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Unread 04-18-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Made it through floodwater, but...

I had to "rescue" my wife who was stuck at a hotel behind rising flood waters here in Chicago.
I drove my 2008 4dr Sahara through 3.5ft of river water for about 100 yds. Water was splashing up over the hood, but it made it back and forth fine.

Back at home, I used a leaf blower to try to dry out the engine. The hood itself filled with water which took a while to drain.

Now one of my after market lights just stays on. I disconnected it to keep the battery from draining until I rewire it.

What else should I do to prevent water damage? Oil change? Fuel additive? Grease?

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Unread 04-18-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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I would change the engine oil, transmission, t-case fluid, differentials. Might as well grease up any zerk fittings you have while you are doing the maintenance.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 05:52 PM   #3
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there are some fuel additives sold at autozone as well as an additive for an auto transmission to help get water out. i use both of those if i go to deep. i was in the same boat (haha) today driving around the flooded areas. i drove past a completely submerged civic...
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Unread 04-18-2013, 06:38 PM   #4
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If its a stock Jk there are no zirks. Makes that fix ezpz. They rest of the suspension is all replace when worn out. water may speed up that. If replaced with better parts they will have zirks. Then you can go crazy with the grease gun.

Good thing it did not hydro lock. hard to believe it did not.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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If its a stock Jk there are no zirks. Makes that fix ezpz. They rest of the suspension is all replace when worn out. water may speed up that. If replaced with better parts they will have zirks. Then you can go crazy with the grease gun.

Good thing it did not hydro lock. hard to believe it did not.
I was surprised as well. I only took mine deep enough to touch the bottom edge of my hood and i called it quits lol
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:00 PM   #6
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at some point I think I would have had her swim.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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Do you have a snorkel?
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:46 PM   #8
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I heard chicago was flooded, but I didn't think it was that bad over there. I'm only 60 miles from there. I guess it could flood I mean what only two days of sunshine in the last two weeks and rain the rest.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #9
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You should move faster....the grill will push that water away instead of letting it wash on your hood and over your intake.

if it stalls you need to be able to hoist your top into a sail pretty fast because water really likes to seep into sitting objects.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #10
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Judging from that (awesome) picture, that was an extremely risky trip. Hood-level deep = intake level deep. Unless you have a snorkel, you're very lucky that you made it.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 07:31 AM   #11
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Had a local guy try something similar.....his body was found Sunday I believe. Good job gettin it done.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:21 AM   #12
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Had a local guy try something similar.....his body was found Sunday I believe. Good job gettin it done.
last year in July we has one of those 100 years rains here, we get at the most a few inches a year. This storm had like 4 inches in a few hours. A guy in a Harley thought he could " make it". They found his body a mile down the wash.

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Unread 04-26-2013, 02:44 AM   #13
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last year in July we has one of those 100 years rains here, we get at the most a few inches a year. This storm had like 4 inches in a few hours. A guy in a Harley thought he could " make it". They found his body a mile down the wash.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MINoPet6E7A
I remember that very well haha
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Unread 05-03-2013, 12:28 PM   #14
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Glad you made it through, sounds like you got the water out asap! I went thru a puddle shorter than that and hydrolocked my 08, and there's apparently only one way outa THAT jam. so glad to hear someone with a happy ending!
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Unread 05-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #15
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Replace the engine, transmission, PCM, transfer case and wet seats! Just kidding. Drain everything out and replace with new fluids. I was around there two days after the storm. I was trying to get to Ikea in Schaumburg. I was taking Golf Road to get to Schaumburg. I was forced back. I ended up the highway. The water levels were really high. I wouldn't have done what you did in a unmodified Jeep. If one of those on board computers would have gotten wet your Jeep would be toast now. You are one lucky dude.
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