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    Default Is a Jimny afraid of water and mud?

    I was reading through a few posts and threads of Jimny's in the bush and mountains, and on 3 occasions the author of the posts mention that it is not advisable to drive through those elements (water and mud) as it causes damage to ball joints, diffs, wheel bearings and other components. That's no good - as that is why many of us bought these vehicles.

    Are these just isolated cases or is this really true? Do all Jimny owners know this statement?
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    Its not just jimnys. All and any type of vehicle don't like water and mud.
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    I think this is true for all vehicles.

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    Mud is bad for all 4x4's and takes it toll over time. IMHO the Jimny's biggest flaw is the rear wheel bearings. Muddy water tend to get in there very easily and ruin them. I replaced rear bearings on 14k km. Driving throug clean water not so much of an issue but keep an eye on the depth. Mud is the coolest thing to play in but yes its not good for your car. On my first day out Flipside taught me muddy water is not your friend.
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    What sort of depth is still safe?
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    Not deeper than the axle?
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    Manual states half of the wheel. But we all go a bit deeper
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    I can't drive mine through water that may touch the radiator. The depth doesn't have to be much if the entrance is steep. If I do this my viscous fan flexes forwards and cuts open the radiator and Suzuki SA is not willing to figure out the issue or replace the radiator

    Seem that it is my car and maybe 2 others... Worldwide...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    Not deeper than the axle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel 4x4 View Post
    Correct. However a Jimny can wade through fairly deep water +-700mm.
    However, you need to accept the consequences, and do the maintenance that is required afterwards.

    Water/mud can damage the following (As long as no water gets into the motor) :
    Differentials
    Wheel bearings
    Starter motor
    Alternator
    Air-Con compressor
    The electronics

    This applies to any vehicle, not just a Jimny.
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    Deepest I've gone was just below the headlights. Not SUPER muddy water, but not clear either. (Dam water)

    I couldn't walk the whole way though the crossing, and the road got washed away halfway through, so the depth increased quite quickly. The only thing I thought was: "Hou maar die asem op, jy kan nie NOU stop nie dan is al die water in die nuwe kar, SWAMBO gaan my skiet". The car was two months old.

    Won't do it again, driving around next time.
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    The Jimny can go much more...

    In my opinion closing your wheel in the water are still safe, How ever Extended Breathers are Highly Recommended and its advised to keep moving as the most water intrude once you stop. I'm prepared to exchange a bearing or two, change diff oil ect when needed. Not that much work, although the Bearing are a bit of a B!tch.

    But with that said the Jimny can do more if really needed. Up to the top rounding of the bonnet are possible if you have decent tires to keep some traction on the ground. I followed Bruizer through some deep water, The water just started to come over the top front of the bonnet, Not the wave but the water. Bruizer had new AT's and made it through with little effort. Me on the other hand still with the original HT tires lost all traction in the center of the dam, with the lost off traction I lost momentum and then I realized OOPS!!!! Important to remember, if you know its over - Switch of the engine asap. Don't wait until the water makes it in, You'll know when there's no more way to get through.

    The Jimny's problem are that it's to light for real water crossings. The Jimny starts to float when the water gets to high and that's when its over. Unfortunately a petrol engine.


    In the end its all up to you to decide whats safe as you need to take the responsibility to do the required maintenance after a trip going through Mud, Water Crossings ect. I'm happy doing the maintenance as I bought the Jimny to do just that. So with that in mind I'm willing to push the Jimny to the limit where I know it can go.

    But skeptical of water crossings now, I think twice now before I go thru
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr8eEWyKQHM

    Found this a while back, looks cool, don't know how relevant it is though.

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    If you want to play in water, get a boat !!!!

    I have driven through water crossings up to bonnet level (the bow wave) and played in mud, but you have to do the maintenance (get rid of the mud, check diff, gearbox and transfer case fluids. Not a brand specific issue - it applies to all of them.
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    Don't try this with your Jimny, You will not make it. LOL

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