Understanding Hydrostatic Lock

It never fails; after heavy rain some overzealous driver will blast through a giant puddle of water that has accumulated on the roadway in their path. Soon after, they can be seen on the side of the road awaiting a tow truck or limping to the nearest exit. The mechanic later informs them that the water from the road was scooped up into the engine and caused a condition known as hydrostatic lock.

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