Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 6 months ago 20
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Can You Start A Lada That's Spent Six Months At The Bottom Of A Lake?

This Samara spent a winter underwater, but will the guys from Garage 54 manage to get it started with some persuasion?

Remind me later

You wouldn’t like the chances of a car starting again after spending an extended period of time underwater, would you? Particularly if said period of time is as long as six months.

That’s how long this vehicle has spent languishing at the bottom of a lake, but it isn’t just any car: it’s a simple, robust Lada Samara. Granted, it looks to be in an unfortunate state, with the roof having been crushed when the surface of the lake froze over, but due to the lack of complexity under the bonnet, it could still cough into life.

Lada - Can You Start A Lada That's Spent Six Months At The Bottom Of A Lake? - DIY

The guys from Garage54 give the Samara a fighting chance by flushing the coolant, cleaning up some of the electrical components and adding fresh oil, but will that be enough? Have a watch of the video to find out.