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tractor went in the lake

I have a gravely 4 wheel tractor that went in the lake and crashed but overall not real bad. what should a person do after draining and refill of the trans do to make sure the bearings don't get rusted? has this happened to anyone here and what did you do to prevent permanent damage?
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Was it completely submerged?


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Assuming it was completely submerged I would do the first oil change, drive it so the oil gets splashed around real good and change the oil again. Get it good and hot not just once around the drive way this will help get the water out of the bearings. Repeat as needed until I couldn't see any water in the oil.

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Re: tractor went in the lake

Sorry to hear about the crash, this is what I would do...

Drain everything that was submerged, then refill with correct oil, then I would operate to try and evaporate any remaining moisture, then drain again and refill. I would not let the tractor set for any length of time, operate it as much as possible changing oil frequently until you are satisfied all moisture has been removed.

How much water got into the engine and transmission?
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Re: tractor went in the lake

What devens, and cmeyers said, but if the water went over the dash tower, I would also remove the ignition switch, shake out any water through the keyway, then use a blow dryer to dry out what's left. At some point I would also unplug any other connectors (engine stator connector, etc.) and let them dry out as well.

At least it went into fresh water, and not salt water.


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I was not hurt but the engine and deck were running only one tire survived, 3 bent rims, 3 cut tires, K-19 engine coil is now bad no spark! will be difficult to drive, considering install of donor engine from other tractor to get it hot and moving,, it was fully submerged for a few hours.diving was required to extricate it from water.
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Re: tractor went in the lake

The tractor itself should be fine once dried and cleaned. The engine is a different matter. I have dealt with outboard motors going into the drink and the key to survival is restarting asap after retrieval. Internal rust will form quickly so time is of the essence if you want to save the engine without dismantling it first. Parts like the starter will need to be taken apart and cleaned. Often starters will continue to cause issues and may need replacing.
It comes down to changing the oil then restarting or attempting to restart and see what happens. Remove the plugs and crank the engine over till all water is ejected from the cylinders. After that if you can get the engine running and keep it running it should remove any minor internal surface rust and be ok. But time is important. It will not take long for internal parts to seize if left sitting for long after retrieval from the deep. The major damage/rusting begins after it is removed from the lake.
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Glad you weren't hurt! I was picturing it driving into a lake not something like off a bridge or quay wall.

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Glad to hear you are all right as well.

Any chance you could tell "the rest of the story?" Inquiring minds, and all.

Certainly understand if you decline, but trust me, we all have had our unfortunate results. I backed my KMT M18 into something in my garage and obliterated the engine fan instantly.

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Glad that nobody was hurt. In the grand scheme of things, it is a tractor. It can be fixed. Better that than your body. I wish you well in getting it running and repaired.
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Re: tractor went in the lake

If it was running when it went in it may have ingested water and bent a connecting rod or two.

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Re: tractor went in the lake

I saw the aftermath of one driving itself into a pond. It was pulled back out in less than an hour but it was filled with water. As the others said, drain and refill all fluids. If you can fill with hot oil, so much the better. Put an extra amount in the tranny to make sure the clutch gets well flushed.

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Re: tractor went in the lake

Silicone spray and penetrating oil are good for displacing water out of electrical connections and other random areas.

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