Know Exactly What to do Before Attempting Water Crossings
Don’t go into this advanced maneuver without first knowing what to expect and what you should do if it goes wrong
- If you are hesitant or are not sure of the crossing, do not attempt it on your own. Have another person in a vehicle fitted with a winch to come with you in the instance where your engine stops mid-crossing, or you get stuck and you need to be rescued.
- Check the crossing including the exit before you plunge in.
- Water depths of up to 30cm can be handled fairly easily but will depend on the type of bottom and the current flow. Soft sand and/or a strong current can make even a shallow crossing a problem. A snorkel for deeper water may be required.
- Spray electrical components with WD40 before entering the water.
- Loosen the fan belt unless it has an auto clutch (auto clutch will still spin at higher RPM). A spinning fan can spray water onto the electrics.
- In deeper water (over 30cm) remove fan belt and fit blind to help create a bow wave.
- Keep speed down, but fast enough to create a bow wave – low second gear is best.
- Do not disengage clutch or change gears.
- Keep the engine running, even if you stop. If the engine does stop, DO NOT restart it. Winch or snatch out.
- After crossing, dry your brakes out. Check all oils for contamination if you’ve been driving regular, deep crossings, or you’ve become stuck.
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