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Old 07-30-2005
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Hey i was drivin last night through some heavy rain and i was goin about 25. All of a sudden WOOFF went the water up on the sides and everything. I had hit water goin across the road about 6" deep and the water was about 30 ft across. Could this have messed anything up? My alignment isnt off but when i looked at it today the front wheels looked bowed out a little bit. Like some extra camber goin on or somthing. I dont know if thats how it was before but could hittin water that hard and deep do any harm?
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it shouldnt have if you were only going 25, im sure that if you were going faster you could have knocked something out of alignment.....
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If it was on the road you'll probably be just fine. Are yo sure your wheels weren't bowed any beforehand? I don't think going 25 is fast enough to mess anything up just hitting water.
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Nah man you're fine. Infact if I were you, I'd turn around and hit that puddle a few times. Last year aftera slushstorm, a sewer drain got clogged up near a school by my house. I go slowly thru it once, realize its one 120 foot long 5 inch deep massive puddle. I pull a U-turn and head back, then I make sure no cars are coming, lights on, wipers on hi, and plow thru that huge puddle at 40. There was a massive wall of water that shotup in front of my vehicle. I hope to get it on camera.

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Yeah, I did it all the time. Big puddles are fun! I do it on the road, off the road, I've whacked snow-banks, driven 70mph in a blizzard in 4x4...you name it, I've done it. Well, I haven't jumped it, but still.

You're fine.
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It'll help wash out any dirt in the engine bay, undercarriage, etc...

Just don't drive in water so deep it's above your wheel hubs. A few splashes won't do it, but submersion will. Then you should think about repacking your wheel bearings with grease.
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Ahhh, motors love those big gulps of water, blow the carbon right out of em... Seems like a bad idea to me...
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I don't think anyone is suggesting submersing your air intake.
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Nah man you're fine. Infact if I were you, I'd turn around and hit that puddle a few times. Last year aftera slushstorm, a sewer drain got clogged up near a school by my house. I go slowly thru it once, realize its one 120 foot long 5 inch deep massive puddle. I pull a U-turn and head back, then I make sure no cars are coming, lights on, wipers on hi, and plow thru that huge puddle at 40. There was a massive wall of water that shotup in front of my vehicle. I hope to get it on camera.

Aaron

been there done that, and LOVED it... did it once at 25, once at 45, and last time at 65.... never had a problem with the alignment... and nothing broke...

ahh good times... good times!
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Just be careful. If a puddle like that is only on one side of your truck, the extra drag on the one front tire can easily yank the steering wheel around and send you in a direction you didn't want to go. If the puddle is big enough that both sides are in it, it will be equal drag.
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....grab some ski's
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