Ok the other day I went water fording "ish". The water was up to the floor boards with a little coming in through though the holes where the drain plugs would be. I got stuck in the mud.
The end of the tail pipe was underwater with air coming out of it. My friend pulled me out and I continued to go through it. After about the fifth try my engine started to putt and have trouble idling. I assume water got into the engine. My muffler leaks water a little bit near where the pipe from the engine enters it. (it always has, condensation I assume)
My friend pulled me out of the water again and my jeep had trouble running at low RPMs in first gear. Then after I kept it moving near 3000 RPMs for around 30 seconds it would pull out of it until I shifted into second, then the same thing happened again, and again in 3rd, 4th, and 5th. After shifting all the way through the gears like that it stopped bogging down like before.
I drove it all the way through today whith no problem except my alternator went out. I got home and opened the hood. The alternator was covered in mud so I decided to spray my engine off with a garden hose. My engine hated it!! It bogged down soooo bad. It was shaking terribly. Jumping from 1000 to 250 RPMs trying to idle I assume.
I just went to autozone and replaced the alternator myself with a 117amp one. Bottom line to my question is what is wrong here, is there water in my engine? Was the alternator the problem and I already fixed it? I need help cause I have no clue whats wrong here.
My jeep is a 2000 tj with a I4 2.5L