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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-16-2017, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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driving thru water

What should I be aware of when driving thru water and how do I know?
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Depth and if the water is cloudy, there can be debris that you don't see that can include rocks, sticks, etc. Rocks can damage your lower control arms and sticks can puncture brake lines and CV axle boots.

As far as depth, you can look at your owners manual and there should be a max wading depth. Just look around your machine and find where all of the vents for the front and rear diffs and belt housing are as well as the air intake tube. If you get water in one of those, it can damage the components inside.

You also have to think about splashing water up into the vent/intake tubes. If you want to go deeper, you can buy a snorkel kit as well as a radiator relocate to keep it out of mud/water to keep it unclogged.

When crossing water that you believe to be too deep, you should be mindful when turning around, especially if the water is cloudy. If it's not too deep, keep a constant speed to create a wave. The water will displace where your quad is and the wave you push will be deep, but your quad should be fine.

If you do go too deep, you can put the quad on the back rack to drain the water out. Pull the plug on the belt housing to drain water. Remove spark plugs to inspect the cylinders to make sure they don't have water in them. Check front diff oil, rear diff oil, and engine oil for water. Go ahead and change it. If your engine takes in water and you continue to run it, you'll compress the water since it's not combustible and it will bend the connecting rod(s) and will result in catastrophic engine failure.

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How do i know if i have water in engine

Thank you! I keep reading about riders who have water where the belt is and clutch housing. How do I know if I have water there?
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If you get water in the belt housing, you will know. The belt will start slipping, and you eventually will stop moving. Not a big deal, unless you get stranded out in the deep water. You just pull the plug, (unscrew the little red plug on the rear of the housing) drain the water, start the atv in neutral and rev the engine several times to dry things out. Replace the plug and ride on.
The best method for water crossings when the depth is unknown is to have your riding buddy cross first...
The owners manual will tell you that the floor boards are as deep as you can go. We all know they will do much more than that. Once you get to the top of the tires, you need to be careful. If it gets to the seat, it's time to turn back.
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If you get water in your clutch housing, your belt will begin to slip. You can tell it is slipping when you are giving the quad gas but it is moving very slowly or not at all. If this happens, get out of the water as fast as you can and pull the plug on the clutch housing to allow it to drain. Once the water stops running out, let it run in neutral for awhile and give it a bit of gas. This will allow the belt to spin and dry out the housing.
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Once you get to the top of the tires, you need to be careful. If it gets to the seat, it's time to turn back.
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FYI, this was too deep.

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FYI, this was too deep.

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