How a Car Gets Flooded

It’s hurricane season, and a lot of our clients are getting water damage to their cars, and they’re not sure what to do. First off if your car has been flooded out DO NOT TURN THE KEY AND START YOUR ENGINE. IF there is water in the engine and you do this, say goodbye to a functionally working engine.

There are two things you should do, one you should take it to us. But before that, check for these tell tale signs and maybe you can skip the trip all together!

What to do if you Suspect your Car is Flooded

First, you need to confirm Water is in the Engine

A car that has been flooded out doesn’t necessarily mean that water has been absorbed into the engine. To see if there has actually been water in the engine, you need to check these places.

Check your Dipstick and Transmission Fluids

flooded engine Dipstick – The dipstick determines how much oil is in your engine. If the dipstick is a clear fluid and shoved all the way to the top of the hilt, then there is water in the system or a gratuitous amount of oil. Both are bad for business.

Transmission Fluid – The transmission fluid is typically a bright red to a burnt brown depending on how long it’s been available. If it seems diluted or watery, you should probably contact a mechanic.

How to Prevent Your Flooded Car from Breaking Down

Water Causes systems To break from pressure and imbalance

When there is water in your system, it causes a crazy imbalance and can cause excess pressure from building up in the system. When this happens, the engines which are calibrated to specific weights and fluid amounts will over or under compensate and damage the parts.

how to save a flooded engine

Take it to the Mechanic – The mechanic will know the best things to do. They will do all if not more steps to save the engine as possible. But if you are bullheaded about doing it yourself try this. THIS COULD WORK, BUT WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THIS WILL FIX YOUR ENGINE WE RECOMMEND TAKING IT TO A MECHANIC.

Spark Plugs Remove Pressure – The best way I’ve seen is to remove the spark plugs before trying to start your car. This will shoot the water out of the system, and then you will simply need to drain the oil and transmission fluid and replace it with new ones.

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