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Old 04-01-2010, 07:41 PM
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Got in DEEP water, what to check

Went out to jones swamp to be the tow truck today. I fell into some ruts that swallowed my hole front end and I kept goin and the rear end got stuck in it. The water was up to my Fx4 sticker. My 4wd quit working at this point and I was stuck. Had a decently build 4runner at least get my exhaust out but then he got stuck. Of course I kept the truck running. Had another powerstroke come pull me out no problem, but then my smart idea to turn around on the trail in wet sand with no 4wd got me stuck sideways on a trail. Broke my 15k strap a bunch of times and remembered the howzer I have in my bed, got me turned around and headed out of there. While my truck was in there, my gas gauge went up 1.4 tank which freaked me out bad because I thought I was filling it up with water, which ended up to be just the angle of the truck. I did have some oil (diesel)? floating around the puddle after. My oilpan has a few separations which make me wonder. They have always been there, just wondering if any damage could be done, since the weep hole is right there too. Thats my main concern. Went and parked a truck and hopped in the 4 runner and followed the most badass OBS I have ever seen. It was all stock except the stack cut thru the hood, it had bald tires but it didnt stop one time back in this swamp. I dont know how he kept it from getting stuck. Anyways what should I check over in my truck?
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I wouldn't start it. Drain the oil & get it analyzed. See how much water is in it. Also open up the intake & look for water. If so, pop off intercooler pipes, dry it out. These guys on here will help you out. Good luck. We don't have swamps here.
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I cant imaagine theres really anything to worry about considering the motor. The only thing that I would consider is the diff. fluid. We have built numerous mud trucks and it still amazes me what can make its way into your gearing.....If nothing else heres a bump
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I wouldn't start it. Drain the oil & get it analyzed. See how much water is in it. Also open up the intake & look for water. If so, pop off intercooler pipes, dry it out. These guys on here will help you out. Good luck. We don't have swamps here.
do you think water could have gotten in the oil? As for the I/C piping and intake if both are designed to suck air while moving so for sitting in mud it shouldnt really be able to suck anything in right? Or am I thinkin wrong?
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I drove it 30 miles home, everything was sounding, running and feeling fine.
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Unless you have a hole in your oil pan then you should be fine, but if you had a hole then you would have lost all your oil anyways. The differential is what I would worry about if you were up to the fx4 sticker then you probably had the diferential vent tube submerged. As long as the cap on the tube worked right it should be fine. I used to go through some deep stuff and never had any problems but maybe somebody else knows better than me
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definitely check your gear oil.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:22 PM
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do you think water could have gotten in the oil? As for the I/C piping and intake if both are designed to suck air while moving so for sitting in mud it shouldnt really be able to suck anything in right? Or am I thinkin wrong?
When I read that it swallowed your whole front end, & water up to your FX4 stickers, I thought you would have sucked it in through your air cleaner. Didn't know you drove it home. Prolly OK.
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The hole dropped the front end down and then the front end came up on the other side and my rear wheels fell in in the hole truck wasnt underwater like that thank god
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I put the whole front of my truck in a deep hole once - swallowed the entire front end, had muddy water rolling over my hood - but somehow didnt have water in the intake either. Drove home fine.

Good luck to you. Any idea why you lost 4wd? What if you manually locked the front end? Were you relying on Auto on the hubs?
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