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    Driving through floods - How safe is it?

    Hello all!

    As some of you have already noticed, we had a lot of rain last night which has caused a few places to flood.

    The access road to the industrial estate I work at has flooded and that is the only way in to work. The water is quite deep (enough to activate my front parking sensors and show red and beep like I'm touching a wall!). I drove through it this morning and everything does seem fine so far (I hope it stays that way!), I will need to drive back through it when exiting the industrial estate later on today!

    I drive a 645ci Automatic if that makes any difference.

    Am I risking ruining my car? How safe is it to drive through these floods? Is there any advice you can offer?

    I appreciate your help guys!

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    Driving through floods - How safe is it?

    My parking sensors will detect curbs from some angles so that's not perhaps a worry. Is the water up to the sills?

    I'd certainly manually select first and keep the exhaust gasses flowing fast to prevent any water ingress that way. Other than that it's electrics being exposed to water that you need to worry about (you're in trouble if the water was deep enough to cover the air intake ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cforehead View Post
    My parking sensors will detect curbs from some angles so that's not perhaps a worry. Is the water up to the sills?
    Oh okay...so the water wasn't necessarily touching the parking sensors?

    Errm...I don't know you know it's hard to tell. Only way to find out is by going there by foot and watching other cars attempt the risk!

    If it was above the sill then...?

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    If it was above the sill then...?
    I'd pray No, in all honesty I'm not sure, but if it's above the sills then your exhaust was submerged which isn't something I'd recommend - the proof is probably in the driving. I assume that it was ok as you drove into your work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cforehead View Post
    I'd pray No, in all honesty I'm not sure, but if it's above the sills then your exhaust was submerged which isn't something I'd recommend - the proof is probably in the driving. I assume that it was ok as you drove into your work?
    I actually am!!!

    According to my colleague, he reckons the water was about 8 inches deep? How far is a standard car approximately off the ground? I don't want to kill my engine, I can imagine it being VERY costly!

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    8" isn't deep, I had water over my bonnet at the weekend...

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    8" isn't deep, I had water over my bonnet at the weekend...
    Fuck me - risky with Landy 'lectrics
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    Quote Originally Posted by cforehead View Post
    Fuck me - risky with Landy 'lectrics
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    Been out playing in all the flood water today, it's very therapeutic to overtake the cars that have overtaken me as they sit at the edge of the water, crying.

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    Driving through floods - How safe is it?

    The only fault we have had with electrics was immobiliser but not surprising really

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    However these guys had a few more problems lol.

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    Exhaust isn't a worry really as it won't get into the engine unless the water is above the level for the manifold, in which case your fucked anyway

    Dirty water will reduce the life of any bearings it gets into(pulleys, alternator ect) and of course electrics. I would avoid it if you can at all. Even more so if you have a modern car. I saw a dead BMW(11 plate) in 7" of water a month or so ago.
    The best way to drive though it is in 1st gear, nice and steady, DON'T STOP, and don't gun the engine.

    Its all a bit of a risk really, we drove though 8" of water in the work Astra the other week and it killed the alternator there and then, but we drove though loads today, highest being about a foot/14" deep(and partly sewage from a septic tank, yuck) with no ill effects.....

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