- Check your oil level. If the oil level reading appears too high there may be water in your engine. If this is the case, don’t start your engine or you could risk doing major damage. If you’re an AA Member call the AA on 0818 667788 for assistance.
- Determine how deep the flood water that your car was submerged in was. Depending on the depth you may not have anything to worry about. However if it was badly submerged don’t start your car until a qualified technician such as an AA Patrol has thoroughly inspected your car. Extensive disassembly may be required for a thorough cleaning. Dirt and grit particles contained in flood water can be abrasive to your vehicle’s components.
AA Ireland offers advice to owners of flooded vehicles
Following Monday’s flash floods in Ulster and Leinster in particular, AA Rescue has been particularly busy in the Dublin and East coast areas with water damaged vehicles. The AA is now advising motorists whose vehicles have been partially or fully submerged in flood water to inspect their vehicles for signs of damage. “On Monday evening we had numerous call outs to cars that had driven through flood water and stalled.” Says Noel Keogh, Head of AA Rescue. “Cars were also being abandoned on roads in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and other counties. We were still dealing with the backlog by Tuesday morning, when we had a fresh surge of car breakdowns and cars refusing to start. We can almost always repair them on the spot but unfortunately some motorists had done permanent damage to their engines by taking too big a risk with floods.” "The engine's air intake on many cars is lower down at the front of the car than many people realize and it can take just an egg cupful of water in the combustion chamber to wreck an engine.” Says Keogh. “Water doesn't compress and the piston in effect hits a wall, bending or breaking a con rod. Driving fast, even if the intake's above the water level could cause water to be ingested." While not always the case, water can cause extensive damage to a vehicle and its electrical system including your door locks, window mechanics and air conditioning are particularly vulnerable. With this in mind, AA Patrols who have been tasked to hundreds of vehicles with water contaminated engines and is advising concerned motorists to run through the following check list to assess for damage. AA Rescue Checklist post flood vehicle check list: