Check tyres after flooding

flooding car 22nd December 2011

Buying new tyres could save motorists whose vehicles are victims of severe flooding plenty of headaches in the long run.

That is to be inferred from comments made by one vehicle expert, who explained that when tyres are submerged in floodwater for a prolonged period of time, all manner of problems can crop up later.

Writing for AsiaOne Motoring, Pattanadesh Asasappakij explained that dirt and mud can build up in the tyres and wheels causing weight imbalances, while trapped water can also cause vibrations

"It may not sound like a big problem, but actually it can become a big problem and is often overlooked," he said.

The motoring expert recommended that drivers check their wheels, tyres, drive shaft and bearings following a flood to prevent any issues causing problems in other parts of the vehicle.

"Just think of it as an added cost for post-flood repair," he said.

Flooding has become an increasing problem in the UK over recent years, with five million people working and living in at-risk areas across England and Wales, according to the Environment Agency.

Posted by Danielle Barge