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While floods are one potential culprit of car water damage, there are several ways in which a car may be damaged by water. Driving a car through deep water can cause water damage to one's car. Additionally, leaving the windows down, doors open, or hood up may also expose one's care to serious water damage. The extent of the damage will be dependent upon the length of time in which the car is either submerged in water or allowed to remain wet. Floods are particularly disastrous to a car because of the extended period of time the car remains in the water. Both the mechanics and interior materials can be affected by water damage.
When dealing with car water damage, individuals need to inspect engine, transmission, and brake fluids. Because water can become mixed with these fluids, it will be important to determine if the fluids have been compromised. If these fluids appear to be diluted or have a milky or beige appearance, it will be necessary to replace the fluids before driving the car. Additionally, the brake system will need to be dried thoroughly before driving the car as well. Completely drying the car's braking systems will be especially important if the car has been submerged in water for any length of time.
Even though the fabric of the car will generally dry on its own, there are a host of problems that could result from car water damage. Water and moisture will typically seep into the materials of a car with water damage. While the surface may appear dry, moisture may still remain in the deeper parts of the fabrics or materials. This moisture may precipitate the growth of mold and mildew. Not only will the car have an unpleasant odor due to these growths, but it could also present a potential health hazard. The car's interior will need to be completely dried and, in some cases, may need to be replaced altogether.