Flooded cars flooding owners with auto repair costs

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – In mid-Michigan heavy rain led to flooded streets on Monday and car owners who got stuck in those waters are starting to get flooded with auto repair costs.

Our Christa Lamendola spoke with Tuffy’s Auto Repair in Frandor about how much drivers are dishing out in payments after driving into standing water.

Many heard their car engines rumbling Monday when their engines flooded stranding them in several feet of floodwater.

The water just proceeds right up into the intake and goes into the cylinders then you start bending things.

It’s called hydro locking when floodwaters get into car cylinders and causes it to stall.

“Get everything dried out get your spark plugs dried out and see if it will start. A lot of times you’ll have success with that,” said Don Krauss, auto technician, Tuffy Auto Repair.

If you hear this, you could need a new engine.

“If they’ve repetitively tried to start it things are gonna break they’re not going to be successful and you’re going to be in for thousands of dollars in repairs at that point.”

It takes seconds for that flood water to cause thousands of dollars in damage to your vehicle but when it comes to paying the bill, it’s not usually your auto insurance.

As the floodwaters dry up, budgets for car repairs will be drying up too.

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