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mkirsch

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Posted: 05/09/22 07:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks. I tried disconnecting the battery for well over an hour, and it didn't help.

The mold was mostly on the steering wheel and door. Headliner and seats are okay.

It's going to be sunny and warm for the next several days so I plan on leaving it out with the windows open during the day to air out.

Problem is I don't know anyone who can fix it.


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Just a data point, our 2012 F350 caught on fire and burned the front right section around the grill and battery, totaled by the insurance company. We went on a weeks long search for a used replacement. The base right now is around $40000, for a 2016 or newer, and you have to look hard to find one in that region. We ended up paying $43K. So spending $5000 to fix that truck is worth it. Even if you sell it right after it's repaired.


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For a 2015 I'd list it on Facebook marketplace and note the problems. It'll sell for more than you can imagine. Someone will buy it and fix the problems and flip it for twice what they paid you. That truck is in very high demand right now.
Or go to Edmunds or Carmax and have them give you a quote. Edmunds will connect to you with local dealers who will check it out and adjust the cash offer for the problems. If you disclose the problems you shouldn't have any bad feelings.

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Sorry for your loss. The electrical damage to the truck may only be to one connector, it may not be as serious as you think. a lot of times just the offending connector can be replaced by cutting the connector from the harness and splicing in a new pigtail. Hope you are able to fix it up again.


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Posted: 05/09/22 01:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mkirsch wrote:

Problem is I don't know anyone who can fix it.


Get a quote from the local Chevy dealer.

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Your best bet to have it repaired is NOT a dealership. Check with local body shops for if you have anyone local that does conversions. There is a company next to my business that does conversions and they strip some of the vehicles and totally rebuild them. That is where I would start.


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I confess I have never messed with anything that had near the number of FREDs you are dealing with.
Several vehicles that have been parked for a while, when restarted had failures in several electrical systems. In every case I found the source of problems was body grounds.

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mkirsch wrote:

Thanks. I tried disconnecting the battery for well over an hour, and it didn't help.

The mold was mostly on the steering wheel and door. Headliner and seats are okay.

It's going to be sunny and warm for the next several days so I plan on leaving it out with the windows open during the day to air out.

Problem is I don't know anyone who can fix it.


One step at a time. Don’t freak out just yet and don’t just dump it for cheap.
First, it’s guaranteed to have thrown codes (almost guaranteed). Go read them see what they are. Clear them and see what comes back.
Feels like worst case it may have cooked the gauge cluster. Or even just a fuse(s).
Not very likely it harmed anything with the drivetrain. Like traction control etc.
I would also start driving it.
Id do some diagnosis and research myself, as whatever is wrong is worst case an expensive module. Which is cheap comparatively.
Think about it this way, even if there is a somewhat serious issue from the leak, thousands of flood damage cars are repaired and out back on the road. This is minor compared to a flooded car.
Otherwise I’ll claim my spot first in line to make you a poor offer on a good truck!


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Have you had the codes cleared with a code reader?


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Could be as simple as a BCM or a fuse. maybe (and probably more likely) rodents got under the hood over the winter and chewed some wires.
You say it ran OK when you parked it?

And yes water damage would be covered. its not from a flood. and even then comprehensive would cover all that.


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