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I hydrolocked my engine today.

Almost. Went back to where the jeep was stuck, and went for it. Went thru like 4x, and on my way back, I drove thruogh some water filled ruts and soon as I cleared those my truck stalled. Got out, popped the hood, air filter was DRIPPING with muddy water. Gave it to my buddy with the jeep and had his drive up and down this 3mile long road to air it out. Then came home... close call. No engine light either and everything still works.

The ruts on the right almost hydrolocked me



this hole is about 30+ feet acrossed and almost 3 ft deep













































What a fun time that was~! Thought I was in trouble a couple times.... Had I got stuck, I dont think my buddys Jeep could have pulled me out..
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You should change your oil several times if you haven't already.
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wow close call, glad everythings all good though. looks like you'll have fun cleanin that bad boy up
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Sweet!! Sucks about almost hydro locking your truck though.
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I did the same thing once, I now carry a spare filter with me.
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I wish i had a muddy place like that around me.


lower your spare tire when you clean under there
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Lucky call on that one. Looks like a fun time though. You need to ditch those tails and send that waag bar to me and you'll be good to go.
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Looks like fun but a scary close call man. Glad it all worked out. Clean the undercarage really well and make sure everything is still looking good
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got the big clumps off... pulled it on to the driveway, pulled driver side front tire, thats all clean now. Seems i tore the boot for the steering where it connects to the spindle... I know thats torn from my lil adventure since its only got 14K miles on it...

Pulled a stick, about a foot long, and about 1.5 inches in diameter out from around my front t case,.... Along with a tennis ball size rock from on top of my tcase skid plate.

the engine actually stayed relatively clean... now i gotta put the front tire back on, and pull the rear.... and check the rear diff too.. Probably change the oil tomarrow... its not like im going anywhere.

I pull the dipstick and see what the oil looks like.

this 'mud hole' is about 20 miles away. out in the middle of no where.
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looks good, i think thats the dirtiest i've ever seen ur truck
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It IS the dirtiest my truck has EVER been. Seriously, I have never seen my truck THIS dirty... I have alot of work ahead of me, but its alright. I might pull it into the garage tonight so i can work on it tomarrow, its supposed to get cold and rain.
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What kind of filter are you runnin? an open or stock box? i've been through much more than that with no problems.
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Stock. but im not lifted, at all...
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You got water up there from the splash not because how deep it was. Probably closer to 12-18 inches deep. Definitely not 3'.
Definitely change all your fluids.
Looks like fun and exactly IMO what a truck was made for....playing in the mud.
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Stock. but im not lifted, at all...
If you're answering my question that wasn't what i was lookin' for? I haven't been through much in the month or so i've been lifted either. So stock i've been through a bunch. i was wondering what air filter style you have...
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ya i have a stock air filter. I am not paying $200 for 3hp
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thats why i dont drive through water that fast
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you got lucky!
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you didnt hydrolock it. if you did it wouldnt run.

you just suffocated it from air, filter gets wet and air cant pass through.

sweet pics tho
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same thing happened to me once... it sux @$$.
i was goin like 40mph thru a puddle bout the same size.
just soaked the airbox i guess
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same thing happened to me once... it sux @$$.
i was goin like 40mph thru a puddle bout the same size.
just soaked the airbox i guess
+1 I thought I killed my 4.0 when I was driving through puddles after a hurricane. That same stupid stunt helped to warp my rotor on that side as well. Oh well, you live and learn. I keep revving it up keep it running, instead I was folding the filter on itself and trying to suck it up the tube. Thank goodness for the metal part to keep it together.
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what kind of spot is that anyways .... looks like clearence for power lines ... or an alpine ski run in the summer lol
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What are those two red things near the diff. cover on both sides?
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Badass ACTION shots!
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AHA! 99ranger4x4 aka matt, you loose.
if he made it, i can make it!!!!
yaay!

ok, end rant

sick pics. im glad you got to go out and play in it, good job man :)
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