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Flooded automotive? Right here’s what to do (and what NOT to do)

Throughout Hurricane Ian’s buzz noticed by way of Southwest Florida Wednesday, you may need seen your automotive submerged as much as its home windows, or, worse, floating away from its parking spot.

Will you have the ability to drive it once more?

That is dependent upon whether or not your automotive took in contemporary water or salt water, says Mike Boudreau of T&D Automotive Companies, a longtime North Naples auto restore enterprise.

However the very first thing to do, he emphasised, is name your insurance coverage firm. For individuals who have or can get hold of images of the automotive throughout the storm, these are handy, however not crucial, in making a injury declare.

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Then, Boudreau, who has been within the restore enterprise since 1986, provided these suggestions:

Saltwater flooding: Await phrase out of your insurance coverage firm in regards to the extent of protection. Saltwater injury might practically require rebuilding the automotive, he stated, as a result of it accelerates rusting.

“They’re in all probability not going to wish to repair it. Injury like that may very well be 1000’s of {dollars} in elements and components. There will be mildew on the upholstery. You’ll have to exchange all that upholstery,” he stated. “All of the computer systems and wiring — all elements within the automotive — will be topic to rust. In the event you had a automotive in three ft of water there’s in all probability no repairing it.

“Even when the automotive begins, that rust does not cease. Two to 3 months from now you begin having all these issues. The computer systems are failing, the followers will not be working. Issues begin occurring.”

Freshwater flooding: Dry the automotive out first, Boudreau stated.

“Disconnect the battery so not one of the circuits can begin. With any water in your automotive’s elements, it might be like placing your laptop computer, within the bathtub and making an attempt to begin up the laptop computer,” he stated.

Almost every little thing in vehicles now requires a circuit, from ignition to door locks, seat adjusters to home windows to the acquainted radio gear — “Something above the floorboards. You could possibly have 40-50 modules beginning a foot above that. I don’t assume the automotive would catch on hearth or something, however it might short-circuit.”

Subsequent, open doorways and home windows and get air circulation by way of followers. Make sure that the automotive is completely dry earlier than you attempt to drive it.

This house on Isles of Capri burned when an auto battery shorted out beneath the rising water and the automotive exploded, in response to neighbors.

There’s nonetheless no assure the automotive will work, Boudreau stated.

Satirically, T&D was with out energy and wasn’t open Friday, though Boudreau is hoping to reopen Monday on a restricted foundation. His first consideration Monday will likely be to folks with vehicles which have flooded: “These have been most of my calls,” he stated.

Lee Aladin of Collier Cellular Brakes & Oil can be fielding flooded automotive calls. He emphasised folks additionally ought to examine their oil and transmission dipsticks for indicators of water in these fluids. They need to  be drained and refilled with contemporary fluids in the event that they’ve taken on water.

“Examine your air filter, too,” he warned. If it has both water or dust,  a brand new one is required.

Harriet Howard Heithaus writes for the Naples Every day Information/naplesnews.com. Attain her at 239-213-6091.

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