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Old 06-16-2013, 10:07 AM
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Default At what point is the water too deep?

I was ripping through some trails yesterday with my new Nitto tires, but because we've had 2 months of rain, it was very, very wet. I came across a large puddle that was quite deep. I carefully waded in until the water reached the bottom of my lower fascia. Not knowing if it was going to get any deeper, I backed out and will wait until things dry up a bit before hitting that trail again.

So how high can the water go up the front of the truck before there's real risk of sucking water into the engine. I have no idea where the intake is on these trucks.

Not that I plan on pushing the limit with a brand new truck, but it's good to know whether I was 2 inches from risking damage or 12 inches.
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you'll have the tail pipe under water way before the air box. its up high on the fender rail.
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Also consider where the vent tubes exhaust for the transmission, transfer case, and fuel system purge. I am assuming the RAM has vent tubes but I'm not sure. I know my 2003 Tahoe had them, they were snaked up into the engine compartment the fuel system purge exhausted out near the fuel fill.
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you'll have the tail pipe under water way before the air box. its up high on the fender rail.
Assuming I was level in the water, yes, but it dropped off so the front was quite a bit lower than the rear. I'm not at all worried about the tail pipe being under water, it will exhaust whether it's submerged or not, I just didn't want to risk getting any water in the engine. Wasn't sure at what point it's beginning to get too risky to continue.

Realistically I wouldn't go in deep enough water that it would come over the bottom of the door, as I wouldn't want water getting inside the truck. So do you think it would be fine to drive in water as long as it's below the bottom of the doors? I'm guessing water will come into the truck before it gets sucked into the engine?
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I know after hurricane Ike in '08, we had a soaker of a rain storm. The water in the streets was high enough some cars were stranded by the time I got to it and there was no way I could turn around or back up but the mud line on the back of my truck was higher than the body line, and my truck is not leveled, so I know it was pretty deep. I just slowed way down, held my breath and kept going lol, no damage. I'm sure if I had opened my door I would have had water but I made it through no problem.

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Someone asked a similar question here a couple days ago and I believe the conclusion was that the wading depth is 20".
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Someone asked a similar question here a couple days ago and I believe the conclusion was that the wading depth is 20".
What exactly is the wading depth?
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It's the maximum recommended depth for fording in a vehicle.
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I'd have to add, try taking a look at your vent tubes on your rear diff, front diff, transmission, and transfer case on your 4x4. Get the same vent tube hose diameter for each and lengthen to just below your airbox or upper area of your wheel wells. I believe the front diff vent tube is quite short so be careful in fording deeper until you prep your vent tubes a bit longer and higher bud.
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I'd have to add, try taking a look at your vent tubes on your rear diff, front diff, transmission, and transfer case on your 4x4. Get the same vent tube hose diameter for each and lengthen to just below your airbox or upper area of your wheel wells. I believe the front diff vent tube is quite short so be careful in fording deeper until you prep your vent tubes a bit longer and higher bud.
Thanks. I'll look into doing that before I go into deep water again. This is all stuff I didn't know even existed until I read these posts
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