Things You Should Know If Your Car Gets Stuck In A Flood To Reduce Repair Cost
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Unfortunately, Peninsular Malaysia had to face one of the worst floods in years, seeing many lose their houses, belongings, pets, and even vehicles. If your car was submerged in the flood and now you're worried about the damages and cost it will take to repair, you might want to check out these steps shared by Carsome:
For starters, car owners need to check the water level and condition of your car once the flood recedes. You'll be able to determine from the mud marks the flood leaves on the car surface. This information let's you know whether the flood water has submerged the car entirely and whether it has entered the engine parts of the vehicle.
Moving on, a very important tip is to not start your car engine, as it may cause a short circuit. What you should do is, unplug your car's battery and call a mechanic or tow truck to take your car over to a workshop for repairing. At the workshop, make sure to check your car's engine and gearbox first by using the dipstick. If the amount of engine oil exceeds the amount it should be, this means the engine has already been waterlogged. On the other hand, if your engine oil and gear oil are mixed with water, remove and replace them with new oil.
This next step should only be done if it's necessary. Remove gasoline that has been mixed with water from the fuel tank to avoid serious damage to the car's engine parts. You could ask your mechanic for recommendations before proceeding to flush.
Last but not least, removable components in the vehicle like radios need to be dried. Wash your car with a heavy spray of water especially on the engine and brake parts. But do take note to not spray towards the vents of the air filter and the lubricating oil cap.