BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Monday’s flash flooding totaled many cars that were parked in low-lying areas. But, according to Clay Ingram with AAA Alabama, you may need to have your vehicle checked out even if it wasn’t completely submerged.
“That water gets in a lot of places that you might not guess that it would get into.”
Drying up that water with towels and letting your car air out may not be enough. The smallest amount of moisture inside your vehicle can lead to big problems.
Ingram says a lot of wiring for things inside your vehicle is underneath the seat.
“A lot of the car manufacturers these days put switches and circuits underneath the seats for things like air bags, dashboard components; even some of the stereo wiring goes underneath the seats so it could be one of a lot of different things.”
He adds, “Any kind of electrical wiring or circuits that have been exposed to that water can develop some corrosion and some long term problems, even some problems that may not show up for four, five, six months down the road.”
Ingram recommends doing a walk around your car to check for moisture and if you find anything, you should have a mechanic check it out.
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