DIY Classic Car Water Damage Repair | Netcong New Jersey
It’s the time of year in New Jersey where we deal with heavy thunderstorms, hurricanes and generally unpredictable weather. While we hope everyone has their classic and exotic cars somewhere safe from the elements, things happen and there are times where water damage occurs. Water can do a real job on your engine, fuel system, brake system, interior, and paint jobs. Most of the time, unless the damage is severe, you can make needed repairs yourself as opposed to having to replace parts or the car itself. While we always recommend you call in a professional for repairs if you are not 100% confident on the job, there are some tips we’d like to share with you for DIY classic car water damage repair.
If your classic car was exposed for an extended period of time it is highly unlikely that your brakes will have survived. After the weather has calmed, take off the wheels, drums, shoes and brake pads and lay them out to dry. After they have dried you will be able to get a good idea of the damage. No matter the level of damage to each part, you will absolutely need to drain the brake fluid and replace it.
Although antifreeze is already diluted with water, you don’t want it to be over-diluted. Make sure you replace the antifreeze with a fresh batch so you can be sure the dilution is correct and you don’t have any nasty surprises in the winter like a cracked engine block.
If you are lucky, any water that gets in the interior of your car will dry quickly. However, if it doesn’t you are unfortunately looking at prime mildew breeding grounds. You may be able to wash and dry the fabric to remove the mildew, but it is most likely going to need to be replaced. Cushions will likely need to as well. If leather has been submerged for any length of time, it too will need to be replaced. It is not fun, but the last thing you want is a beautiful car that stinks like mildew.
The most tricky thing to deal with when looking at water damage is engine and transmission damage. Engine oil, transmission fluid, cooling system and brake fluids will all become compromised if exposed to water. Engine and transmission fluid being the most critical. If there is water in the crankcase, do not try and operate the car! It will cause significant damage. The same goes for the transmission. These fluids need to be replaced ASAP! Do not attempt starting your vehicle until this has been done. You can usually tell the status of fluids by using a dipstick. If the fluids look diluted, milky, or light in color, you’ll need to replace them. No matter how they look, it is always better to be safe and go ahead and replace them anyway.
If you need help with you DIY classic car water damage repair we are here at PowerPortal Products to help you. Just give us a call at (973) 347-2191 and we will be happy to assist in any way we can.
The best way to avoid getting water damage to your classic car is to keep it in a state of the art storage facility like North Jersey’s best, PowerPortal. We have great storage packages for the winter, summer and even weekly vacation storage rates! It’s like a second insurance policy on your classic car.