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Old 02-17-2013, 09:17 AM   #101 (permalink)
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I put a piece of cloth over a prybar and stuck that under the hatch, with a small weight hanging off it.

Then I cycled power to the hatch, it' unlatched for a moment, and the prybar lifted it open.

After that, I set an old work glove over the latch, so that it could accidently lock closed again.


And yes, I did pull the big orange safety disconnect. Here it is, see?

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Old 02-17-2013, 12:00 PM   #102 (permalink)
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:29 PM   #103 (permalink)
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....flush it with plenty of isopropanol...
Are we just talking strong drugstore Isopropyl alcohol?

I have a little Walgreens store brand 91% Isopropyl alcohol in the medicine cabinet. Is that the same stuff?
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #104 (permalink)
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I know you have hopes that everything under the rear deck is safe from the water damage, but the fact is that it just ain't so. The car didn't splash through a deep puddle; it was immersed in water, probably for many many hours. Electrical stuff might be hermetically sealed but the mechanical stuff is not. That means you have water, silt, and what-have-you in the differential, transmission (if there is one!), CV joints, bearings, brakes (parking/drum in particular), and on and on. The good news is that those bits should respond well to a less rigorous cleaning than the electrical bits.
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BAD NEWS!

The Traction Battery is shot!

Don't ask me how I know, I'm too busy washing my clothes and taking a shower.....
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Damn... I was really hoping it would work out for you.
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Ben, I am really sorry. I try to wait to read the updates here, but I read everything on your car. I really hoped that it would work out well to you. Good luck making what you can of the rest.

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