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C&G Auto Experts Provide Flood Damage Tips

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FLOOD DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR?

Your repair options depend on the amount of the flooding, the type of water, and the depth and how long it was flooded. Here are a few tips from the experts at C&G Auto to consider:

  • Don't try to start the car. If there's water in the engine, transmission or fuel system, that will only make things worse.
  • Disconnect the battery
  • Check the dipsticks for the engine and transmission. If there are water droplets on the end of either dipstick, it’s imperative to change the oil and filter before you start the engine 
  • Flush the brake system and power steering system. 
  • Dry out the car by removing affected interior components. That includes the seats and carpets.
  •  Park the car outside on a sunny day with all doors and the trunk open.
  • Disconnect all electrical components and dry them out with a hair dryer or heat gun.

Please note that “power control modules,” basically the mini computers, unsurprisingly, do not tolerate moisture well and can create strange symptoms. Your wipers, turn signals, lights, power door locks, and many electrical components that work behind the scenes could easily become disrupted with even the slightest amount of water. Today’s vehicles have more computing power than the system that guided Apollo astronauts to the moon…and it is important to keep them dry.

While it’s possible to take care of water damage yourself, we’d suggest bringing it in and having professionals take a look. When water is involved, it can cause some serious damage, and could potentially but you at risk if your brake pads lock up or a number of other things go wrong while driving.  

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