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Hydrolocked my engine with dealer plates still on...

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So here's my story. I was out playing around in puddles...really nothing big at all. On my way out I made one final run, a little water splashed on the hook and the engine died. I still have the dealer plates on her and they towed me, after my friends got me out of the water, to the dealership. I've read some of the threads and seen some people say that it was covered by Jeep for the repairs. I have a video of my final death run and it shows I was not exceeding the limits of "the most capable offroad vehicle". She's a stock JK Rubi and can climb anything I point her at...water seems to be an issue. I would love to hear any thoughts on this, what it could be, best wat to prevent it (what is the best snorkel?) and if anyone has had this happen and had it covered by warranty I'd really love to hear from you so I can have a little ammo when I go in to fight them.
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water may be the thing that kills the engine. but its not really the water's fault. it's the speed people hit it at that gets the water up to their intake.

for my rig, my hydrolock hole is ~44" from the ground (air intake)

during our monsoon season i went out wheelin' in the aftermath of storms, came across quite a few areas where the water was running up to my rock rails (24").

drove right on through, even one that put a couple inches of water into the tub, so about 28" deep.

but slowly and carefully.

adding speed to those crossings though, it would be very easy to dump water straight into that hole and kill the engine.

i do like making a big splash, but after reading one too many 'puddle = hydrolock' stories, i don't worry about the splash.
 

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commercials...

every time you spray axe deoderant, do those waves of bra-less women in white tshirts pile into your jeep with you while you take aim at puddles for the wet tshirt contest?

no. (unfortunately not in my world)

and "slow as possible, as fast as necessary."

that's been an adage for a long time. i've been hearing it for years, from quads back in the x90s to mt biking in the x00s and now jeeping in the x10s.

not that its easy for me to abide by, it is prudent advice.
 
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