Ford Escape 2005 Problem after hosing down the engine

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Old 03-29-15, 09:27 AM
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Ford Escape 2005 Problem after hosing down the engine

We just bought this used escape and it was running fine. We were detailing it and my father law hosed down the engine (hood up). Now its running rough when idle and when you rev the engine, it dies.

We've tried drying out all the connectors we could think of and the air filter isn't wet, etc. Any ideas on things to try? Clearly, we got water where it shouldn't be, but we don't know where.

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Old 03-29-15, 09:41 AM
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How long ago did it get wet? Odds are it will dry out on it's own.
 
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Just hosed down for a few minutes...
 
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but how long ago was that ??
 
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Sorry, misunderstood your question. That was yesterday about this time.

As for some additional info, there seems to be an inordinate amount of water dripping from the exhaust as well as in the center of the vehicle where the muffler meets the engine.
 
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The water dripping under where the muffler is and the water coming out the tail pipe is normal on today's vehicles. And these newer cars should never have water sprayed under the hood around any electrical connections/components.
 
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Old 03-29-15, 12:52 PM
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If I were you, I'd have checked on MAF sensor to start with. Then, find some ether, take plugs out, burn electrodes white hot to clean them, and pour some ether into each cylinder. Disable ignition and crank engine a few times. Ether dries out everything very fast. If ether is no available, you can use denturated alcohol, same way.
Then leave plugs out for few hours.
What did he use to wash engine? Regular hose or pressure washer? Pressure washer can knock off a loose plug easy.
But most likely you got water into air intake somehow, after filter. Happens. Loose clamp, crack somewhere. You need to dry out engine insides.
Reason I mentioned MAF sensor is it's up on the air duct and normally quite easy to "hurt". And it's past air filter. Symptoms sort of look like bad or dirty or disconnected MAF.
 
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I don't remember if it says so on the front of the label but ether is the main ingredient in starting fluid.
 
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Update

Just an update on this issue, my father in law took the car in to the shop today and the front catalytic collapsed and plugged up the back converter. Will need a new front catalytic.
 
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Old 03-31-15, 06:42 PM
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And what are the odds of THAT to coincide with hosing engine? Unbelievable.
 
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