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13 Mar 2019

Do the Following Things If the Car Is Submerged in Flood

Do the Following Things If the Car Is Submerged in Flood - Asura


The rainy season in Indonesia normally occurs in October-April with the highest rainfall intensity occurring in December and January. The main enemy we face in the rainy season is flooding. Some big cities in Indonesia, such as Jakarta, are prone to flooding due to drainage, which can no longer accommodate the burden of the city because of the large number of occupants, office complexes, and vehicles.

Anticipating the rainy season and floods, we need to understand how to handle a situation if the car has been flooded. Here are the steps:

Immediately Disconnect the Battery Cable When the Car Is Flooded

By removing the battery cable, you avoid additional risk. This is the first emergency step when caught in a flood. Short circuit from electric current can damage electronic components inside, especially if your car has a new output, which is now fully automated and relies on electricity network transmission.

Push the car, don't turn it on

The condition of the car submerged by flood is an emergency. So, the car must be pushed to the side or to a place that is not flooded. Don't try to start the car. It is very dangerous because starting the car's engine can cause a short circuit and get water into the engine.

Immediately Turn Off the Handbrake

Deactivating the car's brake aims to prevent the canvas brake from sticking. This is similar to when you put your car in neutral when you leave it. Instead, use a rock or put it in first gear, so as to avoid the car does from being carried by the flood current or anything else. This condition is for manual transmission cars or those still using drum brakes. Automatic transmission can be put in parking position.

Don't Forget to Drain the Gas Tank

Besides oil, gasoline is also at risk of being mixed with flood water. If you can do it yourself, drain your car's gas tank to make sure the gasoline is not mixed with water. The water that mixes with gasoline has the potential to cause rust in the tank part of your car, which disrupts the ignition system and makes the gas tank porous and prone to leaking in the long run.

Dry Ignition Components Like Plugs, Carburetors and Other Components

Some ignition components such as spark plugs, air filters, carburetors, coils, alternators, delco (distributors) vulnerable cables are damaged by flood water. Dry these components and all other car components related to electricity. Also check whether it can still function normally or there is interference. If you are not careful and the ignition component is not working optimally, your car is prone to breaking down on the road. Do not let this happen because it can lead to greater costs and problems for you.

If your vehicle uses ECU components, immediately bring it to the official workshop, because the ECU component is very sensitive and is at risk of fatal damage due to flood water. The cost is quite high if this part is hit by a flood.

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