The article below shows how you can prevent as well as protect your car against flood.
During the rainy season, the problem most car drivers is water overflowing into the car, which affects the interior as well as the car engine. The following basic steps will help car owners know what to do before taking their soaked vehicle for maintenance service.
Most countries usually experience flood when it rains. When you are moving on flooded roads, you must drive at a slow pace to prevent the water splashing on the sensitive electronics of the car which can get damage easily.
- Take actions on the seats and floor coverings
The car seats are usually made of leather or upholstery. When there’s too much moisture in the air, these parts are very receptive to unpleasant odour, especially for car seats made of upholstery, the material is very sensitive, as such must be treated carefully. You can use the brush along with cleaning liquid or alcohol to clean the car seats so as to eliminate the odour quickly.
In addition, the floor, chair, sound insulation of the floor must be removed and washed of the dirt that must have clogged around them during the flood.
The car seats need to be washed with the specialized washing machine to ensure that it is as clean as the original state when bought. Repairers will pump chemical and water into the furniture and then use the machine to drain off the dirty water. This operation will be repeated many times. When cleaned, the cushions, chairs, and flooring will be dried by autoclaving or drying. After that, the technician will remove the drainage holes on the car floor to release the water and dry the floor. Complete this with the reinstalled interior and use an aromatherapy cleanser to brush the interior. You might also want to check out to make sure you won’t leave anywhere dirty.
- Clean the floor.
The car maintenance expert’s advices that, when water sips into the door and the floor area of the car, it forms mini water reservoirs at the base of the car, where water cannot escape by itself.
The base of the car is made of metal and treated with soundproof materials, so it’s really secure. If water is trapped there for long, the air conditioning ducts will get dirty and clogged, then allows the dirty water get into the duct.
It is very important that we apply lubricant or grease to the bolts or screws that got immersed in water during the flood, because they can get rust quickly. Finally, ensure the entire car system gets dried using a dryer which would get to all the hidden parts quickly.
- Check the power control system.
Ensure you check the plugs and wiring system circuits around the vehicle body and in the central platform that are prone to fire if water condensation present. You should ensure joints and power outlets must be dried and tested to ensure contact capacity is still intact and there is current continuity on them.
You would notice that water will build up around the door and the trunk area if the water level is high enough, which will affect the operation of the wires and speakers. Interior restoration has to include this area.
- Scan the controlling system for any fault code.
In most of the luxury vehicles manufactured lately, the central platform is where most of the complex control systems are been positioned, such as the intelligent control system, gearbox, conversation system etc. The process of hygiene must be handled with proper care. The most vulnerable parts to flood are the seat’s button along with the smaller motors and mechanism inside it. When the flood sips into the car, it might damage the motor and paralyze the seat controlling system.
When vacuuming, drying and servicing of the details of the lighting and electrical systems also check the operational state of them to ensure there is no short circuit and they are working optimally. Also, ensure you check for possible risks where the wires are exposed or corroded at the contact points of the wire system which can lead to spark and in turn set the car on fire. In particular, the indispensable operation for high-end cars is to re-setup the system by a damage detector.
Don’t wait for your car to get flooded to before you take actions, always ensure you prevent it. If peradventure it happens, kindly follow the basic steps mentioned above before taking your car for maintenance.