Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Off-road Water Obstacle Tips

Tips to be aware of when wheeling through water obstacles

When you are off-road one of the  biggest factors that could cause some serious damage to your Jeep Wrangler. Here are some tips you need to be aware of.

The Jeep manual states when in 4L proceed very slowly through water with a constant slow speed -- 3 to 5 m.p.h. and light throttle. Keep moving and don't try to accelerate. 

If you cross water higher than the bottom of the axle differentials you should inspect all of the vehicles fluids for signs of water. 


  • Roll through the water slowly because there could be hidden rocks and holes in your path.
  • Watch the vehicle in front of you as they will help you see what could be in your way. 

  • Know your Jeep's capability. Jeep has some videos of their vehicles water-fording.

  • How deep should you go... well each vehicle is different. I tend to air on the side of caution. I don't like go higher than my bumper. Water can damage the engine, transmission, electronics and differentials. 

  • Like with any type of off-roading never go alone. You might need someone to pull you out of the water. 

  • Once out of the water be careful of your brakes. Use them lightly until they dry out.  

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