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Re: OT - waterlogged Mustang

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Bud Tierney

09-05-2014 22:28:44

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Shadetree: My experience with submerged cars etc was all in NMex, generally tourists camped in dry draws (nice soft sand) who didn't realize all that pretty lightning up in the hills would sometimes send 2-3-4 feet of water down...
Or locals who bet they could cross a flooded draw once too often (the once was with me in the car...tends to make you spooky on the subject)...
So that water was all heavily silted with fine, fine silt, making me ultra-conservative on the point...
I'd heard the hurricane cars were bad news, but thought primarily because smell came up whenever it rained...live and learn...

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09-06-2014 21:18:58

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 Re: OT - waterlogged Mustang in reply to Bud Tierney, 09-05-2014 22:28:44  
Bud, I have read about happenings like that. That would mess one up in a hurry. It all boils down to the fact that if a vehicle is submerged in water it is risky business. Evey year after bad storms or hurricanes, ( I live in NC, so we are familiar with hurricanes) I read articles cautioning people about looking a vehicle over before buying, because of possible flood damage. Kinda like the dealership where I once worked. The owner would purchase lease and rental vehicles from northern states where they use a lot of salt in the winter. Our techs then had to inspect them and perform any needed repairs. You have never hears so much cussing in your life, because if a vehicle only needed front brake pads, chances were that one or two bolts would be so corroded that they would break and have to be drilled out. I guess it all boils down to that popular Latin phrase, Caveat Emptor, (Buyer beware).

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