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I've been looking through the news and see there have been flooding in many parts of the UK and yeh loads of motorists seem to get really uptight and start to drive through the floods real fast thinking they can beat the water when in fact it only makes matters worse - I suggest don't drive through floods unless you really have to and if so drive at a slow even speed so as to minimise the risk of water being forced into the engine bay, etc. Take great car when driving an automatic as there is likley damage to its gearbox electronics. Cars are wonderful things but submarines they ain't.:)
 

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Hi i seen all this on the news crazy weather for this time of year i beleive North Yorkshire is the worst,its ******* down here in east of Scotland as we speak were is the summer,my sister in law live in Lisburn and she said that you had great weather last week now this
 

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Over here in Northern Ireland we have had the worst floods in living memory and only last week it was in the upper twenties - even the so-called 4x4 brigade were stalling in the floods - many of whom thought they had bought battleships:rofl: :rofl:
 

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Over here in Northern Ireland we have had the worst floods in living memory and only last week it was in the upper twenties - even the so-called 4x4 brigade were stalling in the floods - many of whom thought they had bought battleships:rofl: :rofl:
:rofl: Not quite when rivers pick up speed they could wash a 4x4 down them do problems at all i would love to see there faces:d ;)
 

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An absolute classic link to that news footage - who said blondes are intelligent and witty - they seem to have a lot more fun as well. Haven't a seen a buliders cleavage as good as hers since I was working on the Channel Tunnel. All she had to do was get out and walk the water was just above ankle height. Haven't had a such a good laugh in ages. DOH!!:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

All together now "We all drive in a Yellow submarine, Yellow submarine..."
 

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Now Now Donald - you leave the Chelsea Tractor brigade alone - they're all queing up to buy the latest german model - I think it's called the Bismark or the Graf Spee or something similar:rofl: :rofl:
 

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This weather's just nuts. I've driven from Bournemouth to Chester today, and not seen any sign of anything other than a pleasant British summer day: Lovely and toasty when the cloud breaks, and still warm and pleasant even when the cloud cover's there.

So I was somewhat surprised to get home and find all of this flooding in the news. I take it it's been very localised.

And guess who's going away tomorrow night... in a tent :crazy: I wonder if it doubles as a dinghy.
 

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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!:d
 

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There's a tube station in my area that has a bridge going over the road and the road goes down and up again, leaving way for a metre of water if it rains hard. About 4 years ago, I was driving along at about 4am, at around 40mph, and I didn't notice that the little valley bit had filled up with around almost 60-70cm of water. I saw it too late, slammed the brakes, but ended up going through it:crazy: . I stopped about 1/4 mile from there and checked my engine over...No damage, and even until this day, no damage, nothing, not a sausage. :d

Personally, I think thats a testament to the Clio's design and engineering. I've forded other lower floods with the car, nothings gone wrong. I'll be sorry to see it go soon, need a bigger car though.:(
 

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I suggest don't drive through floods unless you really have to and if so drive at a slow even speed so as to minimise the risk of water being forced into the engine bay, etc. Take great car when driving an automatic as there is likley damage to its gearbox electronics. Cars are wonderful things but submarines they ain't.:)
True, there were floods too here and people complain the least about electronics. One can cause major damage to engine if it sucks water inside the engine block, the kind of damage you get from a broken cam belt.
I'd just add - never drive into flood where the water level in higher than your air intake, and if you did and car stalled, do not turn the ignition on. Call for tow, get it to dry area, take off the plugs, turn the ignition on so that pistons go up and down a few times, put the spark plugs on again and only then try to start the engine.
That's for petrol. Diesel is much riskier in such situations.
You have to check and possibly change oil (both engine and gearbox) if you have mixed them with water - when heated the combination of water and oil is not the least healthy for your vehicle. ;)
 

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That link was brilliant! I can't believe she even tried to drive through that, lol! :rofl:

True about the Clio though - I had to drive through a flood near Coventry on a country road, and it was deeper than anything I've driven through before, up to the top of the wheel arches at the deepest which shocked me a bit but I made it though, just... And the car is fine, no problems at all! The air intake is just behind the near-side headlight, side-on, and I think that is a good design for these kind of situations... wouldn't fancy driving through anything deeper though!
 

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I love driving my lorry through flood waters at speed and drenching all around with the spray:devil:

Evil I know but it is done in the best possible taste:moonie:
 
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