My Car Got Flooded

My Car Got Flooded


rev up your engines today in large part due to the flooding
we had in Houston this week I’m gonna talk about flooded cars now of course
the first thing I’ll say about flooded cars is try not to get your car flooded
in the first place modern cars are pretty close to the ground then of that
much clearance you never want to drive in water that’s more than say halfway up
your tire at max water although it is somewhat compressible it’s not much you get air and gas sprayed into your engine to run the engine they can compress a
whole bunch the water only a tiny bit then it stays solid so what happens is
well the Pistons are going up if there’s water sucked in there it’s got nowhere
to go so it’s still spinning the engine the crankshaft will hold on to the
piston rod rod will Bend the Energy’s got to go somewhere and the weakest
thing is the piston rod the head and the block are pretty strong but the piston
rod is the thinnest part so as it’s being pushed
it’ll just Bend and once it’s bend good-by engine its called Hydro locking
and the air intakes on modern cars are pretty low more efficient for better gas
mileage but here’s your filter but they ever sucked down way under here so you
drive a water and it sucks that water into the engine realize that even if you
only halfway up the tire there people drive by with a truck waves come up the
waves get high the waves get sucked into your engine goodbye engine so Park on
high ground if there’s a storm coming a big parking ramp up in the air drive up
Park it there go have a drink eat something in a restaurant don’t think oh
I gotta make it through and I’m gonna forward through the water because you’ll
end up like people on I45 here in houston they drove and then when I
got to the underpass the water was coming up so they stopped well guess
what there’s hundreds or thousands of cars behind them they’re stuck there
sitting in their car there’s the water the water keeps rising rising ventually
covers their cars and all the cars behind them you don’t want to get stuck
in a situation like that in the first place but if you
do here’s some tips if you’ve driven through water or say your car was parked
and you think it might have gone in water the first thing you want to do is
take off the air filter cover check the air filter check the filter see if it’s
dry like this one or soaking wet if it’s soaking wet water got in there don’t
even try to start the car either towed to a mechanic or take out the spark
plugs you pull them all on to their holes
so then there’s no pressure to be built up when you crank the engine so now if
there’s any water the engine will just suck it in and spit it out the spark
plug tube holes and you put the spark plugs in after the water is gone well plenty of water came out and also
check your engine oil if you see that it’s milky or it’s way over full that
means water got in the engine and it floats the oil floats on top of the
water you’ll see the oil level is too high you don’t want to start a car cause
if that water gets in the engine and starts being pumped through it can ruin
stuff but if it just got in and you haven’t started it you can drain it all
out before it does any damage and if you do have an automatic transmission like
this matrix where you can actually check the fluid check the transmission fluid
to because water destroys automatic transmissions you do not want water an
automated transmission and if some got in and it wasn’t run you drain it it’s
fine but once you start it and it pumps that water mix of water and transmission
fluid it gets in a transmission and ruins things really fast now if you’ve
got a nice car it’s best to have full coverage because insurance companies if your car is in a flood and the water gets up to the dash they’re gonna total
that car and you’ll get you money out of it but any modern car once it gets that
kind of water and if you don’t have insurance playing with the devil trying to
get that thing running because all the electronics in them if they aren’t
ruined now they can be soon or even a year to completely ruin there’s an
example of one of my customers he had a Volkswagens yeah I can’t stand them
anyways but he towed it over here and it’s not running so I start checking
things it’s all kinds of problems and I’m working on he comes by after a couple hours I’m swearing at the thing he says what you swearing about I said
your stupid car I fix one thing and then another thing is still wrong it’s
driving me nuts so what does he say to me he says oh scotty didn’t I tell ya a year and a half ago I had it parked on the street and
water came in through the windows on the side that’s how deep it got and I said
why didn’t you tell me this in the first place
I would have told you to junk the car then because it took a year and a half
but then all the electronics started to fry corrosion got on once corrosion
starts here it just keeps going and going and going not took a year and a
half but it was towed to the junkyard after that you’re not looking at a long
term car if the water gets up to the dash that’s why they told them with insurance
companies say it isn’t you’re car that flooded out but you’re looking at
buying a used car and you’re worried that it might have been flooded in the
past here’s how you can check a bunch of stuff first just go in the car and if it
smells like mold bacteria just walk just leave don’t buy it look under the dash
should be reasonably clean under there and not covered with rust if all these
nuts and bolts are rusted under there hey water got in at some period of time
they’ll turn the key on make sure the check engine light comes on like this
with the key on in the car not running that light should be on the car gets
flooded out a trick of a lot of mechanics is they’ll take the dash out
dry with a hairdryer if the check engine light stays on if it’s got a bulb
they’ll take the bulb out or they’ll short it out with 120 volts since it’s a
12 volt bulb it’ll pop or if it’s LED look at an ice pick and they’ll snap the
LED so that light doesn’t come on if the light doesn’t come home and you turn it
on there’s really suspicious stuff then you don’t buy the car of course you want
to hook up a scan tool anyways or have a mechanic do it to check it out but you
turn it on that light doesn’t come on just walk away you don’t even think
about buying it there’s too many possibilities that it was in a flood and
has serious electrical problems and of course there’s they’ll check the trunk
for water lift up all the crap that’s in here in this case we got an unlock at
first look inside now this one is nice and dark and clear and will look even
further we’ll look inside here take all the stuff out
of the way see if there’s any water or rust stuck
anywhere the carpets look under inside see if there’s mold see if you
smell anything and here’s a really good trick to make it comfortable
there’s Jute under here you can feel it it’s just like the underlayment your
carpet in your house if you push or pull it up and you don’t even see any Jute
it’s all gone and don’t buy the car because when cars get flooded out
they’re gonna stink you got to pull all the seats out take all the rugs which
usually rug assemblies out and then the jute that’s under it is polluted with
the dirty water you take that you throw it away now you’re supposed to buy new
jute and put it all back together when it’s cleaned and dried but many guys are
lazy so when they put it back together they don’t put the Jute in now so it won’t
be as cushy when you step on it that’s no big deal in itself but if there’s
nothing there it was built with it they’re the only reason someone would
take all that stuff out was cuz it flooded out and got ruined and if they
didn’t put it back in don’t buy it odds are that car’s been flooded and be very
leery when you’re buying a used car from somebody you don’t know there’s lots of
disreputable people I know a guy years ago he went from Texas to Jersey bought a
bunch of Hurricane sandy cars cheap brought them to Houston he had his son put them up on the lift they were draining the transmissions and
engines I watched the water come out they had five or six dash units on their
workbench he was drying them with a hairdryer and
I even said you know what the liabilities are for you selling a
flooded car like somebody if they’re big doesn’t work and they get killed you’re
gonna be responsible hey and the son just responded to me ah none of it’s in
our name we sell them through third parties make sure that the person who’s
selling you the car is the one who’s got the name on the title because if it’s a
third party seller a lot of those are flooded or wrecked cars had one customer he called me up he was gonna by using Mercedes and he was meeting the guy in a Sears parking lot and I said to him are you serious that you’re gonna get
$15,000 cash to some clown in a Sears parking lot and then he said yes Scotty
what was I thinking sometimes people don’t think you gotta think when you’re
buying two used cars and now you know a little bit about flooded cars how to
avoid it in the first place and how to definitely avoid buying
a used flooded car, so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair
videos, remember to ring that Bell

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