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Old 11-02-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Ressurecting a flooded bike (Thanks hurricane Sandy)

Ok, so aside from me scrambling helping out friends in need of more important things like say fuel, water, generators and shuttling people around because it's just quicker moving around the city on 2 wheels right now I got a few phone calls from people asking me how to unfuck a bike that's been submerged in sea water.

MODS, IF WE CAN STICKY THIS I'M SURE THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS INFO.

Ok, so my advice was the same as for any bike that had been run through a river.

Pull the plugs and burp it, then an oil change and coolant change should do it.

Can a bearing sustain a temporary drowning or should wheel and head bearing be swapped?

I told them all they should also be thoroughly cleaned of all salt water.

If water has gone higher than the battery and the battery has been submerged it may have been compromised. I have heard of (but might be rumor) that a battery submerged and allowing in salt water to mix with the acid can be a time bomb waiting to happen if you try and start the bike. Something about salt and electrolytes mixing. I slept through chemistry class.

Anything above incorrect or is there anything you guys can ad?

Thanks in advance.
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