Baja California, Mexico is a wild place. In America we have an abundance of rules and regulations telling you what to do, and what not to do. In Mexico, those rules do not apply. If you want to do donuts on the beach at 3 a.m., nobody is going to stop you. If you want to drive through 3 feet of seawater, nobody will get in your way. When this guy got himself stuck it was pretty clear there was a problem, and as the tide got higher we all realized that this poor F-150 was about to take a bath.
After spending a whole San Felipe 24 hours submerged in the salty Gulf of California, a group of helpful bystanders devised a rather unorthodox solution to pull the F-series out; the three-on-one method isn’t what’s wrong with this picture, it’s the way the ropes are tied. Either way the truck made it out in one piece, and so did the recovery vehicles (surprisingly). So, what now?
Rule number one when your vehicle gets submerged in water for an extended period of time: DO NOT START IT! Especially if it’s salt water. After being submerged, a professional mechanic should carefully inspect every part of your vehicle before you try and start it.
Will it be ok? Honestly, probably not. It generally costs more to restore a flood-damaged vehicle than the vehicle’s value, rendering it totaled. John Nielsen from AAA notes that even if it starts up on the first try, a flooded car’s engine, transmission, fuel, brake, power steering, and electrical systems are vulnerable to increased wear and premature failure.
That being said, it’s not uncommon to see flood-damaged vehicles for sale with a salvaged or even clean title. In the case of this Baja F-150, we’d advise anyone looking for this model of truck to be cautious. And whatever you do, don’t get stuck at low tide.