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Icon5 Took in water offroading, help?

So today i went offroading on my lunch break at work. i hit a pretty big mud pit, had water in it and my trucked kinda bogged down but didnt stall out. It bogged for abt 10-15 seconds and then ran fine. Got to work and took the air filter out, pretty wet so I let it air dry out. Only thing is im wondering what i need to do, is there water in the cylinders or will it just burn away with the heat of the engine? A little help guys, id aprreciate the input.
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I would change the oil. The water can cause issues.
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Thats what i thought too, im sure its gonna be a little milky, it wasnt a lot of water either, just enough to casue that little issue!
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just change your oil and air filter first chance you get and you should be fine
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If it only bogged down I would assume water got into the filter and was not allowing the correct amount of air thus making it bog down.

I would say your engine is fine and I dought enough got into the engine to make the oil milky but it wouldn't hurt to change it.
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Hey thanks a lot guys, ya know its always nice to get someone elses opinion then to assume the worse
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if it drove you back to work afterwords id say they're no problem just clean your air filter and change the oil
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Yea it ran percfectly fine, just making sure im not over looking any possible issues, but for sure oil, oil filter and air filter!
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I took on enough water to hydrolock my engine. If theres water in the cylinders it will NOT run. Water neither compresses nor combusts. I would change the oil, after I hydrolocked mine the oil was really dirty but no milyness. Just change it out and youll be fine. I did have a rough idle after I sucked in water, but a thing of lucas in the gas tank and a tank of premium and she runs like new now

Another reason it could have bogged down is if you got water on your electricals. Once again, if its still running you did no real damage.
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I did notice rough idle, like it would idle real low and then come
back up to normal.
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check your plugs....kinda a pain but if water did get in to the cylinders, it coulda damaged the plug
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Stay clear of water!!!!
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Stay clear of water!!!!
bah, waters awsome when your just cruising through it though!
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Yea but the best thing is to crawl through in 4 low, not make a huge splash and mess stuff up like i did haha
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i hydrolocked my engine about a month ago, and my plugs were shot. u might want to replace those as well
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just remember if you drive thruogh a big enough mud hole, and the truck stalls... DONT try to restart it till you check your air box...

My air filter was SWIMMING in water... truck was fine though. drove it home and spent the next 6 weeks cleaning it...
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