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Old 09-21-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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First time in Mud

Taking my 98 TJ in the mud for the first time. Any advice on what to do, or not do to prevent any mechanical issues from mud tearing stuff up? Like how deep I can go etc.... Thanks.

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Old 09-21-2013, 08:24 AM   #2
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Well, from a cleanup perspective, you could spray that Tire Shine stuff all over the wheel wells, tank skid, everything underneath that you want to wash off after you are done: this will help the mud come off easier...Jeeps are meant to get dirty! Use common sense and don't be in a hurry to be "first to pull it off" and get through every mud hole you come across! Sometimes a mud hole can look like a shallow puddle and when you get in, the crap is up and over your hood! Maybe pull out your carpet and stuff before you go.....

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Old 09-21-2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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Thanks. Didn't think about taking the carpet out that's prob smart since it's pretty clean. Thanks for the help
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:16 AM   #4
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If its a manual tranny dont ever shift when yer in mud.
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Really? So I can't go to reverse and back in first to get out?
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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Really? So I can't go to reverse and back in first to get out?
Well its just not a good idea to be shifting in the mud, it can get in between the clutch disc and pressure plate and eff things up. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do though.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:33 AM   #7
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Gotcha I'll keep that in mind thanks.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:50 AM   #8
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If I did happen to get mud in the clutch area could I just clean it out somehow by pressing the cultch and spraying or what?
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If I did happen to get mud in the clutch area could I just clean it out somehow by pressing the cultch and spraying or what?
Im not sure.
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If there is standing water raise all your breathers.
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:01 PM   #11
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Sorry not sure what that means or how to do it.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:28 PM   #12
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Another thing about shifting in mud, wheel speed keeps the treads cleaned out, if you let off the throttle to shift.... no power to the wheels.... wheel speed dies. You become stuck quickly that way. Raising the breathers... the axles (front and rear) and the transmission and transfer case have breather tubes. These are soft rubber hoses that release gases caused by heat. You will want to raise them above the water line you plan on being in. Just to protect them from water getting in and causing damage to any of the drivetrain components. Just search breather hoses on here. Lots of info to be read
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:57 PM   #13
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Can someone post some pix of the breathers
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Theres one breather thats attached somewhere on the rad support.The other might be at the rear of the engine.But there easy to find.Just follow them from each diff & the t/c,just make sure they are high enough. At first mud is fun then you will hate it in time.You will see but enjoy yourself.And Ive shifted many times in mud & water.Havent had issues but thats just me.
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If I did happen to get mud in the clutch area could I just clean it out somehow by pressing the cultch and spraying or what?
Getting mud out from between the clutch disk, pressure plate, and flywheel is nearly impossible once it is there. Better to never (ever!) step on the clutch pedal when you're in deep mud which will keep the mud out of the clutch system.

If you do get stuck in deep mud & need to shift back into 1st gear, turn the ignition switch off. Shift into first gear without stepping on the clutch. Then restart the engine which will get you moving again without having stepped on the clutch. This assumes you have already bypassed the clutch interlock safety switch as described in your Owners Manual to allow the engine to be started without stepping on the clutch... a very important thing to be able to do when offroading which is why Jeep added the ability to easily bypass the interlock. Depending on your model year, bypassing the clutch interlock is done by either inserting a fuse into a specific fuse holder location behind the glove compartment door, or moving a small cable connector above the driver's side footwell.

Personally, I will NEVER EVER purposely take my Jeep into deep mud again. I did so once to help two young kids get their parent's Jeeps out of a muddy construction site and, well, I'll just never do it again.

This is my opinion of of mudding....
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