If your car was flooded: AAA information on repairs
Viewer submitted picture: Flash Flooding at parking lot of Crossroads Mall
We saw dozens of cars partially or fully underwater during Wednesday's flash flooding across the Roanoke Valley.
And with the possibility of additional flash flooding Thursday, Friday, and beyond, we e-mailed AAA Mid-Atlantic for information you can use for help in repairing a flood damaged car.
From AAA Mid-Atlantic:
many cases, insurance companies will "total" a flood damaged vehicle when the
vehicle is covered by a policy with comprehensive coverage
a car has been completely submerged, extensive disassembly may be needed for a
parts of a car are difficult to clean and dry because they are too
difficult to access
locks, window mechanisms, wiring harnesses, heating and air conditioning
components and many other small devices are tucked away in hidden spaces
systems are particularly vulnerable to flood water damage. Engine
computers, sensors and other electrical devices can sometimes be salvaged but
unless they are thoroughly cleaned and dried, problems caused by corrosion may
occur months after flood damage.
repairs are done after a vehicle is subjected to flood damage, these components
may work initially only to fail later due to contamination.
AAA warns motorists that cars damaged by flood
water should not be started until a thorough inspection is completed. Car
owners should contact their insurance company to determine the extent of
coverage before seeking repairs.
attempting to start a flood-damaged car, AAA suggests the following:
Inspect all mechanical components, including the engine, transmission, axles,
brake system and fuel system for water contamination
•Drain flood water from contaminated mechanical systems and flush with clean
water or a solvent as appropriate
Drain and replace all contaminated fluids, such as oil, transmission fluid,
brake fluid, and power steering fluid and anti-freeze as applicable