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MR MAC

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Posted: 08/24/19 06:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

as looking for a used truck, about 3 years oil, I noticed under rear very clean, the break lines looked as if they were new with clean tages, on them, and weld seams had rust on them, like new rust. Also inside the tail pipe was clean with rust spots. any way to tell if its from a flood area and been clean up. And does it realy matter.


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Temporary water shouldn't be cause for replacing brake lines, as they get wet all the time.

I'd be more concerned about possible corrosion contamination. I'll explain:

Couple years ago near Trail BC, a transport truck carrying a highly corrosive liquid, hydrochloric acid I think it was, spilled some of it's load as the truck drove down the highway. Vehicles drove through it and coated the underside with acid. There was a massive insurance claim with ICBC, the governments auto insurance in British Columbia. Dozens of vehicles were scrapped and I believe crushed.

Perhaps a few of these vehicles were not claimed for, but rather wound up being exported south and sold in the US.

Check to see if this is a Canadian import from BC. If so, don't touch it with a 10 foot pole!

But still be very cautious. This truck may have been exposed to something similar.

Long shot, but entirely possible.


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Interesting report, Bobs.


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Posted: 08/24/19 10:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check YouTube for videos on identifying flood vehicles.

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Posted: 08/24/19 02:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Flood vehicles can be a disaster in the making. With all of the computers on board water is a big enemy. Water can also get in the diff gears. It can sometimes take months to show up, but it usually eventually will. Check places where you know there shouldn’t be any sign of water; under the carpet and under the dashboard. If you’re suspicious, take it to a qualified mechanic that you trust and have them inspect it. It will be well worth the couple of hundred or so dollars to find out.

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I believe that ya'll have scared everyone away from a used vehicles. Every thing that he noticed is normal wear and tear .
I just went outside and looked at my 5 year old truck and it looks as he described , maybe it flooded when I was not looking !

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Thats some good stuff, Just looking for some signs to look for. thank for info,

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Mac, you’re thinking right by looking at things that might be out of place on a used truck and I’d say extra clean underneath and clean tags on the brakes and less rust? than there should be on a vehicle after a few NE winters is not really normal, but there are other explanations.
Like was the truck detailed extraordinarily well? Could be one of those dealers that steam cleans the whole vehicle. 1 explanation for it being cleaner than it should be.


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Check rear differential and front if 4 wheel drive. Flood vehicles are a PITA with so many unscrupulous dealers sending them all over the country.

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Posted: 08/24/19 06:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a simple question, aren't vehicles that are salvaged out due to flood damage, cleaned up and then resold listed as such in DMV records and in insurance company records? It seems that a Carfax or such would turn up that information. Insurance companies don't like insuring flood damaged vehicles, very expensive when problems arise.


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