Understanding how water damages electrical components and what to do when your car sustains water damage
The car alternator doesn't like water. The sudden dousing can cause short circuits and other electrical problems, which will make the vehicle less safe to drive and more susceptible to breakdown. So if you've been driving through a flood, you should always stop as soon as possible and turn off the engine.
What is water damage?
Water damage can happen to any automobile, but it's most common in cars that are parked outside or near the ground. When water seeps into the car, it may short circuit an electrical component. If you suspect your car has sustained water damage, stop using it and have it towed to a mechanic for inspection.
How does water damage car components?
Whenever water penetrates an electrical component, it can cause corrosion and other damages. The water damages components like the battery and the alternator. If you come into contact with a car that has been submerged in water, your first step should be to turn off the engine and make sure all of the doors are closed. Next, pull out any visible power cables from any electrical components and remove all batteries if possible. Once you've done this, take a look for sparks or anything else that could be dangerous before trying to do anything else.
How do I know if my car has water damage?
If your car was submerged in water, there will be an obvious sign of damage. If you can't tell, check your headlights and taillights to make sure they are working properly. They should not be dim or flickering.
What should I do if my car sustains water damage?
If your car sustains water damage, it is important to act quickly. You may be able to save your car by drying off any wet parts with a towel. If you are unable to dry the electrical components yourself, bring it to a repair shop as soon as possible.
When it comes to water damage, time is important. If your vehicle sustains water damage within 12 hours, the only action you need to take is a good detailing. If your car was exposed to water after 12 hours, there are a few more steps that need to be taken. First you must remove as much of the standing water as possible from the car's interior and engine compartment. Next you should check all of the electrical connections for corrosion and clean them with a cleaner designed for removing corrosion.
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