What To Do If Your Motorcycle Gets Flooded!

What To Do If Your Motorcycle Gets Flooded!

Important: Don't try starting your engine!

Paalala! - Huwag munang subukan paandarin ang motor!

To avoid certain damage to your motorcycle's electrical system and engine internals, please don't attempt to start your motorcycle right away and read through the following instructions, first.

Call for help if necessary!

If you feel that you are not confident enough to do the following tasks by yourself, call for help. Huwag mag atubiling tumawag ng tulong kung kailangan.

For motorcycles that have quickly dunked under water and have NOT been submerged for hours or days (Kung lumusong kalang sa baha):

Step 1: Remove the Spark plug and let it dry

  • Your motorcycle normally comes with a set of tools and along with it is a spark plug wrench.
  • For scooters and underbones, matatagpuan sya usually sa storage compartment (u-box) sa ilalim ng  upo-an.
  • For other motorcycles naman, usually the tool kit is located on the side kung saan kelangan mong tanggalin yung side cover/panel gamit ang susi.

Step 2: Remove the air filter and let it dry

  • For standard motorcycles, the air filter is usually located under the seat and you will need to remove the right side-panel para ma-access ito.
  • For some underbone motorcycles, nasa unahang bahagi naman ito, just right in between the front-fork and engine. You will need a screw driver to take it out.
  • As for scooters, nasa ibabaw sya ng crank case and you will also need either a screw driver or a T-wrench to take it out.
  • Once the air filter is out, wring it as hard as you can at patuyuin.
  • Note that the air-filter element will have to be eventually replaced as soon as you can.

Step 3: Drain the airbox and exhaust pipe

  • Put the motorcycle on a wheelie or upside-down position, kung kaya, para kusang ma drain ang airbox at pipe.
  • You can also make use of clean rags, or sponge kung meron, para punasan ang airbox hanggang matuyo.
  • You can choose to remove the exhaust pipe and drain it, but you will need a size 8 or 10 wrench/T-wrench to get it done, depende sa motorsiklo mo.

Step 4: For manual or semi-automatic motorcycles, put it in 1st or 2nd gear

  • Dahang-dahang ikutin ang rear wheel para ma pump-out ang natitirang tubig sa cylinder head. Lalabas ang tubig sa butas ng spark plug.

Step 5: For automatic motorcycles and scooters, you can make use of the starter to pump out the water inside the cylinder chamber, if any

  • If you have access to some WD40 or any similar products, make sure to spray the wirings near the throttle-body, the battery, and ignition.
  • Make sure to remove the spark plug if you haven't already done so.
  • Pwede mo na syang i-start (note, only do this once the spark plug is removed) para ma pump-out yung pumasok na tubig sa cylinder head palabas sa butas ng spark plug.

Step 6: For carbureted motorcycles and not fuel-injected (Motorcycles with a carburetor), drain the fuel by removing the drain screw.  

  • Locate the drain screw which is normally on the lower-left or lower-right side of the carburetor.
  • Kelangan mo ng screw driver para matanggal ang fuel drain screw ng karburador.
  • I-drain ang gas at i-reinstall ang drain-screw pagkatapos.

Step 7: For Fuel-Injected motorcycles (Fi), clean and spray the throttle-body and injector area with some WD40 if you have one on you

  • Spray the throttle-body and injector area with some WD40 or any similar products to displace water and moisture on the said parts.
  • Kung wala ka namang WD40, punasan mo nalang with a clean rag.

Step 8: Re-install the spark plug once dry

  • You will again need the spark plug wrench for this task. Make sure to not overtighten at sakto lang.
  • I -check kung may spark, if possible.
  • Pwede mo ding lagyan ng kaunting gasolina ang butas ng spark plug bago ikabit ang mismong spark plug para madaling paandarin.

Step 9: Try starting your motorcycle

  • Subukang paadarin at i-idle muna from 10-15 minutes bago patakbuhin muli.

Step 10: Consult a certified motorcycle mechanic to double-check and make sure that your motorcycle is road-worthy

  • Pag nakalabas kana sa baha at nakauwi na, make time to visit the service center or a trusted mechanic para masigurong walang sira yung motorsiklo mo at hindi ka mapeperwisyo sa susunod mong byahe.

For motorcycles that have been underwater for hours, or days:

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Step 1: Disconnect the battery terminals

  • I-disconnect ang battery terminals.
  • Punasan ang baterya to remove moisture.

Step 2: Drain the engine oil

  • Tanggalin ang oil drain-plug at i-drain ang engine oil.
  • You will need either a socket wrench, combination wrench, or box wrench to complete this task.

Step 3: Drain the fuel tank

  • I-drain ang fuel tank at hugasan ng malinis na gasolina.
  • Patuyuin ang tangke gamit ang air compressor.

Step 4: Remove the air filter element

  • Tanggalin ang air filter (Ito ay papalitan ng bago, eventually).

Step 5: Remove the exhaust and drain, then clean it

  • Tanggalin ang exhaust pipe at hugasang maigi gamit ang kerosene o diesel, at patuyuin.
  • Ikabit ulit pagkatapos.

Step 6: Re-install the oil drain plug and put in new engine oil

  • Ikabit muli ang oil drain-plug at lagyan ng bagong engine oil para mababad at hindi kalawangin ang internals ng makina.

Step 7: Bring your motorcycle to the nearest service center or trusted motorcycle mechanic

  • Dalhin sa pinakamalapit na motorcycle service shop (Sa Casa or dealership) o sa trusted mechanic para ma double-check ang wirings, malinis ang braking system, etc.
  • Kung maari ay ichange-oil uli bago itakbo pagkatapos itong mapaandar ng mekaniko.

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