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Houston tx, officially sucks.

My car got flooded tonight along with 20x other cars. Luckily my car shut off and didn't bog and I have a feeling my motor may still be good. I know that I have to take off my spark plugs and drain the oil and replace it with a new filter and try to see if the motor will still crank. If it does then I don't have to go through insurance and file a claim and have a salvage title. My question is, does anyone know how to change the spark plugs on our F cars. I'm pretty sure oil is similar to an is350 but the spark plugs I know is deff diferent. If anyone knows or has a diy write up on oil changes or spark plug changes can you please let me know asap. I need to work on my car asap! Also the interior is screwed but I'm hoping I can get the carpeting steam air dried if possible. Any help would be great guys!
 

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I'm really sorry to hear about this... I honestly can't help with any DIY methods for these things... Hope everything goes well

Best of luck man
 
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it came up to the floor board. I just called up sewell lexus for the carpeting it comes out to 1000 shipped for all carpeting and the carpet rugs. Let's just hope my engine can crank okay...
 

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Only issue I would see in the future is all the wiring and circuits below that may have gotten wet, or at the very least the moisture becuase of it....

And of course this could lead to legal issues later if you were to sell a car that was flooded and has a clean title, you are commiting fraud...

Just food for thought.
 

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Wow I agree that totally sucks...but if you have the insurance why not put in the claim anyways...After all it was flooded. Then you get cash, and can fix er up and keep driving an is f for less. As long as you don't have to trade it in you will walk away with a steal....Plus won't insurance pay to have it inspected at the dealer...that way they do all oil plugs replace carpet and inspect wires etc...seems to me like this would be a good deal if you have the insurance...
 

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Why don't you want to file a claim? If they declare it a total due to flood damage, why would you want to keep it?
 

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Wow man, that really stinks! I don't believe there are any DIY write ups for oil or spark plugs yet. The oil is fairly simple. Good luck!
 
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Why don't you want to file a claim? If they declare it a total due to flood damage, why would you want to keep it?
I don't think they will claim it as totaled that's why. It will only cost maybe 15-20k I'm assuming to bring the car back to normal standards and just put a salvage title on it, or buy me a new car. Which do you think they will do? Then I will be left with a salvaged title and the value will depreciate as well as my insurance going up.
 

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I don't think they will claim it as totaled that's why. It will only cost maybe 15-20k I'm assuming to bring the car back to normal standards and just put a salvage title on it, or buy me a new car. Which do you think they will do? Then I will be left with a salvaged title and the value will depreciate as well as my insurance going up.
How far did the water go up? If anything, I would have a Lexus tech look at your car to make sure there is no signs of water damage to your motor. Because the F has a lot of electrical both in the engine bay and throughout the chassis, you're at a risk if the wiring is damaged.

The only way an insurance company can put a salvage title on a car is if it is declared a total loss. Depending on your insurance carrier, most insurance companies wont replace your car 100% as your car has been depreciated by both age and mileage. Not sure how it is in Texas, but here in CA, a comprehensive loss is a non chargeable loss (theft, fire, vandalism, etc) meaning your insurance rates wont be affected by it.
 

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it came up to the floor board. I just called up sewell lexus for the carpeting it comes out to 1000 shipped for all carpeting and the carpet rugs. Let's just hope my engine can crank okay...
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I really don't think it'll be that bad. Change the oil and filter asap, get the carpet out and have it cleaned and dried professionally. Did the water go up to your seats? If it was just floor board deep, I don't think it'll be that bad. I don't think you'll even need to change the plugs. Were you in grid lock traffic when this happened and got caught in a falsh flood? Or was it parked when it happened?
 
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I really don't think it'll be that bad. Change the oil and filter asap, get the carpet out and have it cleaned and dried professionally. Did the water go up to your seats? If it was just floor board deep, I don't think it'll be that bad. I don't think you'll even need to change the plugs. Were you in grid lock traffic when this happened and got caught in a falsh flood? Or was it parked when it happened?
it was a flash flood and yes I was stuck in traffic with nowhere to go...
 

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I'd say call the Insurance Company, explain to them you don't want to have problems with your brand new car in the future, and let them total out the car, and buy a replacement.
 

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I'm just looking out for you, and when you sell it, the poor soul that might buy it not knowing what has happened to it.
 

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Ouch, sorry to hear about your predicament, hope you get it sorted out soon!
 

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ISF, if you can pull that off with your insurance, that'd be great. But failing that my humble suggestion is to let this nightmare die down. Damage control bro, especially for resale purposes. As the saying goes... what they don't know won't hurt them. Might sound unethical, but hey..
 

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yeah i don't see why your insurance would go up. you didn't cause this accident. this should be part of your comprehensive coverage. i would definitely file the claim and get it done the right way so everything is taken care of properly.
 
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