Did you know that weather can play a huge part in the condition and performance of your Volvo? With high amounts of rainfallit’s important to periodically check your vehicle for any signs of water (flood) damage.
Not only does this type of environmental damage that Mother Nature inflicts upon us cause possible performance problems in your Volvo down the road, but it also can make you sick, if water has permeated into your vehicle’s cabin causing mold and bacteria to grow within the carpet and ventilation system.
Here are a few things to check on your own, to see if your Volvo has any water damage:
Sight: Inspect the interior of your vehicle, checking under the seats looking for exposed unfinished metal to see if any of it looks rusted or corroded. Be sure to check around the doors, under the dashboard, on the pedals and on any latches. Look for any brittle wires under the dashboard and notice any moisture beads in any of your vehicle’s lights.
Touch: Press into the seats and carpet to see if it feels damp (you may want to use a washcloth or paper towel). Also check to see if any upholstery appears to be loose or stained. That can be a sign of water damage.
Smell: Does your vehicle have a musty, mildew scent when you’re inside the car? If so, you may have a mold problem.
If you notice any of these things, take your Volvo Chapman Auto Repairas soon as possible where they can inspect your car further. Water damage can cause mechanical (engine seizure/overheating, transmission failure, etc.), electrical (computer malfunctions, short, circuited wires, etc.) and safety (ABS malfunction, rusted brakes/rotors, etc.) problems, as well as health problems mentioned above.
We want to make sure that you are staying above water (metaphorically and physically) and that your Volvo is staying dry so that this high performance car can take care of you on the road! Give us a call at Chapman Auto Repair to schedule your appointment today!