Spot-on and timely First Aid saves lives. The same goes for cars caught in floods. Dirt, mud, and water can seriously damage even partially submerged vehicles. Shortstop the inevitable signs of wear and tear, or corrosion with these helpful tips:
- Do not attempt to start or run your car. Immediately disconnect the battery from the terminals to lessen further damage on electrical and electronic components.
- Check the engine oil indicator via the engine dipstick. If the reading is too high, this may mean that there’s water in the engine.
- Determine the length of time and the depth, and the kind of water that inundated your car (e.g., muddy water). This immediately clues you in on the extent of the damage.
- Do not clean your vehicle just yet. If your car insurance contains special coverage for such events, first take photos of your damaged car, especially of the parts that were affected (e.g., engine, exterior, interior). Submit these photos along with your vehicle registration and receipts related to car repairs when processing insurance claims.
- If water has seeped into your car’s interior, then remove as much of it as you can. A dank environment is conducive to the growth of mildew as well as other harmful bacteria. Give your car time to dry.
- Have your vehicle towed immediately to your nearest authorized dealer and service center. The longer you wait, the more expensive it might cost you to have your vehicle serviced and your upholstery and carpeting cleaned by professional interior detailers.
- Trust the experts. Have a qualified expert technician check the mechanical components, such as the engine, transmission, axles, and brake, fuel and steering systems, for water contamination. The technician can drain flood water from contaminated mechanical systems, as well as remove and replace important vehicle fluids, like oil, and those used for transmission, brakes, and power steering. Have your electrical system, engine computers, and other electronic devices checked, too, as these may need replacing. Remember that corrosion and oxidation can hamper your car’s performance within weeks, even if all the components have already been cleaned.
In response to the recent catastrophe caused by Typhoon Maring, Hyundai launches F.I.R.S.T. (Fast & Immediate Rescue and Service Team), an emergency assistance service for customers whose Hyundai vehicles were affected by the floods. This service offers 24/7 roadside aid, emergency towing and immediate referral to authorized Hyundai Service Centers.
Get your car FIRST Aid. Call (632) 822-3301.