How can I tell if my car has suffered water damage after flood?

Asked by Aug 08, 2017 at 02:17 PM about the 2015 Honda Civic Coupe EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It recently flooded where I live and I had to drive through some standing water.
The carpets feel dry to the touch, its been two days but theres no smell of
wetness and the car seems to be functioning as normal but I'm still worried
water may have gotten into the car. How likely is it that my car could have
experienced some form of water damage that just hasn't become noticeable
yet?

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If no water was in the cabin then your computer is fine, If car did not loose power or die while in the water then engine is fine. Once I dropped my Honda in a Hole that was in a flood and the car was pointing down so most of engine was under water but the air filter and top of motor was not but at this angle the cabin was flooded up to the bottom of dash and to the front seats it set running for three hours while I finally got it towed out as it would not back up in that position, I drove it the rest the way home dried carpets out and never had a issue with electronics, let also say this was at night and headlight were on under water and never went out, the car never lost power or shorted out. The battery was fully under water.

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