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Old 12-30-2010, 08:18 PM   #1
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driving through water

took my tj off road for the first time since getting it and the track was extremely muddy with plenty of deep puddles and stream crossings got bogged down in one section with water up to hood level and the cab got filled with muddy water! all good and fun but i am worried that without a snorkel i could/have caused damage. tried to start it yesterday n it took ages to start, although it eventually did. is this related? advise and previous experiences will be greatly appreciated! thanks in advance

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Change your oil and filter, check your air filter to be sure it's dry and clean. Check other fluids for signs of water intake. Definitely check your axles to see if any water got in them.

While you are under there it would be a good idea to grease anything and everything you can, ball joints, TRE's, Ujoints (if you have greasable ones).

Wouldn't be a bad idea to have a look at the slip yoke on the transfer case.

It may seem like a lot, but preventive maintenance is a good thing.
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obviously i know if water gets through the air filter it will do damage, but i was thinking more along the lines of damage due to water around spark plugs electrical wiring join points. im sure water was not taken in through the air intake!
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you didn't hurt it relax: It still runs...right? If it does, then you didn't hydrolock it by sucking in water. As stated above...CHECK (might not even need to CHANGE) your oil. If it is milky...change it. If it looks like good oil...you didnt hurt anything.

Moisture will affect certain components.... spray some contact cleaner in your fusebox under the hood.... hit anything electrical that may have gotten wet and you should be okay. Hitting your zerk fittings is usually a good idea, just dont overdo it and rupture the seals.
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you didn't hurt it relax: It still runs...right?
thanks for putting my mind at ease! it still runs. i checked the air filter ( dirty) but not wet. i checked the oil (could do with a change) but at least there is no water in it. i will change the oil soon and i like your advice about using the contact cleaner, i will get onto that asap! thanks
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Remove your distributor cap and make sure no water got in there, it will corrode your terminals and will make it harder to start along with poor performance.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:30 AM   #11
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Not sure maybe thats what they call it across the pond
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It did make me a little angry that they mistook that thing for a Jeep... the vid KINDA makes up for it ha
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yeah that video is alright, but check this one out

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I'm surprised none of you mentioned the differentials. Definitely check them. If you've never changed the fluid, now woul ddefinitely be a good time. Often people think about snorkels, but forget about raising their breather tubes.
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I'm surprised none of you mentioned the differentials. Definitely check them. If you've never changed the fluid, now woul ddefinitely be a good time. Often people think about snorkels, but forget about raising their breather tubes.
+1!!! Was one of my first thoughts! Good call Tom!
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I'm surprised none of you mentioned the differentials. Definitely check them. If you've never changed the fluid, now woul ddefinitely be a good time. Often people think about snorkels, but forget about raising their breather tubes.

Tru dat. I mentioned the axles, meaning the differentials.... Among other things.
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^I I was about to say, read post # 3. I had your back wmcelwee . Good job newb
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^I I was about to say, read post # 3. I had your back wmcelwee . Good job newb
Ha, thanks. I'm a newb on here but no stranger to driving through mud and water and such.
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Ha, thanks. I'm a newb on here but no stranger to driving through mud and water and such.
I knew that when I saw your other vehicles
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thanks everyone for your advice. i have done an inspection and the jeep is okay. will keep all this in mind for future mods and further off roading adventures.
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I knew that when I saw your other vehicles
We got lots of mud and water here in Louisiana!
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What has breath tubes n where can they be found?
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What has breath tubes n where can they be found?
The front and rear axles of the vehicle. Rubber hose on the pumpkin/chunk/differential.
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Also the transmission I think...some have a breather right on top the tranny...which means water up to the floor will start getting into the tranny and I think some of the others have breathers that go up into the engine bay.
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Which tube is on the rad?
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Also the transfer case.
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Which tube is on the rad?
I think that's for the front differential
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Tru dat. I mentioned the axles, meaning the differentials.... Among other things.
I missed that, sorry.

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