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Old 01-07-2007, 05:50 AM   #1
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Has anyone had any problems with water holes and the auto-transmission? I have a Ranger 4 x 4 lifted etc (wife's ride) that I found a 2' rut in the middle of a puddle, as soon as my front left wheel went in, my tranny went out. Kinda expensive. Anyway, I got my 2000 Sport about 8 months ago and am just a little shy about risking it (at least until I finish paying for the Ranger) Any tips?

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Old 01-07-2007, 09:02 AM   #2
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I run the 2001 se 4 banger w/ the auto. I recently got stuck in a water hole, but it was not fault of the tranny. I've had no problems with it at all.

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Old 01-07-2007, 09:35 AM   #3
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From what I was reading on another forum, the Auto is better for deep water than Manual.

They were saying that the water could get into the manual if you shifted while in the water and the auto would remain sealed.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:07 AM   #4
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water can be bad for either one. The one's I have seen with issue's usually have something happen a while after they have been playing. For example on the way home from a rather muddly/ water filled trail ride my buddy with a 5spd, lost 2nd and 3rd gear as I recall the water/mud mix clogged the clutch. another was playing in a whole way to deep with the auto, hole was to bottom of head lights,and about 30 feel long. Later in the day auto tranny locked in 2nd gear. Then again, some people never have a problem.
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i have auto transmission in mine and a lot of times after going through puddles, there will be a bit of hesitation before it gets going again. seems like the size of the puddle doesn't matter. i've gone through large ones with no problems, but the jeep will act up after going through smaller ones. still trying to work that one out.
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:31 PM   #6
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From what I was reading on another forum, the Auto is better for deep water than Manual.

They were saying that the water could get into the manual if you shifted while in the water and the auto would remain sealed.
actually the auto is more prone to damage.

the manual is better for water as long as you don't shift
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:34 PM   #7
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They are both equally bad in water. It's not a boat.
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:36 PM   #8
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They are both equally bad in water. It's not a boat.
true.

no more water for me after hearing all these horror stories. i've been staying out of water for months now and its gonna stay that way.

and how boring is water compared to rocks? driving through water takes basically no skill and you just hit the stupid pedal. i would much rather crawl along and pick a line and climb over a rock that takes some skill.
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:42 PM   #9
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There are breather tubes on both manual, and auto trannies. You can get water in both of them. As amerijeep stated, vehicles, are not boats. Not good to play in water deeper than the center of your axle, and that is even risky. Playing in water that comes up too your headlights, is simply way to deep. YOU WILL HAVE DAMAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:08 PM   #10
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Thanks, I wasn't planning on towing skiers, but things do happen, (like before) I was going as slow as I could, behind a Jeep, water seemed to be about 2 inches up his tires, after he made it through ( puddle was across the road) I went, just about 6" to the side ( the jeep almost hit a fence post), never touched the gas, untill it was too late and too expensive. So, I shoud forget the 32x11.5's, and trade my Jeep for a miata or something? Just trying to get a feel for the things.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:34 PM   #11
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Nah, that's not gonna happen. Just new to this and am trying to learn. I work for a living, and can't afford to break something every time I go down a dirt road. I saw on T.V. about a course in another state that will show newbies the ropes... any thing like that in North Texas?
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Learning the ropes, is as easy as hooking up with other wheelers. I would be happy to help you learn. It does go in stages, and I can still remember my first off camber experience, and how things just start to grow on you. We all need seat time to learn what our rigs will do. I haven't broken anything yet, but then I am very tenacious and passionate about wheeling. I believe in watching others, and meticulously trying to do it better. And it is always a good idea to wheel with someone, rather than being out there by yourselve. We all started from knowing nothing about it.
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Old 01-07-2007, 07:58 PM   #13
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I grew up working on ranches and farms, but just had pick ups, so you just had to go fast to get through, now, I am 45, don't bounce anymore, gave up the dirt bike and fell in love with 4x4's. I have only gone to play once, and after being VERY carefull, had to buy a new tranny. Old enough to know someone knows better! Where U at? I have Sundays and Mondays off, but not a lot of extra $. Also, I am thinking my Jeep would look great with a waverunner towing behind it! As soon as I pay off Mama's Ranger!
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Old 01-07-2007, 08:45 PM   #14
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i think every jeep is different but as long as the water isn't over the hubs and your not blasting through it you should be fine. i went through over 2 feet of water with no side affects but i will never do water again. im sticking to rocks and hill climbs.
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I grew up working on ranches and farms, but just had pick ups, so you just had to go fast to get through, now, I am 45, don't bounce anymore, gave up the dirt bike and fell in love with 4x4's. I have only gone to play once, and after being VERY carefull, had to buy a new tranny. Old enough to know someone knows better! Where U at? I have Sundays and Mondays off, but not a lot of extra $. Also, I am thinking my Jeep would look great with a waverunner towing behind it! As soon as I pay off Mama's Ranger!

It is great....sorry for the cut off pic, at least you can see the spare tire
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Old 01-07-2007, 09:31 PM   #16
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that's it exactly!

Except the water there is way too cold for me!!! Thanks for the picture of my dream!!:o

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