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Driven there sub in a flood?


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#1 ericem

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 07:59 PM

Has anyone ever driven there sub through a flood. Just wondering,, would it leak inside. Did the engine die. Cause recently floods have been popular here in Ontario. I own a 93 legacy, but i don't know if its a good idea to do through deeper thank the hight of the car. Anyone done this?

#2 NoahDL88

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 08:04 PM

I have, but i have a snorkle, even at 25 years old the original door seals kept the water out.

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 08:25 PM

well, there no way my sub would fill with water, but i don't know if the engine would still run? i mean its pretty sealed. I think it has more to do with the spark plug seal.

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 08:31 PM

Well if you PLAN on doing this purpously, the guys on the older generation have lots of advice on this as they tend to like to teach their soobys how to swim.:cool:
The important things seem to be to make sure all the electrical connections are water proof by using lots of di-electric grease on all the electrical connectors, and making sure any black boxes are water tight.
The engine itself is water tight, and as long as it doesnt swallo any water your fine. Hydraulic lock is NOT pretty... and the other trick is to keep moving, and dont let the car stall.
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Posted 10 November 2005 - 08:42 PM

thx, i wouldn't do it purposly but im just saying if i get caught in it, or if its the only route.

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 08:49 PM

thx, i wouldn't do it purposly but im just saying if i get caught in it, or if its the only route.


Dont go deeper than your headlights!

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 08:56 PM

protect your computer, and snorkles are nice. if you suck in water, it sucks. but the computer is the most important.electronics and water dont mix very well i wouldnt do it unless you absolutly had to but what subrat84 said is a good rule of thumb

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 04:12 AM

Without any modding, you can go as deep as the center of the wheels. That'll reach just up to the bottom of the doors. At this depth, your engine bay won't flood.

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 09:59 AM

Dont go deeper than your headlights!


Not to state the obvius .... but if your talking a flash flood or something, you sit on dry ground and wait it out. More people die that way in flash floods ..."its not that deep" just people underestimate the force that moving water has a car, or even themselves... i would say anything 1/2 higher then your tires is bad, unless its still water, but even then how can you be sure about depth.

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 12:32 PM

The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away a vehicle. This includes pickups and SUVs.




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Posted 11 November 2005 - 12:35 PM

Regarding driving through floodds, not real recommended.

My son drove his Neon through a very deep puddle too fast. Water sucked into the air intake and hydro-locked the motor. Pushed a rod through the block.
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Posted 11 November 2005 - 12:44 PM

I've driven through standing water a little over halfway up on the wheels a few times (someone didn't engineer the drainage at work correctly). The plastic "skidplate" on the OBW seems to push the water pretty well.

I'd be worried about prolonged driving in water that gets near the radiator fans. If they kick on, they'll spray water all over the compartment.

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 02:49 PM

I've driven through standing water a little over halfway up on the wheels a few times (someone didn't engineer the drainage at work correctly). The plastic "skidplate" on the OBW seems to push the water pretty well.

I'd be worried about prolonged driving in water that gets near the radiator fans. If they kick on, they'll spray water all over the compartment.


The people swimming their subies put the electric fans on a switch, and take the belt driven fan off. I've seen pictures from the '60's of people taking the belts and fan off old pickups in order to ford creeks, then put them back on on the other side.

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 08:00 PM

Hydrolocking sucks. Thats when you pull water into the intake of the motor and it fills up the cylinders while its running. Driving through still water shouldn't be a problem to the top of the bumper. I would not go deeper. DOn't stop in the water, and don't rev too high while you're in. Keep it round 2k in first, and wade your way through. If youget addicted, make yourself a snorkel for the intake, then you don't risk hydrolocking. The computer is under the dash, so unless the car is full of water, you should be fine.




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