Floodwaters swamped the Cypress & Houston areas, turning neighborhood streets and busy main streets into rivers. What should you do in the event that your vehicle has been flooded? Should you call your insurance company? Is your car ruined? Where should you take it?
If your car was flooded, here’s what you should do:
- Do not start your car until a thorough inspection and cleaning has been completed.
- Immediately (or as soon as conditions allow) get the car as dry as possible to reduce the amount of time that water is in contact with your car’s components.
- Write down the highest level the water reached in your vehicle. This will help Lucas Auto Care determine the extent of the damage, as well as assist in repairs.
- Contact Lucas Auto Care to inspect and evaluate the mechanical and electrical components of your vehicle.
- Have your car flushed and replace ALL fluids, filters, and gaskets that were exposed to water. Your car may drive okay now, but the longer you go, the more you increase your chances of more serious damage.
- Get your vehicle’s padding and insulation replaced. The risk of mold developing in your car and making you sick is not worth waiting.
- Stop in at Lucas Auto Care to have a thorough cleaning of brake parts. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, you may also need to have your bearings repacked. Again, your safety is worth the cost.
Lucas Auto Care gets you back on the road!
In some cases, water damage to your car can surface up to 90 days after the flood occurred, when electrical and mechanical parts begin to corrode. Don’t wait!