Offroading in the rain. (damage control)
Well I swore off taking my Ranger mudding recently...but
My buddy had work off today and he showed me some trails here around my hometown. There were many miles of New England forest with mud pits, boulders, downed trees and my least favorite: road swamps. There was this one part of the trail that had three of these mucky water pits in a row. After the second one there was a berm so you had to be going pretty fast if you wanted to make it up, over and then through the last water hole. Well I got through all of them fine, but the middle one almost sunk me. My friend said the water was well over the bumper of my ranger.
All this = swamp water in the engine bay. I started to hear a rattling coming from my engine, and I stopped and popped the hood to check for damage. Water everywhere, on the intake, air box, radiator. I isolated this new rattle to the tensioner pulley, which was visibly doing a shimmy. We both agreed that it was obviously the shitton of water that had made this part start to shake and rattle. Five minutes later all the noise stopped and everything was back to normal.
Do you guys think I did permanent damage to the fan belt tensioner?? I'm about ready to go on a road trip, and I don't want this thing breaking off when I 'm a thousand miles from home. I don't mind replacing it, but I don't want to waste $ by throwing away a perfectly good part...
2004 4x4, ex-fleet vehicle. 4.0 v6 with 110 k, 4.10 gears.
Modifications: Whelan hidden strobes, Ion 174 alloys, yokohama geolander at 235s, billet grille, airbox mod, Dynomax exhaust. slight torsion crank. More to come!!