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My Honda Accord was flooded in 3 feet of water. Once car dried, spark plugs and coil packs were removed to check for water, they were dry. The oil was changed due to water being in the oil after flood. Now the car makes a constant fast tapping sound when running. What could be causing this and can you please tell me what to do further.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Natasha, Dealing with a vehicle that is flooded can cause many problems. Being that you have replaced the oil, you may be hearing a lifter tick. this sounds like you may need to have a top end rebuild. I recommend that you have a trusted mechanic take a look further to ensure that you don't have any deeper problems.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Because you car was flooded, it will be a constant problem - as there is permanent damage. I recommend you trade in your car and start over with a newer one.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at Not a good sign. There might be internal damage. Sounds like you might need to rebuild your engine.

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