Recent heavy rainfall in the UAE has led to a spike in car repairs, with numerous drivers facing the consequences of water damage. Sony Rajappan, an automobile expert at Car Lynx in Al Quoz, reports a surge in repair costs due to a variety of issues such as flooded engines and faulty braking systems. The unexpected weather has left many motorists with the added stress of unforeseen expenses.
The downpour has transformed many roads into challenging waterlogged obstacles, leading to an uptick in service inquiries at local car repair shops. Drivers navigating through these conditions have encountered expensive setbacks. Bilal Ahmed, a mechanic at the Rukn al Majaz workshop in Ras Al Khor, observes an increase in vehicles, especially sedans and other low-ground-clearance cars, coming in with brake problems, worn-out tire liners, and undercarriage damages.
Automotive specialists have identified a key mistake by drivers: accelerating to get out of water pools quickly, which often leads to more significant damage. Sony highlighted that several modern vehicles have crucial parts like the air filter inlet positioned low within the car. When these parts come into contact with water, particularly if the engine is revved, there is a heightened risk of water intake into the engine, potentially causing it to seize.
Moreover, in newer car models, essential components such as the circuit module for electric steering and brake sensors are installed at a lower level, making them vulnerable to water damage. Sony advises that such exposure can lead to extensive part replacement due to malfunctions.
In light of these incidents, experts are urging residents to avoid using low-floor vehicles during rainy periods. They recommend opting for vehicles with higher ground clearance to navigate waterlogged roads safely, minimizing the risk of water-related damages and ensuring a more dependable driving experience under adverse weather conditions.