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Hydro locking

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Runnerjames6, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Apr 24, 2016 at 9:49 PM
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    What would be the best way to prevent hydro locking on a 5 Gen 4runner
     
  2. Apr 24, 2016 at 10:06 PM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    Don't inhale water?
     
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    ^ +1

    The intake is in the passenger side fender. Keep it above water and you won't have a problem.
     
  4. Apr 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    You can go pretty deep without a snorkel. This is about 3' deep, my ass end was floating. No issues at all. ...just don't stop. Gotta keep the revs up to keep the exhaust clear.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVw9N4T6aI
     
  5. Apr 25, 2016 at 10:18 AM
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    As long as the fender doesn't fill with water, you're fine. At least on the 4th gen it's actually pretty well sealed. I still need to do my rear breather extension, but I doubt I'll be seeing anything deep for awhile yet. Regardless, I do have a snorkel albeit it's mostly for dust control these days.
     
  6. Apr 25, 2016 at 10:27 AM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    Speaking of rear diff breather, i don't have one, and I changed my fluid after that (and a lot of smaller) crossing. Fluid was water-free. No problems.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2016 at 8:29 PM
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    that was impressive. and you didn't get any water in your air box? dose a snorkel help with keeping the water out.
     
  8. Apr 26, 2016 at 6:42 AM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    I did not.

    Snorkel might help some, but it's really there for driving through dust, not water.
     
  9. Apr 26, 2016 at 7:11 AM
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    I'd say a snorkel helps more in older vehicles with less electronics, but overall, it will help regardless until you swamp an ECU or something else important. I got it mostly for dust because the trails out here are generally really bad with it.
     
  10. Apr 26, 2016 at 8:28 PM
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    Thanks for the advice. had a friend with an 02 tacoma hydro lock his motor. i was not there at the time he said he didn't go in deep water. but thats his story.
     
  11. Apr 26, 2016 at 9:24 PM
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    There's a guy over on t4r that just killed his v8 because of an aftermarket bumper and no fender liner.
     
  12. May 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM
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    Fender skirts should always be inspected before fording.

    I killed an 01 Tacoma 6cyl. when it flooded in South Houston 4 years ago. I had gone in and out of puddles up to 3' high all afternoon but hit a puddle about 1' just right where the splash went into the air box
     
  13. May 1, 2016 at 9:22 AM
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    Forgot to mention I had the pleasure of fording again in the recent Houston floods on the Northside with my 16 runner. Went through a couple of spots up to 3' deep on long stretches of road. Trick is not to stop and keep wave crest going at a moderate crawl in 4. I did not plan on it and I was thinking to myself at the time what kind of dumbassery did I get myself into again. Twice. Door seals held perfectly. No other issues.

    I am going to put a snorkel on soon. I had one on my 01 Taco after its drowning. Got a new used moto installed the same time as the Toyota paid for frame replacement. Great truck.

    Other lesson: I would always check and or replace the fender well skirts. They are cheap to make and worth every penny. I believe the argument that they aid in keeping a small bubble under the chassis as well as splashes out. With a 5th gen 4Runner, the skirts should last a few years but still should be checked especially if you get work done to it. Sometimes a mechanic will pull them off the fasteners to change oil or adjust alignment. I always carried a bunch of spare fasteners for my Taco.

    I miss my Taco :( and after I rolled it on ice I made sure to go get another Toy.
     

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