In this quick fix video, Auto mechanic for the last 49 years, Scotty Kilmer, shows how you can save your car if it’s been flooded. There are many things you need to check on your car if it’s been flooded BEFORE you try to start the car.
Learn how to you can attempt to get a flooded out car running again. Sometimes you can get lucky and with a few simple tests and oil changing, you can get it going again.No, in almost all cases. If the car was only in a few inches of water that didn’t rise past the bottom of the body, maybe.
Water higher than that can get into wires, transmission parts, the exhaust or other places. Deeper water could enter the cylinders that surround the pistons. Trying to start the car could bend parts that connect the pistons to the rest of the drive train.Don’t try to start the car. If there’s water in the engine, transmission or fuel system, you’ll just compound the damage.
Disconnect the battery ground strap first-you must do this, otherwise you’ll fry something.If the engine looks OK to start, check everything electrical.A flood-damaged car can experience problems months or even years after the event. If your car is a borderline case, consider pushing your insurance company to declare the car a total loss.