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Water crossings can be some of the most intimidating challenges you’ll face as a four wheel driver, but, with the right equipment, you should have no problems getting to the other side.
Introducing the ARB Crossing Cover.
Snorkels and differential breathers play a vital role in ensuring water does not get into your engine or drive train, however, there are other components within the vehicle engine bay that can suffer from the rising water level when crossing rivers and waterways.
Modern vehicle electronics, pulley drive belts and plastic radiator cooling fans can all suffer adverse effects from coming into contact with water. The long term effects of corrosion due to water ingestion can also cause havoc with starter motors, alternators and electric winches.
With unique head light apertures for low light use, the ARB Crossing Cover is designed to help push water away from the vehicle, creating a bow wave whilst subsequently lowering the water level within the engine bay.
The ARB Crossing Cover will be available in June 2015.
TOP FIVE WATER CROSSING TIPS
1. Check the depth
If it’s safe to do so (ie. there are no saltwater crocodiles) you should walk unfamiliar crossings before driving them to gauge the depth and look for submerged obstacles.
2. Cool down
Let your vehicle cool down before plunging into a water crossing. A hot gearbox, transfer case, differentials and hubs will want to suck in cold water past their respective seals, causing damage down the track.
3. Fit a Water Crossing Cover
A water crossing cover will direct the water around your engine bay rather than through the radiator, preventing damage to the radiator and electrical components.
4. Engage locker(s) if fitted
If the surface beneath the water is particularly rough or muddy, you’ll need all the traction you can muster, so engage those Air Lockers before diving in.
5. Constant speed
Select a speed that builds up a decent bow wave in front of the vehicle and stick to it; not so fast that water is flowing over the bonnet and not so slow that the Crossing Cover won’t work as it’s designed to. Second gear, low-range usually results in the most appropriate speed.