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Recently there has been alot of rain...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by myname150, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Sep 7, 2010 at 6:40 PM
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    myname150

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    Recently there has been all this rain here in my area (houston,tx...more specifically sugar land, tx) It comes so fast the sewers cant keep up and the roads endup either flooding or having massive puddles. when it does flood its not deep like up to my door or anything, just the road is covered in maybe half an inch or an inch of water.

    I usually slow down to 35~ mph when theres alot of water, but still alot of water gets splashed everywhere. I'm worried about hydrolocking and also getting the alternator wet, i also have noticed my brakes are crappier than ever, but my guess is because they're wet. Could any other problems arise from these huge puddles?
     
  2. Sep 7, 2010 at 6:48 PM
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    You would have to drive thru a LOT of puddles to hydrolock...or flood out an alternator.

    Might see some water spots and what not...but puddles aren't usually that big a deal...
     
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    um, hydroplaning? Slow down a bit and dry the brakes after puddles...

    Other than that you should be fine...
     
  4. Sep 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    Jeez...It seriously hasn't rained at all for like 45 days here in my part of Indiana. It's crazy we got like a quarter inch about a month ago but that's about it lol. This was the driest August we have ever had, ever. Kinda wierd because we are a week into September and still no rain, the leaves are already starting to kind of change or just fall on some trees

    Anyway, as to your question you just need to be careful when crossing unknown depths of water. I have owned three Jeep Cherokees and 1 Wrangler and have gotten myself in plenty of hairy situations involving water. With a a simple 3" lift I was able to go through flood water that almost came in my doors and I was sitting on 33's the trick is to go SLOW. Even if it doesn't look that deep, and everyone might be flying through it, you want to be cautious because it can cause some problems under the hood but more importantly you probably know that when you go through a lot of water very fast you force a wall of water at your on coming traffic as well as a wall of water that can come over your windshield and block your vision. It's just common sense stuff but easily forgotten.

    I have only owned my '10 Taco for about 7 months and I really don't care for the brakes. They feel mushy/spongy, that was one of the only complaints Edmunds and other review sites could find with the Tacomas, not sure what causes it. If yours are just sucking when wet then it could be just that, they are wet. This is just another reason to go slow when going through deeper than normal streaches of road.
    Sorry, I kinda rambled but I wouldn't worry about hydrolocking as much as the road hazards of crossing water, the slower you can go, the safer you should be.
     
  5. Sep 7, 2010 at 7:16 PM
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    Yeah i just noticed that alot of the puddles are on the right side so i avoid that lane, but when i have too. i know the air intake is right there on the passenger side so i worry about water getting in there. Some lady in a camry splashed a shit load of water on to my windshield today. wtf. :mad:

    I dont think there would be any unknown depths, i know these roads pretty well. i doubt water can get too deep lol


    Actually, So FAR i havent hydroplaned in these BFG Long Trails, im very happy with them...but yeah i know its no excuse to drive recklessly in bad weather!


    Alrighty then. The thing is there IS alot of puddles haha.
     
  6. Sep 8, 2010 at 6:55 AM
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    I would not worry about water puddles and intakes or alternators. I live just a bit east of you and have never had any engine bay/water problems on this truck or the last one due to puddles.

    Now, when the streets do start to flood in my neighborhood, once or twice a year or so, there can be a foot of water in the road. Brakes and wheel bearings start to be a concern for me. One way to handle the brakes after they're wet, and after you get out of the water, is to lightly drag the brakes while driving forward. This should dry them out quicker. Can also do this while in the water, but this hasn't been too effective for me. Wheel bearings, well, that's just a time will tell thing. Really depends on the length of time they are submerged.
     
  7. Sep 8, 2010 at 7:10 AM
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    OP - Yeah the rain has sucked lately. I love puddles and do my best to drive through them when no one else is around :D I have not had any problems EVER with a wet alternator or brake issues (lived in Houston for 13 years now).
     
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    were getting tons of rain right now in north TX as well. One street I drove down today was so flooded that you couldnt see the middle stripes. curb to curb water...probably 4 + inches of water on the road.
     
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    on my way to work this morning. too bad I didnt have a water plow
     
  10. Sep 8, 2010 at 12:19 PM
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    Man, send some of that here. Like I said above, it hasn't rained in like a month and a half. Yesterday it looked promising...but it passed us by. Way north and south got it, but not central Indiana, grass is beyond brown... I'm afraid that it will all come when the weather finally gets comfortable outside.
     
  11. Sep 8, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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    I hate all this freaking rain. It's nice for an hour or two, but when you have to walk to fucking class and it's pouring.....:mad::annoyed::smash::censored: :frusty:
     
  12. Sep 8, 2010 at 8:01 PM
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    Yeah ill take the brake thing into use lol. What exactly are "wheel bearings" and where are they?


    OH HELL YEAH. Ive been living in houston all my life (17 years and still going) And ive been driving since i was 15, im a little more cautious now about my driving so i was worried i would mess something up...but also in the back of my mind im thinking "awe well, these toyota trucks never die no matter what you do :D"


    Lol last time i ever saw roads that flooded was when tropical storm allison hit houston in 01 i think.


    Yeah its such a pain! its quite a walk from the school to my parking spot in the parking lot.
     
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