Is Your Car Flooded? How Do You Know and What Do You Do?
Hurricane Irma has passed, but the city and residents of South Florida are still recovering, and if you car flooded during the storm there are some things to know! First, how to know if it is flooded and, second, what to do next! Also, here in Florida tropical storms and hurricanes are common, so, we will also give you some just in case tips for the future regarding what to do if you get stuck in flood water!
Is your engine flooded?
- Does it start? Obviously if it doesn’t, this could be related to flooding. The best way to tell if the engine is flooded is what happens when attempting to start the car! When an engine is flooded by water the motor will turn completely over, but the vehicle still won’t start.
- What do the spark plugs look like? Pop the hood, check the spark plugs? Is the hole where the plug goes filled with water? If so, there is a high chance that the engine is flooded.
- Is there noticeable water damage? Are electronics wet? What about the air filter? Any signs of water under the hood or inside the vehicle aren’t good.
What should you do?
- Always call a mechanic, roadside assistance, and/or AAA. There are some steps you will want to take while waiting for them. However, either way, your vehicle will need to go to the shop to be safe.
- Disconnect the battery and dry it off if needed! You can then take it out and put it on the ground or somewhere else. Leaving the battery in could cause it to fry.
- Don’t try to start the engine. If there is water in the transmission or fuel system, this can cause more damage.
- Dry out the vehicle inside and out as best as you can, especially electronics. Always check the spark plugs and dry out the hole those go in as well.
- Check for water on the interior soaked into the carpets and/or seats, and check for water in the doors and tail lights. Dry these as best as you can!