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Old 09-15-2011, 06:52 AM   #1
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so my brother and i were in WV driving upstream on the river. (we've done this before with no issue) in the past year that i haven't been around it seems that the folks that live in the area deciced to make a larger swimming hole for the kids ect. I nor my brother noticed and needless to say we suddenly ended up being over the dash in deep water. (5.5" added from stock TJ-X) so after we go back to civilization and was able to get someone to come pull her out she'd been swimming for about 3-4 1/2 hours (non moving water)

pulled the oil plug and all mostly water came out. took off and dried the intake filter and pulled the fuel plugs and cleanded them also syphened out water from the intake. (sry not sure what the compartment on the side of the engine where the air comes in is called) let her sit to dry and then turned her over to try and blow out the water. put her back together and now i only get a clicking and it sounds like she want's to turn but isn't. no bang or anything that sounds like anything snapped/broke. we think that a new battery, starter, plugs and wires are a good replacement buy to get her going again.

any sugestions will be greatly appriciated. I have to get her going again and i don't have the money or the garage to replace the engine or interior parts of it.

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Possibly.... you could have water on top of the piston, (years ago on the farm I seen a tractor go off in a pond and this happened). Pull the plugs back out and then try to turn it over, water may shoot out of the spark plug holes.... unfortunantly for the tractor, it bent all 3 connecting rods

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Distributor?

Personally, i think driving along in the river is bad for the river, and really makes offroaders look bad. It is generally wisest to cross perpendicular to the stream versus driving along in it.

Please wheel responsibly and don't give the environmentalists any more ammo against us.
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And if it sat that long, probably got water in front and rear diffs, tranny and t case, but they are secondary problems right now
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Submarine??

Still can't understand why people drive a perfectly good jeep into standing water??

Just like when I was in the Army..."Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane??"
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Personally, i think driving along in the river is bad for the river, and really makes offroaders look bad. It is generally wisest to cross perpendicular to the stream versus driving along in it.

Please wheel responsibly and don't give the environmentalists any more ammo against us.
I agree, and call me a mall Crawler, but It wouldn't bother me if I don't ever drive through sidewall deep water anymore
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Personally, i think driving along in the river is bad for the river, and really makes offroaders look bad. It is generally wisest to cross perpendicular to the stream versus driving along in it.

Please wheel responsibly and don't give the environmentalists any more ammo against us.
There is a very famous trail in Colorado by the name Jenny Creek....
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Personally, i think driving along in the river is bad for the river, and really makes offroaders look bad. It is generally wisest to cross perpendicular to the stream versus driving along in it.

Please wheel responsibly and don't give the environmentalists any more ammo against us.
for the record the river was dry, we had a place up stream that we need to get to. the water that we put her in was a complete was unexpected. no harm would be done to a dry river bed however, if i upset anyone i apologise. i'm not planing on going up stream again unless it's nessary....in the jeep anyway.
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With all the plugs out, can you turn the motor over by hand?
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hahaha, I was waiting for someone to say that...

Even just pulling the plugs and blowing air in the cylinders will help to let everything dry out. As for the distributor - doesn't the "X" model years have coil packs rather than the older style distributor? If so, the packs could be bad... good luck!
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I had a co-worker do something similar, and yes alcohol was involved. I wasn't there, but got a call 8 hours later asking if I could pull him out... I hope you had the spark plugs out the first time you turned it over. If not, well.. It won't hurt to try it now. Change all fluids: diffs, trans, t-case, oil and filter. Your gas tank probably has water in it too, his did and caused many problems after it was running. You'll end up with electrical problems too, he had to replace sensors and the main computer to get it to run right again.
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Rule #1 of water - check depth before crossing.

Your original post didn't clarify it was a dry river bed, though it kind of implied it on re-reading. I made the mistake of going through what I thought was a shallow puddle and sank up past my doors in nasty, muddy water. With my entire interior covered in crud that smelled like the nasty end of a dead horse, cow, and pig combination, I was reminded of it too.

Just because the area was familiar to me, it didn't make up for me not checking depth.
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Just out of curiosity, which river were you in?
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so my brother and i were in WV driving upstream on the river. (we've done this before with no issue) in the past year that i haven't been around it seems that the folks that live in the area deciced to make a larger swimming hole for the kids ect. I nor my brother noticed and needless to say we suddenly ended up being over the dash in deep water. (5.5" added from stock TJ-X) so after we go back to civilization and was able to get someone to come pull her out she'd been swimming for about 3-4 1/2 hours (non moving water)

pulled the oil plug and all mostly water came out. took off and dried the intake filter and pulled the fuel plugs and cleanded them also syphened out water from the intake. (sry not sure what the compartment on the side of the engine where the air comes in is called) let her sit to dry and then turned her over to try and blow out the water. put her back together and now i only get a clicking and it sounds like she want's to turn but isn't. no bang or anything that sounds like anything snapped/broke. we think that a new battery, starter, plugs and wires are a good replacement buy to get her going again.

any sugestions will be greatly appriciated. I have to get her going again and i don't have the money or the garage to replace the engine or interior parts of it.
Sorry, but I have to ask...
Do you have any Pictures of the Jeep in the water?
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Just like when I was in the Army..."Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane??"
I've heard that those airplanes aren't always perfect, and you are better off jumping.
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LOL That Chadwick story was funny sheit. I bet he doesn't ever do that again or at least post it on here!!!
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Like Barrie said pull the plugs and see if it will turn over by hand. It would not hurt to put a squirt of oil in the cylinder after you get the water out. Remember WD-40 is not oil. All fluids with the exception of the coolant will need to be changed. How did the engine turn off? Did you hit the key or did it sputter out or did it die very quickly? Hydro locking your engine (sucked water in the intake) will really mess up the internals of an engine and bend things really fast.
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Chadwick, the sequel !!!

Here to tell us what he did, then he's gone!

I liked the first one better, he at least posted photos.
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so my brother and i were in WV driving upstream on the river. (we've done this before with no issue) in the past year that i haven't been around it seems that the folks that live in the area deciced to make a larger swimming hole for the kids ect.
Swimming hole, or trap for people driving irresponsibly through the stream?
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Chadwick, the sequel !!!

Here to tell us what he did, then he's gone!

I liked the first one better, he at least posted photos.
Loks that way, huh?
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Hmmmm. So it went from dry river bed to a 5-6 foot standing pool of water? or what?

you should still drive in slowly-very slowly- to any standing water.
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hey if you gotta drive up stream to get somewhere go for it. whatever guys he made a dumb mistake, and so does everyone when driving a jeep! this one was just one of the worst you could make :/ i stick it to small creeks that only go half way up the wheel. any deeper and I feel like any ditch could suck it under. Remember the weight your dealing with. Even if you walk across fine, a jeep is much much heavier! The mud may not suck you down but it would definitely eat a jeep.
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hey if you gotta drive up stream to get somewhere go for it. whatever guys he made a dumb mistake, and so does everyone when driving a jeep! this one was just one of the worst you could make :/ i stick it to small creeks that only go half way up the wheel. any deeper and I feel like any ditch could suck it under. Remember the weight your dealing with. Even if you walk across fine, a jeep is much much heavier! The mud may not suck you down but it would definitely eat a jeep.
It's more the fact that he was driving up a stream for a ways and then sunk it into 5' of water that upsets fourwheelers more than anything. It makes our sport look bad and gives leverage to those who want to close more trails and off-road areas.

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