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Auto repair shops swamped with flooded cars

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The Jonesboro E-911 center reported that 34 calls came into the Jonesboro Police Department for stalled or flooded cars during Wednesday night’s storms.

People attempting to drive through flooded streets wound up flooding their cars instead.

Though some were able to start their cars back up, others had their vehicles towed from the roadways.

In turn, local mechanic shops were busy Thursday.

"They actually can flood out pretty easy," Mike Lane said. "The air duct is behind the bumper most generally. If water gets up in there where the air filter is at, it can suck water up in the motor pretty quick."

Lane, owner of The Auto Doctor on East Matthews, said three flooded vehicles were towed to his shop Thursday.

Lane said driving through floodwaters can do serious damage to your car.

"It'll bend valves; it can knock a hole in the pistons. It's pretty serious," Lane said. "It'll actually rust bearings, even inside the transmissions. You've got clutches inside the transmissions; it'll make your transmission slip."

Lane said even if you made it through the floodwaters, it's still a good idea to get your car checked out the next time you get your oil changed.

"If you've got a seal that's leaking, basically you can get water inside of a transmission; you can get water inside the rear end and stuff like that. That stuff needs to be checked," Lane said.

Lane also advised people to check the various dipsticks in their cars and make sure the oil and fluid doesn't have a milky look to it. He said that's generally an indication that water seeped into those areas of your car.

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