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Deep Water Crossings should only be attempted only in an emergency or if going back is not an option. If you do happen to stall in deep water, here's what you need to do:-

• Remove all the spark plugs and coil lead and drive on using the starter motor, or recover to the shore before attempting to crank over the engine.

• Once on dry ground, eject the water in the motor by cranking. Spray each cylinder and all parts with WD40 or similiar water displacement spray. Use compressed air with caution, when blowing out water from components, particularily electrical, as forcing water deeper into the component to be dried may compound damage.

• Check the dipstick for water in the oil. If the oil level is reading too high, there is water in the sump. If the vehicle has been standing for awhile, the water may have separated from the oil. Pull out the dipstick. If there are a few water droplets clinging to it, there may be a problem, if so, remove the sump plug and drain off the water. If the dip stick shows a ‘sauce’ then the water has been ‘whipped’ into the oil and needs changing around 5 times, running the engine between changes. One change will usually get you home if you drive slowly.

• Lube all U joints and ball joint as soon as possible.
• Petrol will separate from the water and float on top of it. Use a siphon to remove the water from the bottom of the tank. Add ½ a cup of metho to the petrol. If water has been found in the fuel tank, check fuel filter, fuel pump and fuel lines (your off-road kit should include these spares).

• Check for water in the air cleaner. If yes! Water has probably got into the engine. Dry.

• If water gets into the computer, strip it down as much as possible, blow dry with compressed air (with caution), and spray with WD40.

• Check power steering reservoir. If it’s a pinky frothy colour it needs changing. Stiff and jerky operation is the symptom and damage to the power steering box will occur if the oil is not changed. To clear the system, remove the low-pressure hose (usually the one without crimped fittings on the end) and drain. Reconnect the hose and fill the reservoir. If no power steering oil is available, vegetable oil or transmission oil could be used.
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