With all the rain happening this summer, driving through water can turn your car into a buoy. Nancy explains what to do when you see flooding.
What are you thinking when you suddenly come upon a lot of water in the road from possibly a hard rainstorm or broken water pipe? Do you think I can drive through that? It doesn’t seem that high. What could possibly happen to my vehicle?
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center and stop right there. Think twice, because you could do damage to your vehicle. If you drive through that high water, your engine can hydro lock. This is when the engine stalls. See your vehicle’s engine acts like a vacuum cleaner and sucks all the water through the air intake. The water gets into the cylinders where the pistons freeze, stopping your engine. Now sometimes there can be so much water in the engine that you’re actually doing damage to the internal components that are irreversible, causing you to start shopping for a new vehicle or getting a new engine.
So, next time you come upon a large pool of water, think first, because first and foremost, be safe. 12 inches of moving water can push your vehicle off the road. So, once you’re safe, avoid the water or stop your engine and get pushed out of the water. See, I’m not doing that. And get somebody to do that for you. Also, stay clear of the large pools of water would be a lot easier. Instead, swim in them during the summer. Keep splashing, just not with your vehicle. If you like my video, thumbs up, press the like button, continue sharing my video. And if you have any comments, put them below. I will answer them. Have a great summer.