Don’t Drive Through Water—It Can Cost You Your Engine!

Published in Blog Monday, 04 September 2017 11:57

Now that the rainy season is upon us, you’re bound to see many more puddles and standing water accumulating on the roads as you try to get back and forth from work or school. While it may be tempting to drive through water rather than around it, you must never do it! Even the seemingly smallest puddles can ruin your engine, which will warrant a trip to a mechanic in Sarasota, FL for extensive (and expensive) repairs. Continue reading to learn more about water and its effect on vehicles.

Puddle depth is deceiving

The main reason mechanics and driver’s education instructors tell folks to avoid driving through puddles is because you never know how deep a puddle actually is. What looks like a few centimeters of water can turn out to be several inches of water—enough to damage your vehicle! Too much water can flood your engine, damage the undercarriage of your vehicle, ruin your car’s electrical components and much more. Here are some of the dangers of driving through water:

  • Hydrolock: The top danger of driving through a puddle is called hydrostatic lock, or hydrolock for short. This condition occurs when water gets sucked in through the air intake and gets caught in the motor’s cylinders. If this is the case, the pistons freeze, and the engine stalls out. The scary part is that it doesn’t require too much water to cause hydrolock. Since you never know how deep a puddle is going to be, you’re better off avoiding them altogether.

  • Undercarriage damage: Another situation that arises from driving through water has to do with your undercarriage. Over time, driving through water can cause rust issues under your vehicle, which is bound to have bad side effects down the road. Avoid running into that issue by driving around any water you see along your route.

  • Electrical issues: You don’t have to be a car genius to know that today’s vehicles have a lot of electrical components. We’re not just talking about the wiring that controls your lights, either—every gizmo in your car is powered by electricity, most of which runs through your engine. Even though the wiring and other electrical components are shielded by plastic under the hood, water can still seep in and ruin them. You run a higher risk of encountering this problem if you drive an older car that may have cracks in the plastic housing.

  • Internal problems: If a puddle is deep enough, you could end up with problems inside of your vehicle! Water can end up coming through the bottom of your car and soaking your vehicle’s floor. Not only will that water be hard to get out, it’s bound to necessitate a trip to the mechanic for major repairs.

Try to stay dry and avoid the water you see this season out on the road, but if you do run into some trouble and need repairs, be sure to visit Lowe’s Automotive Service, Inc. We’re your go-to mechanic in Sarasota, FL for every type of repair you can imagine.

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