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Hi. I drive a 1998 Nissan Altima GLE. 98,000 miles. Fully reconditioned and runs like new. About 2 weeks ago I was in a heavy rainstorm when a "jerk" excuse my French cut me off and timed his SUV to spray maximum water on my car. I was doing the speed limit. I guess I was going fast enough for him. Anyways, I immediately "felt" the motor or the engine in the front of the car get clogged. Almost immediate lost of acceleration power. Thank God I didn't stall out. Extremely sluggish. Bf my car used to zip! My car has never been the same ever since. No check engine light though. I took it to my mechanic and he said it might have been wet air filter and did a complete fuel injection service. But it got worse. I took it to another mechanic and he said I have an exhaust leak manifold. I asked him how much it would cost and he gave me a sad smile like its an ARM and leg. He will call me Monday for price. I really can't afford to throw money at it. Can you please help me. Please help. I cant afford to miss work with this seemingly "unsolvable" problem. Your time is greatly appreciated! Sincerely Yours, Nathaniel Evans

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Nathaniel, I am so sorry for your troubles, you may have got water initially in your air filter which could have caused the domino effect. The water in the air filter may have caused water to mix with your fuel, and you may need to replace your fuel filter. I understand that you had a fuel system flush, but at times, this may not remove all the water you may have "ingested".

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Nathaniel, Sounds like you need a third opinion. Make sure you are taking it to a professional shop that has a great reputation. [AAA Approved, ASE Blue Seal Shop] I wonder if your car is in need of new sparkplug wires is a 'wet test'. I would suggest looking back you your repair records and see if the wires have ever been changed and if it is do for a tune-up.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive If it was immediatly after getting sprayed with water, there is the potential that water got into the engine through the intake and damaged the motor and/or valve train. You need to find a shop with a technician that knows how to do a relative compression check and do a running compression check with a pressure transducer. You are going to have to find a shop with much higher than average diagnostic capability as this is not a common capability of most shops. They will charge a premium for diagnostics, but will give you a much more accurate diagnosis.

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