Mechanics

WATER FLOOD DAMAGE

2005 Mercedes Benz E320 • 6 cylinder Automatic • 135,000 miles

I have a 2005 e-320 cdi diesel mercedes benz recently I recieved flood damage that reached above the seats it would not start insurance totaled the car then changed that decision to repair car instead I have read your comments on other flood damaged cars electrical now and in future, transmission rust the cars rugs have been shampooed, certain electrical sensors have been ordered since engine finally started and was diagnosed. What other damage can I look forward to and how can I fight insurance co decision before recieving car back? Thank you
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Ernie andoor
January 25, 2011.



The biggest concerns are related to the drive line. If the transmission took water in, the differential. That could lead to problems with bearing failure as well as other internal issues. Also, sensors corrode over time. The water can speed that up. Consequently, it may work when you get it back and then you end up with trouble a month from now. Rust is always a concern because the water gets into places that it shouldn't be and those area are not protected. Finally, wiring can be an issue. In your wiring system, there are grounds, splices in the wiring. If they corrode or rust, then you can end up with electrical nightmares.

I wish I had better news, but those are the types of concerns you need to be aware of. If it reached above the seats, keep in mind all the electrical components in the inst. Cluster, stereo, climate control, HVAC system, speakers in doors.



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