Flooding, Heavy Rains Could Cause Expensive Vehicle Damage

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  If you found yourself driving through even a slightly flooded area during this week’s rains, your car could have water damage.

While superficial water damage is obvious , it is often what happens under the hood that can cause thousands of dollars in damage.

“If you have water in your engine or transmission, it can fail, and you might be looking at [buying] a new engine or transmission,” said Chris Jarvis, general manager at LBJ Automotive.

Jarvis says he believes the average driver probably does not know the full extent of damage that can be caused by water.

“You want to check your oil, your transmission fluid, break fluid, power steering fluid, any fluids you`ll wanna check. Check your air filter, and your belts,” listed Jarvis.

In addition to all of that, your electrical systems – airbags, lights, windshield wipers – are particularly susceptible to water damage.

So what to do?

If you know how, you can check the oils and fluids of your car for inconsistencies, yourself by look for fluids that are milky, diluted, or discolored. However, you do not know what to look for, your best bet is to take it into a shop just to be safe.

Jarvis says if you have even the slightest suspicion that the standing water you drove through may have gotten into the car, get it checked.

Jarvis says it can save you money down the road, by preventing long-term damage.

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