Flood Damage

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Flood Damage

Postby Bubbadogs [OP] » November 5th 2012, 5:37pm

My prayers go out to all those affected by Sandy. My family is doing just fine, but I wish I could say the same for my 2003 Safari. It was left in my driveway in Sea Isle City where we took on about 26 inches of flood water (the water line came up as high as the lower part of the "GMC" letters on the front radiator grill). It was never driven in the flood waters, but just sat in the driveway.

I have electrical power. The lights go on and the horn works. I know that both cables that run to the starter have rusted out completely and are in need of replacement, which I intend to do this week. Assuming that it's not just the cables, my next step is to replace the starter.

FYI, the air filter was completely dry and I'm hoping that the electrical components are as well.

As I just bought the Safari in April as a work vehicle, I'm not too familiar with the locations of critical engine parts.

Anyone have any ideas or experience with floods?My question...do you think that this will be the solution? If not, any ideas???

Thanks again.
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Re: Flood Damage

Postby Jasen » November 5th 2012, 6:13pm

Glad that's as bad as the storm got you.

The other big concern here is the interior wiring. Did the water get up to the interior fuse box or higher?

I've cleaned a lot of flood cars, but they were all fresh water flood. You'll want to pull out the carpet and pressure wash it really really good, then make sure it's bone dry before you put it back in. Floods leave a lot of super fine silt in the carpet that just keeps coming up if you don't pressure was it, not even a commercial carpet steam cleaner and extractor will get it all.
You'll also want to take apart all the interior trim that was in the water so you can do a good cleaning of everything and get out all that silt, mud and Sea Horses.
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