Mud, a cautionary tale

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As you know I found some mud on Sunday and got comprehensively bogged
and ended up getting towed by a LandRover of all things.
Here are some serious and not so serious lessons that I have learnt
from the day:
1. If you are going to get stuck, make sure that you get towed out by
another LC - I have been getting it in the ear by Craig (who was with
me and has a RangeRover) ever since about the great LC having to be
rescued by a LR!
(Having said that, I suspect that if the LR was as far in as me the
situation might have been reversed, it was deep sticky stuff).
2. If you are going to pressure wash your vehicle, do it immediately
before all the mud dries on solid and takes more effort to shift.
3. Never wash a car in the dark. Even if you have outside lights it is
amazing how much mud you miss, particularly in really obvious places.
4. If the mud has dried on solid, run a garden sprinkler over the mud
before re-applying the pressure washer, it shifts a lot quicker.
5. Grease round all the UJs on the prop after pressure washing to force
out the water - my rear UJ went because there was more water than
grease in there.
6. Check to see if you have any stones on the inside of your wheels - I
found a two or three reasonably sized stones caught between the wheel
and the disks and disk guards - they were rattling a bit and being
flints could have caused a bit of damage if they had got wedged between
the disk and the wheel.
7. Engage diff locks before you approach the mud.
8. Also put your wellies on before approaching the mud!
9. Always use someone else's tow rope, saves having to dirty yours :)
10. Carry a garden sprayer filled with water for shifting the dirt from
lights, number plates, etc. I saw Cuthy Dave's mate) doing this on his
LR and it seemed to work a lot better than using rags.
11. Check your radiator (and intercooler, oil coolers, etc) to see if
they are blocked and then monitor your temperature on the drive home -
I had some mud in my rad but the temperature was OK on the way back.
[Paul was unfortunate enough to completely clog his radiator in Wales
not long ago and ended up blowing his engine in his LR on the way back,
resulting in having to use his LC budget to fix it.]
12. When stuck, keep your windows shut, it is amazing how much mud
comes up through the window when the wheels start spinning (I now have
more mud inside than out).
13. Try to avoid applying too much water pressure to the balls on the
ends of the front axle, I have come across people blowing the seals in
and filling their birfields with water.
14. Check the drain holes in the bottom of your doors, these can block
easily leading to water build up in the bottom of the doors.
15. If you have an 80, check the drain pipes from the rear wings aren't
blocked (look underneath for a rubber pipe on each side).
16. Chill out, most people get bogged at one time or another! If they
don't they aren't trying hard enough :)
--
Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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Julian
Glad I didn't get mud splattered then - there is method in my
madness...
Renate
>>> [Email address removed] 12/07/04 01:36pm >>>
As you know I found some mud on Sunday and got comprehensively bogged
and ended up getting towed by a LandRover of all things.
Here are some serious and not so serious lessons that I have learnt
from the day:
1. If you are going to get stuck, make sure that you get towed out by
another LC - I have been getting it in the ear by Craig (who was with
me and has a RangeRover) ever since about the great LC having to be
rescued by a LR!
(Having said that, I suspect that if the LR was as far in as me the
situation might have been reversed, it was deep sticky stuff).
2. If you are going to pressure wash your vehicle, do it immediately
before all the mud dries on solid and takes more effort to shift.
3. Never wash a car in the dark. Even if you have outside lights it is
amazing how much mud you miss, particularly in really obvious places.
4. If the mud has dried on solid, run a garden sprinkler over the mud
before re-applying the pressure washer, it shifts a lot quicker.
5. Grease round all the UJs on the prop after pressure washing to force
out the water - my rear UJ went because there was more water than
grease in there.
6. Check to see if you have any stones on the inside of your wheels - I
found a two or three reasonably sized stones caught between the wheel
and the disks and disk guards - they were rattling a bit and being
flints could have caused a bit of damage if they had got wedged between
the disk and the wheel.
7. Engage diff locks before you approach the mud.
8. Also put your wellies on before approaching the mud!
9. Always use someone else's tow rope, saves having to dirty yours :)
10. Carry a garden sprayer filled with water for shifting the dirt from
lights, number plates, etc. I saw Cuthy Dave's mate) doing this on his
LR and it seemed to work a lot better than using rags.
11. Check your radiator (and intercooler, oil coolers, etc) to see if
they are blocked and then monitor your temperature on the drive home -
I had some mud in my rad but the temperature was OK on the way back.
[Paul was unfortunate enough to completely clog his radiator in Wales
not long ago and ended up blowing his engine in his LR on the way back,
resulting in having to use his LC budget to fix it.]
12. When stuck, keep your windows shut, it is amazing how much mud
comes up through the window when the wheels start spinning (I now have
more mud inside than out).
13. Try to avoid applying too much water pressure to the balls on the
ends of the front axle, I have come across people blowing the seals in
and filling their birfields with water.
14. Check the drain holes in the bottom of your doors, these can block
easily leading to water build up in the bottom of the doors.
15. If you have an 80, check the drain pipes from the rear wings aren't
blocked (look underneath for a rubber pipe on each side).
16. Chill out, most people get bogged at one time or another! If they
don't they aren't trying hard enough :)
--
Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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Hello Julian,
I guess we now have from you a sort of Mental Recovery After Getting
Stuck First Time Bible. Very practical stuff . No1 rule should always
be "not getting stuck means not trying hard enough". The rest is a
matter of personal taste.
--
Rgds,
Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80
 
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Roman
Like mudding it do you?! :)
Well, mesel prefers sand....I know where I am in this stuff.
AND Le Beast prefers it...
Renate
>>> [Email address removed] 12/07/04 02:21pm >>>
Hello Julian,
I guess we now have from you a sort of Mental Recovery After Getting
Stuck First Time Bible. Very practical stuff . No1 rule should always
be "not getting stuck means not trying hard enough". The rest is a
matter of personal taste.
--
Rgds,
Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80
> As you know I found some mud on Sunday and got comprehensively bogged
> and ended up getting towed by a LandRover of all things.
>
> Here are some serious and not so serious lessons that I have learnt
> from the day:
 
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Hi Roman,
I actually ripped this off from my old Racing and Rallying days - the
only way you are going to discover the limits and abilities of a
vehicle is to go over the limits at least once - if you don't do it you
don't know where they are.
--
Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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