First and foremost, the battery system has to be detached from the car, to prevent further damage.

If youre in Bengaluru was your vehicle submerged in the rains Some tips to try and fix it
news Rains Monday, October 16, 2017 - 18:05

With the rains not subsiding over the past few weeks in Bengaluru, waterlogging has been reported from several areas in the city. If you are a resident, it is most likely that your vehicle would have got submerged, either partially or fully.

While the water levels are receding in some parts, vehicle owners are well advised not to rush and make a futile attempt to start their vehicles. According to experts, it is likely to inflict more damage than already caused, as once a car is started in such a condition, more water will be pushed throughout the engine, transmission, brakes and other car parts.

Often, flood-affected cars, especially when waters cross above the engine level, will be rendered non-drivable. However, if you want to try your luck to check if your car has weathered the flood-waters, patience might be your best ally.  

According to Jim Gorzelany, an automotive journalist with Forbes, even though a submerged car might start, its power steering and electrical systems are vulnerable to abrasions, causing premature failure, as floodwater is corrosive.

Ideally, an extensive disassembly is suggested to negate the damages caused to the vehicle, by thorough cleaning through authorized technicians.

However, before professional help arrives and you are on your feet, you can minimize the damage.

First and foremost, the battery system has to be detached from the car, to prevent further damage.

Next, the water has to be drained out of the car manually. There might be residual mud and dirt, which also have to be removed. It is also advisable to siphon out contaminated gear oils.

Hopefully, if your car is of the latest make, it comes with a sealed fuel tank; otherwise you need to clean the fuel tank too.   

Amongst other things, your car’s wheel bearings might also have to be replaced. 

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