St Albans, Herts United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 14, 2008 -- Floods affect countless victims every year. Many of these victims actually drive their car into a flood and put themselves in danger. The costs involved following a flood are massive; the auto industry is not immune. Most notable are insurance companies who pay massive sums âwriting offâ flood damaged cars. Now they do not need to âwrite offâ these cars. Why? Because, Car Doc, a professional mobile car repair firm, are offering a unique and new service to individuals and insurance companies. The proposition is simply, âthey will come to you and get the flooded car started by the roadside. If they cannot start the car, they do not charge any labour costsâ.
Anyone driving their cars into floods can follow these âDo It Yourselfâ steps. If you want more information, it can be found by visiting [http://www.car-docuk.com] .
If the engine is running at high revs and (or) the flood is very deep the engine will hydraulic; this means that following the induction of water on the compression stroke, the engine will lock up as water cannot be compressed. Occasionally, this will cause further issues such as bent con-rods, the risk of which increases if the driver then attempts to crank or start the engine.
If mechanical damage such as this occurs then it isnât a problem that can be repaired roadside.
WHAT TO DO IF FLOOD STALLED?
1. Never Crank the engine. This can easily cause more expensive damage.
2. Remove all induction components i.e. air filter box, air metering devices and all air ducting and disconnect injectors (electrically)
3. Remove Spark Plugs (Petrol engines) or Glow Plugs (Diesel engines)
4. Dismantle as required to allow water to escape from throttle body and inlet manifold.
5. Reverse step 4
6. Crank engine by hand to check timing
7. Crank engine with throttle pedal fully depressed until all water is ejected; but beware of high pressure water being ejected from combustion chambers. Reconnect Injectors
8. Re-fit one spark or glow plug and crank again. The engine should âcoughâ.
9. Re-fit second spark or glow plug and crank again. The engine will âcoughâ and may even run.
10. Re-fit third spark or glow plug and crank again. The engine will probably run.
11. Re-fit the fourth plug and crank again. The engine should run.
12. Ensure all induction components are dry and re-fit using a NEW air filter.
13. Start engine. It should run normally if the engine hunts (faltering revs) the air flow sensor is suspect.
14. Change the oil and oil filter. Mil light may be on so code clearing may be required.
15. Sell the car quickly!
For five, six and eight cylinder engines, the process is the same just repeated for each cylinder.
Please call Car-Doc on 0845 0780628 or visit [http://www.car-docuk.com] should you drive your car into a flood. We can get you started by the roadside. Car-Doc UK covers areas such as Cambridge, Didcot, Farringdon, Hitchin, London, Oxford, Peterborough, Reading, Swindon, Slough and Stevenage. However, we can travel further in emergencies.