Not all car problems are created equal, and perhaps the most frustrating car problem of all is dealing with the aftermath of a flood. Flooding can occur in any number of unexpected scenarios, from a heavy rain to a hurricane.
Here is a step-by-step of what to do if your vehicle should become flooded:
- Take stock of all potential damage. Look at how deep the floodwaters are in comparison to your car. Note what type of water it is: saltwater will be more damaging to your vehicle than freshwater.
- Do NOT start your car. If you ignite your engine after it’s been flooded, you will only cause more damage.
- Act fast. No matter what type of water you’re dealing with, corrosion can occur before you know it. Start drying out your vehicle immediately. If you need to move your car out of the flooded area, contact a towing company to have it moved. Note that before you tow, you may need to drain your oil and transmission fluid, depending on the severity of the flood.
- Lift the hood. Here is where you’ll find all the clues to determine how severe the flooding was. Check the dipstick for water droplets. Remove any cylinders with water contact and check for corrosion.
- Clean out the cabin of your vehicle. You will want to remove as much moisture as you can as quickly as possible. Use a wet vacuum to remove standing water and rags to absorb all water that has soaked into fabric seating or carpeting. If you can, remove the seats, cushions, and mats for extensive drying.
- Check the fuel. There may be water inside the fuel tank. You will likely need to flush out all old fuel and replace it with fresh gasoline.
Schedule an appointment with Trent Cadillac’s service department for comprehensive repairs, and your trusty ride will be back up-to-snuff in no time.