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Old 03-19-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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Need Water fording/Deep Mud Advice!

A few days ago I found myself hopelessly stuck in really deep mud. After a few attempts to rock it out i did nothing but make it worse. I was at a incline with my back in the mud and my front out. My whole back bumper was submerged and so was my exhaust. I head it go glub glub glub underwater and i was usuing the clucth and turning it on and off. If I wasnt on an incline would i have flooded my engine? I thought the exhaust sucked in air when the car is turned on and off because i did that while I was stuck to save gas. Did i just get lucky? Water are some techniques for this sort of situation?

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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pop your hood and take a look where your air intake is (on the passenger side). That is your major concern during water crossings. if your tailpipe is submerged under water.. keep it running to prevent water from filling up your exhaust and working its way back. I've never heard/seen a hydrolock from water coming through the exhaust but i guess it would be theoretically possible.

A few notes.. check your breather hoses on your diffs/transmission/transfer case. You could potentially suck in water/mud and get crap in your system. Extending them is an easy mod and will give you some piece of mind.

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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When you turn it off underwater it doesn't suck water up thru the headers. At the very most it'll fill your muffler(hopefully not the cat too) once you start it tho you usually just blow it all out.

Generally you don't want to use the clutch underwater. It won't guarantee any issues, but it does increase the chances of damaging the clutch.

I'm a little more timid with deep water. If i know it has a good base and can get thru it ill go through seep stuff. If I'm uneasy, ill let my friend go first haha
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