YouTuber discovers you can actually fix your flooded car using RICE

You know when your phone comes in contact with water and people say you should use rice to fix it? This YouTuber used this method to fix a $100k Audi.

by | Published on 11th Feb 2023

You know how you’re told to put your phone in rice when it gets wet?

Well, apparently you can do the same thing with your flooded Audi sports sedan.

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YouTuber Rich Rebuilds, real name Rich Benoit, recently acquired a flood-damaged Audi E-Tron GT RS and tried to restore it and make it drivable again.

And believe it or not he managed to do that by ‘dipping’ the flooded car into a giant case full of rice.

So what exactly happened?

Rich purchased the car at auction for $55,000 – about half the price of a brand-new Audi E-Tron GT RS

The car only had 2,600 miles under its belt when the flood nearly killed it.

Rich and his team started by doing things by the book, using things like jump leads and a 12-volt booster pack.

Even though they did manage to see some progress, the car was still defunct because it wasn’t even starting.

From the ABS to the chassis control system, nothing was working.

Desperate times call for desperate measures so Rich resorted to a more artisanal system and followed the old adage that says you can fix electronic components damaged by water with rice.

And the crazy thing is it actually worked.

First, he built a custom made frame where he could park the car and then poured more than 4,200 pounds of expired rice.

After that, all he had to do was wait.

A few days later, Rich vacuumed out the rice and removed the car from the frame.

Amazingly, not only did the Audi start, but it was also able to move under its own steam.

Well, its own electricity, that is.

Or so he says.

In all honesty, Rich could have fixed it some other way and pulled the wool over our eyes with some clever editing.

But for now, we’re choosing to believe in Rich and his epic experiment.



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