Driving through flooded roads comes with hefty price tag

Eau Claire (WQOW) — It rained on and off most of Tuesday in the Chippewa Valley, and we were under a flash-flood watch for much of it.

You all know how dangerous driving through a flooded road can be, but what about the impacts on your car? News 18 spoke with a mechanic at Eau Claire Ford-Lincoln about what driving through a flooded road can do to your car.

DuWayne Springer told News 18 that if you drive through a flooded area, there are a number of things that can go wrong under the hood: Such as water getting into your car’s engine and shutting it down, to loss of steering and throttle.

Springer also said these are not cheap repairs. Drivers could expect to pay at least $1,000 and upward of $4,000.

“Your car will ingest water, usually into the gear boxes and stuff. They all have ventilation systems, so that will mix in with the oil, cause long-term effects, damage, a lot of electrical damage usually when it comes to a flood,” Springer said.

If you drive your car through a flood, Springer advised you get it checked out immediately, to help prevent any long-term damage from possible water intrusion. However, he said it’s best to just avoid driving through a flooded area because the possible repairs are not worth it, compared to finding a safe route.

Along with hefty car repairs, it’s just dangerous to chance a flooded road, so turn around, don’t drown.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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