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Flooded car – what should be done?

Flooded car – what should be done? - image

If for any reason the car has been flooded, the following steps should be taken.

  • Take out and secure the battery so that short circuits in the electrical system are prevented.
  • Take out and dry wet parts of the upholstery
  • Dry, possibly in the sun, with the doors open, the inside of the car and the boot. Newspapers can also be used. Spread on the floor, they will absorb the dampness.
  • If the engine has been flooded with water, which is now in the cylinders, it should be removed. How to check that? If the oil level is raised above the top mark on the dipstick, water has most probably penetrated the cylinders. Turn off the release plug in the sump and release the water with some of the oil. Better still, exchange both the oil and the filter.
  • Remove water from the sparking plugs with a cloth or syringe, but don’t screw them out as cylinders may be flooded in this manner. The damp air filter should be exchanged, sparking leads dried and the top wall of the battery – cleaned.
  • Don’t start the engine before you dry it, as it will be ruined. In order to control the situation, unscrew the sparking plugs and put a wooden stick inside. If it comes out wet, there’s water in the cylinder.
  • Check all corners of the car – stale, dirty water will damage all of its elements.
  • After a few hours in the sun, try to start the car. If there is water in the tank, it should be emptied. In order to remove the remains of water from the tank, pour 100-200ml of alcohol inside. The engine, once started, should be heated – this will effectively dry the engine chamber and the electric circuits.