until it was my turn. I started off and about half way through the woman facing me decides to set off too! I gesture wildly to get here to stop but she just seemed to speed up. The result was I had to move to the left and get into deeper water and then as she passed me the water from here wake went right over my bonnet and even reached the windscreen. My Bella had done so well so far but this was too much even for her and my car just choked and came to a stop.
Believing there was no option but wet feet, I tried to start the car anyway and to my amazement she started! I managed to get out of the water leaving huge plumes of white smoke behind, pouring out of the exhaust. The car was spluttering and in a dreadful way so I pulled over to nearby lay-by. Car stalls, wont start. The injector warning light was on. Not happy.
After about 15mins and a failed attempt to phone the AA (who were clearly, understandably, inundated with calls for help) I tried the car again and got her started! With a very grumpy engine I managed to get going again and things became more and more back to normal as the miles went by. After an hour or so the car seemed fine, though pushing the revs above 5000 usually resulted in loss of power and general jerkiness.
My questions are...
Should I get my car checked out now?
Was I unwise to try and get the car started when something was clearly wrong and with that injector warning light being on? (I mean was I risking serious damage to the engine trying to start her up in such a water logged condition?)
Someone has since told me the key to negotiating deep water is to keep the revs high to help keep water from the exhaust pipe, to ~not stop~ and to go just the right speed so that the cars pushes the water aside just enough to help, without being too high at the front (this is the hard bit!). Any other tips?
mate, i'm there with you. you described precisely the journey I had home last night. On one deep section, a car was coming toward me exercising the caution needed. But the Transit driver behind, decided to overtake! I cannot find the words to describe how stunned I was. He overtook her, almost clipped me (I, like you, was juggling with middle of the road, and coperating as best I could with the oncoming cars - I must take my hat off to the drivers who yesterday largely showed an intelligent and considered approach to the terrible conditions).
As the transit passed us, my Polo was covered - and I mean covered - in water. It was like crashing into an ocean. I couldn't see a thing for seconds, the wipers did nothing.
Hats off to my ickle Polo. It soldiered on, splish splosh splashing bravely though the lakes and not missing a beat (the air induction part is quite high up and on the right of the car so as long as I didn't dunk the driver's side in too much water, we were ok).
It's raining at home now :-(
I hope you get your GTV fixed dude.