Auto shops warn of damage from the storm - FOX 32 News Chicago

Auto shops warn of damage from the storm

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It's a sight we've seen quite a bit this monsoon season, cars stuck in flooded washes and roadways.

Drivers forced to abandon their vehicles and head for dry land.

These are the extreme cases, cars most likely totaled. But there hundreds of drivers out there whose cars may have water damage, and they don't know it.

It happens every monsoon season, people being rescued from their cars in rising flood waters. But what happens to those cars after the rain stops.

"You can see there's pretty much mud all over the inside of the engine compartment," said a mechanic.

Mechanics say even if you braved the rushing waters and made it through, you could soon be paying the price.

"We had a hydro-locked engine, two of them last year from the situation happening where they sucked water into the take, and it locked up their motor, destroying it," he said.

Even people like Anna Zizzo who didn't drive through a flooded area are finding problems.

"One of the rotator fans was completely covered in mud, and mud had gotten into the engine," said a mechanic.

She took a video of her neighborhood near 19th Ave & Baseline as water raced through the streets.

"When I looked out my garage window, my car was at least up to the back bumper underwater," said Zizzo.

At Goodworks autoshop in Tempe, they say they've already fixed three cars with water damage from this past storm.

"Their car in many cases is destroyed, because it gets filled up with water, and including the engine and crank cases, and it's hard to get those things to come back the way they should," said a mechanic.

They recommend parking your car on high ground if possible and when it comes to driving through rising waters; "It's kind of like gambling, you know you're probably going to lose that's the way gambling is," he said.

One way the guys at Goodworks say you can check your car for damage after a storm is to check your oil. If the dip stick comes out looking frothy you probably have damage and should not start it, have it towed to a shop.
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