10 Tips for when Your Car Is Submerged In Water or Flooded
If your vehicle has been submerged in water for some reason, these recommendations can be significant...
In recent years, heavy rains and floods have become a part of our daily lives as the seasons intertwine. It is essential to perform the necessary controls and maintenance before using your vehicle again after such natural disasters.
If we examine the damages that may occur in your vehicle after heavy rains:
If Water Gets into the Engine…
The first of the troublesome situations you may encounter with the rise of the water level is the danger of water entering the engine. Just 20 centimeters of water elevation is sufficient to reach the undercarriage of your vehicle. If the flood level rises further and reaches the air filter housing position, water may be sucked into the engine through the air intake duct. Since combustion will not occur with water entering the cylinders, the engine will stop, but the engine's internal parts may be damaged.
Disconnecting the Battery Connections of the Submerged Vehicle is a Condition
If the vehicle is submerged, we recommend disconnecting the battery, changing the oil and oil filter, renewing the air filter, and removing the spark plugs before restarting.
The air filter housing should be free of water, the air filter should be replaced, and the spark plugs should be cleaned or replaced.
A few days should have waited for the water, which may remain on the electrical parts, sockets, and wiring and cause short circuits, to dry completely, and then the battery should be reconnected.
Behind the trim panels, in the trunk, under the hood, and in the seats, numerous electronic components can be damaged by water and cause problems in the operation of other systems.
What Happens If Water Gets into the Vehicle Electrical System?
Remember! The most significant damage to your vehicle will be caused by water entering the electrical system. While there may be problems that appear immediately, they may create problems days or even years later. Immediate problems are most likely the result of debris and water in electronic components and connectors, but corrosion can also cause damage over time.
After the battery is reconnected, crank the engine with the spark plugs removed. This will ensure that the remaining water in the cylinders is discharged. Then replace the spark plugs and start the engine. After the engine has run for a few minutes, the engine oil and oil filter should be changed once more.
Do Not Start Engine If Water Gets into Fuel System!
Although it is a closed system, water can enter the fuel system. In such a case, the engine will not start, or even if it does, it will show poor performance. Even after draining and filling the fuel system, the vehicle's performance may gradually degrade due to corrosion in the fuel system. If water enters your vehicle's fuel system, empty the fuel tank, and fill in fresh fuel.
Water Destroys the Braking System!
Another problem that can be experienced with driving may be the decrease in the braking ability of your vehicle. Sediment carried by floodwaters will cause momentary interruptions in braking performance. Another problem with the brake system is that water leaks into the brake system if the front wheels or the brake master center are submerged underwater. On the other hand, water lowers the boiling point of brake fluid, thus reducing its compressibility. So, the brake fluid is now compressible. This will reduce braking efficiency and therefore extend the braking distance. Brake fluid leakage is rare, but it is necessary to check the brake fluid and replace it if necessary.