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Unread 06-12-2016, 05:50 PM   #1
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Default Maintenance after being in deep water

Fixing up a 2008 Bad Boy Buggy I got a few months ago. Runs and drives fine.

-I pulled the winch because it was clicking but not moving- Once I pulled it apart it was a rusty/ muddy disaster. Obviously had been submerged at some point and was a total goner...

That got me thinking about the axles and motors (solid axles front and rear with individual drive motors). The winch is several inches higher than front axle motor, so I have to assume everything was under water at some point.


- Any suggestions for preventative maintenance??

1. I plan to drain and change out the differential oil. Anything else i need to do for the axle (bearings?)
2. What about the motor? Do I need to pull it apart and try to flush or clean it?

It's working now, so dont want to do more harm than good but looking at the winch made me worried about what my axles and motors look like!!
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Unread 06-12-2016, 07:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: Maintenance after being in deep water

If you are worried, I would look at wheel bearings.

Around here, we have a lot of sand. So when things get in water, they always get very fine sand in bearings and such. Repeated use means replacement parts for us usually.
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Unread 06-13-2016, 12:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: Maintenance after being in deep water

I would change all fluids for sure. check
wheel bearings. also check the shocks.
know that sounds crazy, but I once flooded
an old jeep cj5. after everything was cleaned
and changed, found a lot of mud caked in
the shocks. actually broke one. good luck.
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Unread 06-13-2016, 09:05 PM   #4
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Default Re: Maintenance after being in deep water

I ran a UTV in the deep water once.
Found a bunch of water on top of the piston when I pulled the spark plug and turned it over.
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Unread 06-20-2016, 07:01 PM   #5
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Default Re: Maintenance after being in deep water

thanks for the advice

Anything I should look at or inspect on the front axle motor?
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Unread 06-20-2016, 07:54 PM   #6
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Default Re: Maintenance after being in deep water

I would definitely drain the oil out of it! And replace it. I'm sure there's water in there.
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