How To Revive Your Bike That Was In A Water Logged Area

Published on 11 Jul, 2024, 1:01 PM IST
Updated on 11 Jul, 2024, 1:01 PM IST

Chinmay Hadkar
Chinmay Hadkar
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Resist the urge to start the motorcycle and save it from becoming a recipe for disaster.

Heavy rains can sometimes lead to water logging around your vehicle. We have listed down a procedure if you have parked your vehicle in a water-logged area and now want to revive it. If you notice that water is logging up in your parking lot and you have a better spot to move your vehicle then definitely analyse the level of water on your route and move it. But if you are too late and the water has reached above the air filter or engine level then do not attempt moving it. Rather leave it untouched till the water recedes.

Clear the Debris

Before you even think about moving the motorcycle, take a moment to remove any visible debris. Twigs, leaves, and plastic bags can clog vital components and cause further problems.

Do not turn on the ignition

The next thing to be done is to resist cranking the engine. Cranking a flooded engine is the quickest way to turn a potentially salvageable situation into a costly engine overhaul repair job. Water doesn't compress like air, so trying to start the engine can cause internal components to bend or break. Instead, clear the gunk around the moving parts of the engine. Make sure that you also do not turn on the ignition till the water has completely dried off. In some motorcycles, the fuel pump primes as soon as the ignition is turned on and that might lead to water inside your tank getting sucked into the fuel pump.

Roll The Motorcycle

Roll your motorcycle without turning it on to a safe location where you can work on it or take it to a mechanic's shop. Ask the mechanic to drain the fuel tank first and check for any water that has made its way in. Then make him remove the spark plug which should lead to no spark in the cylinder block. If all any water has made its way into the block, while cranking without the spark plug it should come out. Clean and inspect the spark plug before putting it back in. At this moment you would be tempted to run the motorcycle but there is one more spot you need to check for water.

Air Filter

The air filter is your engine's first line of defence against debris. Check the air filter for moisture. If it's wet, remove it and dry it thoroughly or replace it if it is close to replacement. After this, you should be good to fire up your engine and let it run but not up to temperature. For bikes with oil and water cooling check the radiator. There are chances there debris might have gotten stuck between the radiator and the grille.

Deep clean

Now that the initial dangers are addressed, it's time for a thorough cleaning. Floodwater can leave behind a nasty cocktail of mud, debris, and contaminants. Use a hose with clean water and a gentle soap to wash away any grime. Pay particular attention to areas where dirt and debris can easily accumulate, like the frame, wheels, and engine compartment.


Floodwater can cause the chain to lose its lubrication. For bikes with chain covers make sure that the chain is well-cleaned and lubricated. For the open chains, more care needs to be taken as they were left out sitting in the water. While you're at it, take a look at other parts that might require greasing, such as the swingarm and linkage bearings. Floodwater can wash away protective grease, leading to corrosion and seizing. Apply fresh grease to these areas to prevent future problems.

Remember, these are just initial steps to minimise damage. A professional mechanic should perform a complete inspection of your motorcycle after a flood event. They can assess any internal damage caused by water intrusion, ensure all electrical components are functioning properly, and replace any parts that may have been compromised.

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