This rainy season, floods hit some areas in Jabodetabek. Floods caused by the high intensity of rain at the beginning of this month had an impact on motorized vehicles, both cars and motorbikes. Motorcycles and cars that are submerged in floods will cause a decrease in the intrinsic value of the vehicle, such as corrosion, worn out engines, and others.
So, what are the next steps you should take if your vehicle is submerged in a flood? Don't panic, here are tips for dealing with the problem of cars being flooded in the style of BFI Finance.
10 Ways to Overcome a Car Submerged in Flood
1. Disconnect the Battery Cable from the Car
We recommend that, after the car is submerged in a flood, you immediately remove the battery cable from the connector cable to prevent a short circuit or short circuit. Make sure that all electrical conditions of your car are dry. You should also check the color of your engine oil. If the color is not black, you have to drain it because the oil has been contaminated with water which has an impact on the lubricity and rust of the engine.
2. Don't Start the Car When it's Flooded
Do not occasionally start the car engine when the car is submerged in a flood. If the condition of your car is flooded, it will increase the possibility of a short circuit and make more water enter the car. Move your car to a dry and safe place by simply pushing it.
3. Dry the Car Ignition System
In addition to checking the battery to prevent a short circuit, it's a good idea to check the ignition of the car which includes spark plugs, carburetor, alternator, air filter, and delco cable. The ignition of this car is quite easily damaged if submerged in a flood. So, as soon as possible, dry the car's ignition so that it is not easily damaged.
If one of the ignition components of this car is damaged due to flooding, you can take it directly to the nearest authorized repair shop for more appropriate treatment.
4. Disabling the Handbrake
If your car is parked when it is flooded, release the handbrake lever when the flood recedes. It is also recommended to take the car to a repair shop when the tires are hard to move after you release the brake lever. This happens because the wet drum surface is pinched by the brake position.
5. Clean the Gas Tank
The next step to take if the car is flooded is to drain the gas tank. When the car is submerged in a flood, the gas tank will be easily filled with rainwater. Mixing gasoline with rainwater will cause corrosion or rust on the iron where the gasoline is stored. If the gas filling tank rusts, it will also affect the car's ignition system. So, as soon as possible for you to clean the gas tank yourself or take it to the nearest repair shop.
6. Check Car Interior
Not only check the engine, but you also have to check the car's interior such as the seats, doors, carpet, dashboard, and others. Clean the upholstery and carpet to avoid unpleasant odors and mildew that cause the appearance to become dull.
7. Drying the Lamp
When the car is submerged in a flood, there is a possibility that the inside of the lamp is exposed to water which can cause a short circuit. Immediately dry the water light that enters the headlights, rear, and inside the car.
8. Dry the car under the sun
The next way to deal with a car that has been submerged in a flood is to dry certain exterior and interior parts in the sun. This activity is certainly more cost-effective when compared to drying using a dryer. However, if there is no sunlight, it never hurts to use the help of a dryer.
9. Take It to the Nearest Authorized Dealer
If you need an expert to check the condition of the engine and interior of your car after being submerged in a flood, you can take it directly to the nearest authorized dealer. All parts of the vehicle will be checked by professionals at the authorized dealer and the costs incurred vary depending on the type of damage to your car if any.
10. Submit a Claim to the Insurance
The last step to dealing with a flooded car is that you can file a claim with insurance if your car is covered by insurance. This claim can be received no later than 72 hours after the flood incident. You can explain in as much detail as possible about the condition of the damage or the condition of the water that submerged the car, you can also ask the insurance company to evacuate the car if your car is no longer possible to drive. It is also recommended that you purchase a separate policy if the car is damaged by flooding and is not covered by insurance.
When a vehicle is submerged in a flood, proper handling is needed so that the damage does not have too big an impact. If first aid has been carried out on your vehicle, of course, this will save on service costs, as well as returning the vehicle in prime condition and ready to be used again.
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