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post #10 of (permalink) Old 15th June 2007
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Just to reiterate Mads point,deep flood water must be avoided at all costs.It is very tempting to just drive through slowly and hope for the best,but you can cause an awful lot of damage to mechanical parts,as well as electronic systems.

A few years ago we had a spate of bad floods in our area,and the garage that I worked in at the time had a car park full of vehicles that had wrecked engines.Modern car designers insist on putting the air intake for the engine really low in the front of the car,and if it's driven through even moderately deep water,then water is sucked into the engine and it's game over.I've seen conrods go bannana shaped after trying to compress water,and cylinder liners shatter(especially in diesel engines).

Gone are the days of driving through water that came up to the windows(as I used to do in on a regular basis in my old Mk 2 Escort and other old heaps of junk!.If in doubt,turn around.Or better still,park just back from the waters edge and watch the other idiots breakdown and get towed out!

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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