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Running through Mud will hurt your truck???

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Aw9d, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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    Aw9d

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    "You got mud in your tires" ~ My Cousin Vinny

    I have a 2011 Double Cab Pre-Runner 2X4. A buddy of mine who owns nothing but super huge lifted Chevy's and dodge's 4X4's keeps saying to me that if i take my truck out in the mud it will ruin/harm my truck. But he won't explain to me how or why?

    I'm not trying to crawl through 4 feet of mud. I'm going out to a place that is rather flat trails, that happen to be very muddy thanks to 2 days of rain and plan on tearing ass through them. Total dept, no more than 4-6 inches max of mud if I even encounter that.

    I do understand rocks and what not will scratch the paint maybe. But I just plan on running through some trails and spraying mud roosters behind me.

    I'm thinking my buddy is more talking about going through a few feet of mud, when I'm talking a few inches. Idk, he likes Dodge a lot so who know's what's going through his head. :D

    Is there something that can really damage the truck due to mud?
     
  2. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:32 AM
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    The few inches you are referring to? Not really. I hit mud like that all the time. Worse thing I get is a brake squeal, which goes away after pressing the brakes a few times.
     
  3. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:32 AM
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  4. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:33 AM
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    Getting mud/water sucked into your diff breather if you go deep enough. You would have to change your diff fluid.

    Having a tire come off the bead, maybe.

    Your buddy's pride when he sees your lowly Taco tearing ass thru the mud. :D
     
  5. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM
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    just don't get stuck, but if so bring a strap

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  6. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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    Deep mud can tear shit up but 4 inches shouldn't do much damage to your truck.
     
  7. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM
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    blackhawke88

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    I had an idler pulley explode and seize this past weekend due to my past mudding escapades. IH8MUD
     
  8. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:39 AM
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    Go Hit the Dam Mud For God sake! And enjoy it while your doing it! Your truck will be fine! Just dont drop into 4 feet of it brother!:D
     
  9. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM
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    That happened to me as well, but that was after three years of wheeling in all conditions! Mine was easy to replace,:D
     
  10. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:43 AM
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    haha, thanks guys! I planned on hitting the mud regardless, I didn't get this truck to keep it on the street! :)

    I really don't think that I'm going to hit deep mud.. Just a few inches, maybe 6 like I said. I'm not sure if he is just messing with me since I'm new to off-road or if he actually has reasons.

    I'll let you know how it goes after tonight ;)
     
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    You should've used A-TRAC. :rofl:
     
  12. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    Our trucks have 9" of clearance without a lift. You will be fine. As other said, don't go so deep the top of your differentials are submerged
     
  13. Dec 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM
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    All the abrasive material in mud gets worked into every knook and cranny and is very harsh on your rotating components. A good washing of the underside of your truck with a low pressure stream of water will help prevent premature failure of your parts...but if you make a habit of mud running shit will break earlier than normal.

    M.a.c.
     
  14. Dec 26, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    Just drive it! So what if there's more wear and tear by slingin a little mud. "Oh what fun it is to ride through a big mud hole tonight..."
     
  15. Dec 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM
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    A little mud is no problem. The important thing is to WASH THOROUGHLY afterward...mud becoming part of your truck and getting into pullies, belts, radiator fins, etc. is not a good thing.

    Personally I'm not big on it because I don't like the cleanup, but as with most things, as long as you do your maintenance, you'll be fine.
     
  16. Dec 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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    Mud gets in the frame and causes rust. Mud can wear belts by getting dirt stuck in them (turn the belt and look at the groves for shiny rocks:D) Gator back belts will fix this. Mud gets in the air intake no matter how careful you are. There are a million sensors that can leak and the mud/water will cause them to fail, Your rear brakes will get packed with mud and scince they are drum brakes they can seize up or just wear very fast. Also repeated mudding will chow through wheelbearings and axle seals like noones business. Water gets in the diffs/tcases and does not do happy things to gears. Causes rust and dirt will end up wearing through seals causeing drivetrain leaks.

    Although a few times a year with a little wash after wont cause any problems. its more so the sinking the truck up to the frame thats going to fuck it over.

    My buddies frame rusted out i wonder why:rolleyes:

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    and if you have a stick shift and your under water try not to shift. Can cause mud to get in the fingers in the clutch and cement it open... Long ride home in a tow truck because your friends jeep has a frozen clutch lol.
     
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