Whether you’ve taken your car on a seashore where the waves might dash into your car for an amazing picture or drove through the rain puddles to enjoy the weather, your car does not benefit from these activities. And also with the monsoon season in and around, it’s time to start taking extra care of your vehicle during these times. A car if driven through deep puddles can seriously affect the mechanics. Especially in the interior of your car, if the car window is open during downpours, it can cause musty odor and stains that impact the car’s value. The car does not only get water inside during these downpours or floods but also can create mold, rust, and rot inside that can cause serious issues. Let us guide you on what to do if your car is waterlogged and fix common mechanical problems in this scenario.
Don’t attempt to start your car if water is found in the cabin:
Avoid starting your car in this case as water might have gotten into your engine, transmission, and fuel system and can cause ‘Hydrolock’ if water has subsided into internal parts as well. This water tends to destroy the internal parts especially the piston which fails to compress and work as it should. If the situation of a hydro lock occurs, it can bring huge repair bills and huge damage to the interior of your car, have your car towed to a mechanic to get the water cleared and the internal parts changed.
Disconnect the car battery:
This is the most important thing to do once you find rainwater in your cabin as water can cause serious damage to the electricals, and it’s sooner and safer to avoid major electrical damage. If water gets in contact with wirings and other parts, it can cause shock or completely damage the part. In a scenario like this, it is best to disconnect the car battery and have it seen by a mechanic at the earliest.
Remove water and get air into the car:
The less time water is inside your car, the lesser are the chances of damage, and it affects the mechanics of the internal parts. Use a dry/wet vacuum cleaner to get rid of puddles if in case found and so not use a normal vacuum cleaner as it may result in a shock. Good airflow is essential to get rid of the wetness inside the car and to also get rid of any moisture locked in. It helps prevent bad odors, mold, and mildew from inside the car. Make sure all the windows are open and also usage of electric fans directed at the affected area can help get rid of moisture and water.
Check the exteriors and assess the damage:
Check the tyres, wheels, and brakes for any locked-in debris, or mud, which could be jammed up inside and can cause the car to not drive smoothly. In order to assess the damage, lift the bonnet to check if the water has subsided into the cylinders via the spark plug bore. Pull the dipstick to see any water residue inside on the surface of it. Subsequently, check the brakes, steering, and fluid reservoirs to look for water inside the taillights and doors, and if there is water on the car’s carpet and interior trims as well. In case the water has flooded more than a few feet, the water has subsided to the internal parts as well.
Check the air filters:
Open the bonnet and check the air filters in order to see if the water has subsided into your engine also. Since air intake is less in modern cars, the water can easily subside into the air filter and affect the engine. If the filter seems wet, there is water in it and the water has reached the engine too. This can only be fixed by the mechanic so do not try and remove the water.
Keep in mind to check for these and of course, while you may not be able to fix anything majorly, which is fine, we at Pitstop assure you that we can fix these issues immediately and efficiently. But it is important to take care of your vehicle inside out and make sure it gets checked regularly.