Since your vehicle is built with electronic parts, chances are if your car gets flooded, you’ll experience a lot of complications. As long as you have water in your vehicle, mildew and corrosion will immediately start to settle in your car parts. Once this happens, do not do anything that will further add damage to your vehicle.
Here are some tips on what to do if water gets stuck in your car.
- The most important thing you can do is to get rid of all the water and mud as soon as possible. The longer you leave your car untouched, the bigger damage it can cause not only your vehicle.
As soon as you get your car out of the flood, park it somewhere dry and start draining your car to eliminate the excess water. This will prevent your car from rust. Open all the doors and windows to let the moisture out and dry your car parts.
- Don’t start your car. There is a huge possibility that your engine, transmission or fuel system might still have water left in it. Starting your engine may just destroy your electrical system.
It can even cause a short circuit or worse, electrocute yourself. Disconnect the battery ground strap to avoid further damage. Then remove the engine plugs to drain the water from the cylinder.
- Wipe off excess water. Use a cloth to dry all spots and areas that are affected by the water. Make sure you remove all moisture in all parts.
- Evaluate the water damage. Assess the situation to determine the amount of water that got in your vehicle. If the water level reached as high as your dashboard then you’ll have bigger problems in your car.
The mechanisms of your car may be cleaned but the electrical systems are another story. Your vehicle’s electrical components rely heavily on certain parts which are highly sensitive to corrosion. Therefore, a damaged system may cause more complications that can last for years.
- Follow the watermarks. This will point you to the affected areas so you can easily clean each part. Check your tail lights, doors, and compartments. Take out your carpets and interior parts.
- Check your fuel tank. There is a huge possibility that your fuel tank is contaminated with water. If this is the case, remove and change the fuel.
- Wash your Car. As soon as you drain out all the water inside your vehicle, wash it with the KevianClean Car Shampoo to get rid of the muck left by the flood. Don’t forget to clean the interior of your vehicle to avoid mold and rust.