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Old 01-18-2006
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I buried my truck tonight :(

Hey everyone, i did something realy stupid tonight and i sort of regret it. I was driving threw a construction zone tonight at 10:30pm when all of a sudden a patch of hard dirt turned into 15 inches of mudd. It took about an hour for my friend to pull me out. I had the front end buried upto the foglights. It was a good thing i put my hitch on my truck monday cuz that was the only way to get me out. (thanks zach!)

I already took my truck threw the self serve carwash, but there is still a ton of mud on it. I'll get pics tomorow, i totally ruined my interior, and will get pics of that asap.

My truck is making all kinds of noises, belt squeeling bad, there are rocks stuck in the calipers, the air vent sounds like a blender etc.... It also sounds like i poped a tire but im not sure. I'll look at the damage tomorow. Also the brakes dont seem to be working too swell. Tomorow i will spend the whole day cleaning, good thing i have the day off. As of now im realy pissed off.

Anything in particular i should spend cleaning? Im probably gonna take all 4 wheels off to clean

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Wheeling at night can be bad. I hope everything isn't as bad as you make it sound. Was the mud watery, or was there water sitting on it?

Clean the engine good with a pressure washer, take the air intake off and look at the maf, and the air inlet, if it's spotless you should be fine if the filter isn't wet.
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man that sux....thats why i dont really go at night in less im out in the woods up north hunting or something.
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My little bit of help is this- I have found rocks LOVE to get stuck in between the "rock sheild" (which could be more ironic) and the caliper. It is the thin metal on the inside of the caliper(on left side of pass. tire and viseversa) I would check that if your lookin for rocks. Other than that good luck and keep us updated.
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thanks everyone for the advice so far, i feel terrible that i put my truck threw some ****. Im also thankfull that my friend went out of his way to pull me.

The type of mud was like a little puddle on top and then i sunk instantly up to the foglights.

Ever since i was a kid, i loved to play in the dirt. I guess it runs in my veins, the past 2 trucks i've owned were 4x4 dakota and i ruined them offroad, i though that buying a 2wd drive ranger that i wouldn't go wheeling but i guess not. I am addicted, i need to limit it especially at night
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couch4x2cough..jk man, but yea at least you got out..what sucks is whenyou have no help and you have to leave it.

you were just talkn about yr tow hook and wheeling today too..weird
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dang dood that sucks...get pics...just clean everythin down..hit with water when once all the dirt is off wipe it down because it will leave the look of dirt..its a nasty mo fo
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That really sucks! I hope everything is ok w/ your truck, but remember this: 'Life's a dance you learn as you go'. By the way get some pics up soon.
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get some kc's!!! lol Im sorry bout that man!!! hope everything turns out better for ya
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My little bit of help is this- I have found rocks LOVE to get stuck in between the "rock sheild" (which could be more ironic) and the caliper. It is the thin metal on the inside of the caliper(on left side of pass. tire and viseversa) I would check that if your lookin for rocks. Other than that good luck and keep us updated.
I've had that happen to me a few times too. It makes the most horrible squealing noise.
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My friend had the EXACT same thing happen to him in his Full size dodge. We were driving (at a construction site, a night), over this field looking thing, when all of a sudden the ground sunk in, and we went to the LAND OF THE LOST!!

Seriously though, we ended up 'borrowing' a front end loader to get him out, no 4x4 that we had could touch him. Hey, we put it back (the front end loader).
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Hitches are great things to have... good to see you got it out.
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Seriously though, we ended up 'borrowing' a front end loader to get him out, no 4x4 that we had could touch him. Hey, we put it back (the front end loader).
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Construction sites can be bad news for a lot of reasons. You also don't know what's IN the dirt. I have a dent on my front crossmember that came from doing something like that in the quarry in Centralia when I was out with Doc one time a couple of years ago.

It was a place they'd just cleared and graded and consisted of rutted dirt tracks laid on fill between large blocks of stone taken from the quarry. Well, I went bombing along hard because it was uphill and the dirt was soft. I hit one of the "rock shelves" which tilted up a bit and I went over it and when I came down -- BANG!!!

Turns out the dirt on the other side of it had just been pushed into place, but not yet "packed". When my tires landed the truck sunk in it like mud and the entire weight of the front end landed on a HUGE rock buried in the dirt, right on the crossmember.

If you've never landed on a frame piece, you have no idea of how "bone jarring" the impact is. You have no suspension or tires between you and landing. It was so hard I was absolutely SURE my truck was broken. But, when I got out of there, all there was was a very nasty dent in the skidplate, and only later did I find out the crossmember underneath was also dented in.

You can't see it with my new skidplate over it but I remember it. If I never feel such an impact again, that's okay by me!

I've also developed more of a habit of walking out new terrain where "surprises" could be damaging now. Word.
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^^ it truly is bone jaring, i was crawl'n on some rocks when i was up in northern MN, and i went to get of the shelf and when i went over the other side i came across a nice 3' or so tall rock that my bumper landed on...man that felt great, luckily missed my tow hooks
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My little bit of help is this- I have found rocks LOVE to get stuck in between the "rock sheild" (which could be more ironic) and the caliper. It is the thin metal on the inside of the caliper(on left side of pass. tire and viseversa) I would check that if your lookin for rocks. Other than that good luck and keep us updated.
If you get a rock in there it will squeal worse than a stuck pig.
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ouch.
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i hate playin at night u never know what can happen.
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REPACK YOUR WHEEL BEARINGS. i can not stress that you do that enough. same sorta sunkenness happend to me when i was wheeling in my 97 on time. i didnt and i thought the squeeling was a stuck rock and i didnt have time to get in there and get it out for like 3 days (work/school) so i let it go and on the third day i was driving home and off poped the front tire when the one wheel bearing seized. Distroyed everythign from the axle out.
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Sorry to hear about that Andrew...but hey, it happens. It's still a good capable truck!
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REPACK YOUR WHEEL BEARINGS. i can not stress that you do that enough. same sorta sunkenness happend to me when i was wheeling in my 97 on time. i didnt and i thought the squeeling was a stuck rock and i didnt have time to get in there and get it out for like 3 days (work/school) so i let it go and on the third day i was driving home and off poped the front tire when the one wheel bearing seized. Distroyed everythign from the axle out.
I'm with you! The seals suck, at least on 4x2's for sure, and my old grease turned to soup from the water that got in there.

Now, they get cleaned/repacked at LEAST twice a year, and I'm putting new seals on (cheap) each time. I'm using a soap-free PAO synthetic grease that doesn't combine easily with water. TomPac TP-2557 if I remember correctly. Search for "tompac" and you'll find my post on it (and this one, lol)...
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OOPS. It's Tom-Pac, lol. Here's the post I made about grease and water-solubility:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=12186
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here man this might make u feel better here is my buddys truck stuck he also hydro locked the engin(he fixed it in a few days) flooded the interior and best part he got the truck 4 days before right now he does have and flooring in his truck hes getting some when taxes come in (maybe)
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^ damn, that looks like one of those rescue missions you see on tv
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