The expert told what such a dashing ride is fraught with.
Spring is coming, spring is on the way! But sometimes it is spring that causes impassability: active snowmelt and rains lead to the fact that storm sewers cannot cope with a large volume of water, and where there was an asphalt surface recently, you can see a huge puddle.
Last weekend, many Russian cities “floated”: the streets were flooded, public transport traffic was suspended in some areas. But at their own peril and risk, motorists continue to storm water barriers, relying either on modern technologies, or at random.
*This material was created by a person who has the status of a foreign agent in the Russian Federation.
Someone succeeds, and it is important for everyone to understand that a puddle is a potential trouble, especially if it is quickly forced.
Here are six dangers that threaten a car if you drive quickly through a puddle:
1. Hydroplaning. A water wedge forms between the tires and the road surface on a wet road, as a result of which the car seems to float above the road, losing traction on a hard surface and becoming uncontrollable.
2. The path to the unknown. A serious danger may lurk at the bottom of a puddle. A pit, a pothole, a ravine, and even an open manhole… The consequences of such a trap are unpredictable.
3. Water hammer. Water is an almost incompressible liquid. It is enough for her, when forcing a puddle, to get through the air filter into the cylinders, as at the very first compression stroke, the piston instantly stops, as if it hits a concrete cube. Together with it, all moving parts of the engine are instantly slowed down – the connecting rods bend, the studs break, the crankshaft is deformed, etc. As a rule, the result is an overhaul of the engine.
4. Loss of body kit and rooms. Almost any plastic elements of the outer body kit of the car can suffer – spoilers, bumpers, etc. They cope with the pressure of oncoming air easily, but a powerful water shaft is able to crush them. And how many license plates are found when the puddle dries up!
5. Brakes – under attack. Brake pads are among the first to encounter a water barrier. Wet brakes quickly lose their effectiveness – therefore, after driving through a puddle, it is recommended to dry them by pressing the brake pedal several times.
6. Electricity water is not steam. If water gets inside the engine compartment, anything can fail: a mass air flow sensor, a generator, a starter, an ignition system …
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