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help! i went one puddle too far...

so im out hittin the mud today and havin tons of fun. my truck was filthier than it ever has been and i was doin great... then i decided to hit one puddle that i've been kinda cautious about in the past. well i hit it and water splashed everywhere(duh) and then as im about to get to the end of the puddle(it was about 100ft long about 1ft deep) my truck started bogging. at first i thought it was just the tires stuck in the mud. but i made it out and immediately the engine died. ...then it wouldnt start! finally i got it started and it sounded horrible. it would barely sputter to life then die. i let it sit for a while then got it started. i drove/sputtered to the nearest pressure washer and washed off my engine. now its runnin ok and sounds right but it sputters sometimes while im drivin down the road. any ideas? water/mud in engine? misfiring plugs? need new plug wires?

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i did that when i went down to pitts... mine ended up being the alternator and stretched the throttle cable... go check your gas petal, see if you have any play in it (pull it up, not push it down...), if there is, check out the throttle cable mod...
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oh i didnt even think about it being the alternator...
and how did water stretch ur throttle cable?
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any other ideas???
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i think it must have stretch from not so much slamming on it, but alot of use when mudding... not the water....

and my alternator was caked with mud.....
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oh ok... gotcha. well hopefully it'll stop sputtering soon. im thinkin a nice tank of chevron gas and fuel injector cleaner will help. lol
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you probably got water, where water isn't supposed to be. I wouldn't freak too much for a couple days. It's pretty dry air out there in CA, it may fix itself.
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AIC sensor?
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Have you checked your airbox for any water? If your filter is wet, every so often it might be sucking in moisture, and causing it to stall out. It is probably a good idea to check it anyways. As well take a look at your oil, to make sure no water is in there.
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