Possible Water Damage?
Hello All, I just bought my first Ranger. It is a 2005 XLT 4x4 manual transmission within 80k miles and I love the way it drives. After getting the truck home and going over it a little more in-depth than when I initially purchased and test drove it, I am finding signs that lead me to believe it may have been involved in a flood or some type of water incident. Everything seems to work but there is a substantial amount of dust/dirt inside the dash and in the door panels. I did not see this until I began removing things to clean it. Also, when I drive it I seem to have an allergic reaction to the truck which could lead me to believe there could be mold spores present, though no visible signs of mold on the outside that I can see(or my allergies to pollen are just hyperactive this year...?). I know it is the time of the year and I am going to continue driving the truck for a month or so and if I do not get better with the allergic symptoms I am going to go and source new seats/used from the junk yard and buy new carpet and padding, completely remove the interior and dash and try to deep clean everything with bleach or some product known to kill mold. Would you guys know anything that I might do to keep the truck from experiencing mechanical issues down the road, or even a sure fire way to verify if the vehicle has been water damaged? also to purify the interior of any mold spores that may be floating around or inside the seat? The truck had no reports of incident in the carfax which I pulled prior to the purchase. Your help is much appreciated!
Last edited by huskeyjohnson; 03-18-2015 at 08:58 PM.