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    • Survey the extent of potential damage. Note the height of the floodwater in relation to your car. Avoid starting a flooded car. Suppress the temptation to start a flooded car, I repeat. And this is regardless of if it was flooded while parked or you drove it to a halt in a flash flood. Summarily, cranking it may cause more damage if water got into the engine. Do a comprehensive assessment, have a mechanic whose experience has been tested and trusted, look at it. Before it is ever cranked, it must be critically looked at by a mechanic.
    • Act fast: Can you tow it out already? Please do so quickly. Begin hasty drying of the car. The type of water prevalent in that region determines what could be latent damage for weeks to come, if unchecked. If it is salty, corrosion will seek to feast on the vehicle metal components. Early drying and the use of anti-corrosion protective sprays will help. Please ensure the areas targeted are completely dry before spraying and please, don’t spray on electrical components and fuse boxes.


    • Check the oil dipstick. Look for water droplets, which likely indicate that there is water in your engine. If that’s the case, the cylinders, which are supposed to compress air instead of water, will be broken, if you drove into the flood. If however, it was static, there’s a chance you could redeem the situation but not starting the vehicle until the engine has been drained of the water therein.


    • Change the oil and transmission fluid. If the car has not sustained major damage to the cylinders, pistons, and connecting rods, you may proceed to drain the engine oil and transmission fluids. We recommend that repeat this again after the car is in good condition and you’ve been driving it for several hundred miles.


    • Remove all moisture. If water found its way into your car’s interior, it’s important you drain and dry the vehicle of all the moisture you can sight or sense. They might use a wet/dry vacuum to collect standing water in your vehicle, cloth towels to absorb water that has soaked into the seats and carpet, and fans and dehumidifiers to accelerate the drying process. Desiccants like packets of silica gel will find great use in these times. Also, don’t spare beneath the seats. You may need to take out the seats! That is where modules for the power seats, airbags and seat weight sensors are often situated. Moisture can make them malfunction were at the least, they start to drain your battery constantly and at the worst, they are completely non-functional.


    • Check electrical components. The mechanic might need to replace a few electrical components.


    • Check the fuel tank and line. A siphon pump might be used to remove some fuel in order to see if water is present. If water is found in the fuel (which would naturally separate from the fuel), they will empty the fuel tank completely.


    • Do a thorough evaluation: From air filters to MAF sensors to plugs and fuel pump might be holding on to some degree of moisture. To limit/avoid frequent downtimes in the near future, have your mechanic dry out these components.

    This is wishing you and all of yours a flood-free life!


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