In most cases, you can repair a flood damaged car. However, depending on the extent of water damage, repairing your flood damaged car may not your best option.
Tips for Repairing Your Flood Damaged Car
Repairing the damage from water in your car is possible but will require a lot of effort. Depending on how much damage there is, it will also require a lot of money. Therefore, most car owners decide to sell their flood damaged car to a junk car buyer like CarScrappers.
We like to educate our customers so they can make a choice that works best for them. Here are a few tips for car owners who want to learn how to repair a flood damaged car.
- Drying Out the Car – Your first step will be to allow the car to dry out completely. When moisture sits inside a humid car it can quickly create mold. You’ll want to make sure that the carpet, upholstery, rubber, and insulation are completely dry. Once it dries out, check for mold or the smell of mildew. You’ll need to have your interior deeply cleaned or reinstalled if there’s any.
- Disassembling and Cleaning the Dash – If your car was completely submerged in water, chances are some of the components on your dashboard are damaged. You will need to disassemble the dashboard and clean all the working parts off. All electrical components need to be cleaned with an anti-corrosion solution to prevent crud from building up and causing damage. Remove the speedometer cables, drain any water, and lubricate them before reinstalling.
- Clean Wiring, Window Regulators, & Seat Channels – Clean and lubricate the seat channels and window regulators.
- Wipe Entire Interior – Once the car has dried out and if there’s no presence of mold, wipe down the entire interior of the car. Use a mild detergent and some bleach to kill off any bacteria. Then allow it to dry out once more.
- Check the Engine – Pull the dipstick and check to see if there is water or mud present. If you find some, this means your engine was submerged in water as well. Drain the oil and clean any mud from the engine. Remove the exhaust system so that they can drain. If there is mud present, you will need to wash them off.
- Exhaust – Check the cylinders on the exhaust ports. If there’s water in them, vacuum it out. If you locate mud inside the engine, remove the heads and clean the cylinders and then spray them with lubricant.
- Clean Fans – If there is mud clogging up the fans of your car’s cooling system you’ll want to clean it as well as the ac condenser.
- Alternator Replacement – You can’t clean the alternator in your car. If there was a lot of water damage, you will simply have to get it replaced.
- Clean the Brakes – The braking system components need thorough cleaning. Disassemble the drum brakes and clean out the parts.
- Transmission – Check the vents of your transmission to see if water has seeped into them. Drain all the gear oils. If you see muddy water, have a mechanic take the transmission apart to clean and drain it before refilling it.
- Check the Frame – The car’s frame is hollow with holes in it. This means it probably has a lot of water and debris in it. Using a pressure washer, push fresh water into the frame to flush out the dirty water. If there are already signs of rusting however, repairing the frame of a flood damaged car can cost a lot.
- Fuel Tank – Finally, check the fuel tank. You’ll probably have to remove the tank so that you can thoroughly clean it.
Learning how to repair a flood damaged car is a lot, but again, not impossible. Now once you’ve done all of this, you can cross your fingers and try starting the car up. If it runs well, you may be fine for a while. You must simply obtain a salvage certificate to continue driving the flood damaged car. Most end up having problems with flood damaged cars months down the line and ultimately end up selling their flood damaged car for cash.
If you’d rather cut your losses and sell your flood damaged car for cash, give CarScrappers a call at (855) 929-0828 for your free instant quote.