Driving Through a Flood

A customer of ours has prompted me to write this article as he phoned yesterday to say his car would not start after he drove it through a flood, funny that.

It is likely over the next month that you will encounter some flood water on the roads of Pattaya. My first bit of advice would be Do not drive unless your journey is absolutely necessary. If you must go out take a different route where possible.

If you have to drive in a flooded area take care. Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth.

Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a bow wave, and allow on-coming traffic to pass first.

Keep the engine revving by slipping the clutch otherwise water in the exhaust could stall the engine. In automatic cars try to go through at an even pace so you are constantly on the accelerator.

The air intake on many modern cars is located low down at the front of the engine bay and it only takes a small quantity of water sucked into the engine to cause serious damage. All engines are affected but turbo-charged and diesel engines are most vulnerable.

If the vehicle has been stood in the flooded area for any prolonged period contact us at Pattaya Rent a Car for further advice.

If the vehicle has only been in a flood for a short period, drive with extreme caution and take the car to be checked at the earliest opportunity.

If you have been driving through flood water, even if your vehicle seems fine, take time to check it over before driving it again.

  1. First, walk around your vehicle looking for any obvious scratches, bumps, cracks or things hanging off.
  2. Next, check the interior for damage. Look at the upholstery, carpets and door panels for areas of damp. If you find damp patches, don’t be tempted to just leave them to dry out – this will result in a rather unpleasant musty, damp smell. Instead, bring your vehicle to us and have it professionally cleaned and dried.
  3. Check the engine oil and transmission fluid. If the fluid on the dipstick looks diluted, milky or beige, then water has got in. It is advisable not to drive your vehicle at this point, as it may cause further damage to the internal components of the car. Instead contact us at Pattaya Rent a Car and we will have it towed to our garage for repair.
  4. Check the air filter. If it is damp, replace it and change the oil.
  5. Take a bit of time to look underneath the vehicle for stuck-on dirt, mud, grass and bits of debris. If you spot any, wash it off as soon as possible to avoid it causing damage to the undercarriage.
  6. The brake system is crucial so it is best to take it to your nearest garage to have it professionally checked.
  7. Check the lights and indicators for rust and water damage. If there is water in them, replace the bulb.
  8. While the engine is running, listen for any abnormal running sounds, and have them checked out as soon as possible.

Remember – It is better to go through the time and costs of checking your vehicle now, rather than wait until the vehicle is in need of greater repair, or causes an accident.