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Flood Waters are Rising: How You Can Check Your Vehicle for Water Damage

Flood Waters are Rising: How You Can Check Your Vehicle for Water Damage

If you’ve ever driven your vehicle through rising flood waters, you know what a scary feeling that can be. Even water that appears to be moving in a very slow and lazy way has tremendous power, but did you know that the real damage to your vehicle can come after the flood waters recede? Learn more about the dangers of flood water for your vehicle and the steps you need to take to stay safe on the road.

Top Steps for Safety After a Flood

There are certain warning signs that every car owner needs to be aware of after your vehicle has been exposed to high water:

  1. If your vehicle suddenly begins overheating, there could be trapped moisture in the engine or radiator damage.
  2. Knocking noises under the hood could indicate problems — when your car “talks” to you, it’s important to listen!
  3. Check your tires carefully as exposure to high levels of water can break down the rubber in your tires over time. If your steering wheel starts shaking or you notice unbalanced wear, see a qualified mechanic immediately.
  4. Take a quick peek at your oil dipstick, and if you see droplets of water do not attempt to start your vehicle. Water in your oil well often means that cylinders may be broken as they’ve tried to compress water instead of air.
  5. The same goes for an air filter with water in it — these are both serious warning signs and require assistance from professionals before starting your vehicle.
  6. Any time your vehicle is subjected to high water, it’s important to change your oil and transmission fluid and then change it again after several hundred miles. This ensures that all of the moisture has been removed from your systems.
  7. Check all fluid levels: clutch, brake, power steering and coolant reservoirs should also be reviewed for potential contamination.
  8. Have you checked your undercarriage? Debris from rushing water often becomes lodged around the wheels, brakes or underbody. Be sure to set your parking brake before you start your adventure.

With your vehicle turned only to the "Start" position, check that lights on the instrument panel are functioning, as well as checking the turn signals, heater, air conditioner, windshield wipers, interior and exterior lights and any other electrical systems within the vehicle such as your infotainment platform.

If your vehicle has already survived a flood, here’s a quick checklist that will get you back on the road safely:

  • With your vehicle turned only to the “Start” position, check that lights on the instrument panel are functioning, as well as checking the turn signals, heater, air conditioner, windshield wipers, interior and exterior lights and any other electrical systems within the vehicle such as your infotainment platform.
  • Are you checking out a used vehicle? Request a CARFAX Vehicle History Report to ensure the car doesn’t have reported flood damage in the past.
  • Have your vehicle thoroughly tested by a trusted mechanic.

Need more information about salvaging a vehicle after a flood? The team at Executive Motorsports in Houston will help evaluate your vehicle and make any suggestions or perform required maintenance. Contact us today at 713-467-7000, or visit us online.

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