Published on April 3rd, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Flooded Mercedes S-Class selling cheap very soon
This was a sad sight to see last night at the Bukit Jalil LRT station tunnel when the rains came in heavy and hard and many drivers around Klang Valley were caught unaware when traffic came to a standstill in low lying areas as flood waters rose fast.
What To Do With Your Flood Damaged Car
- First and most important thingis to not attempt to start your flood damaged car. Even if your car is stillfinanced and has 1st party insurance you need to be cautious.
- Attempting to start your flooddamaged car could damage it further (beyond repair).
- Check with your insurancecompany on what are your claim options. Most insurance companies will considerthe car totaled (damaged beyond economically-reasonable repair) if waterreaches the bottom of the dashboard.
- Your insurance company willprobably be ‘super’ busy with calls and claims, so it’s a good idea to startthe process early.
- Start drying the interior. Ifwater got inside the car, mold will grow quickly. Start by opening the doorsand windows and putting towels on the floor to soak up water, but you shouldplan on replacing anything that got wet, including carpets, floor mats, doorpanels, seat padding and upholstery.
- Check your engine oil and theair filter. If you see droplets of water on the engine oil dipstick or thelevel of the oil is high, or if the air filter has water in it, do not attemptto start the engine. Have it towed to a mechanic to have the water cleared andthe fluids changed.
- Check all the other fluids.Fuel systems on newer cars are usually sealed, but older cars may need to havetheir fuel systems drained. Brake, clutch, power steering and coolantreservoirs should be checked for water contamination.
- Check all of the electricalsystems. If the engine looks OK to start, check everything electrical:Headlights, turn signals, air conditioning, stereo, power locks, windows andseats, even the interior lights.
- Check around the wheels andtires. Before attempting to move the car, look for debris lodged around thewheels, brakes and underbody.
- Beware of flood-damagedreplacements parts coming from car junkyards and scrap dealers.