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When you encounter a BOG HOLE:-

Always try to drive around it, as the depth of water and mud is unknown, however, if there is no alternative, check the various depths with a wading stick’.
Turn on the windshield wiper before plowing through a big mud puddle.
If you are not on your own, observe the vehicle in front. Sometimes a wave rolling across a mud hole will expose a shallow shelf that you can get your wheels on.

• If beginning to be stuck, swing the steering wheel from side to side.
• If the wheels spin, ease off the throttle.
• If stuck, try immediate reverse and stay in own tyre ruts.
• Select appropriate gear, usually 2nd or 3rd low range, depending on
depth, diff lock and lockers (if fitted) engaged.
• Steady power and momentum must not be lost.

Wash off any mud from inside of wheel rims. Failure to do this could cause bad wheel balance problems. Check that there is no mud on the radiator, as this will cause overheating.
Clean any mud caked onto the driveshaft as it could throw them out of balance and cause damage.

If you get water in computer, stripdown the computer as much as possible and dry with compressed air and spray with WD40.

• For recovery when bogged, it is possible to lift the rear end and slew it sideways for a better position for grip. If forward movement looks impossible, reverse out of trouble.
Alternately, lift the body and place under the bogged wheels branches, rocks or ‘recovery mats’.
• These methods in mud or sand can save hours of digging.
• If a wheel has been driven into a ditch and traction is lost, it may be possible to place an airbag jack (better than a Hi-Lift) underneath the wheel so that it can be lifted. This usually allows one axle to regain sufficient traction to drive or be pulled clear, little by little, with the bag remaining in place but rolling under the vehicle.
• Try lifting the wheels and filling the holes with leaves, twigs, rocks etc. or cut down small trees/branches.
• If a snatch recovery is necessary, remember to fasten your seat belt!
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