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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2006, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Saltwater...

I finally got my truck out. It has been sitting in saltwater up the the axles for 4 days. What do I need to do with it now? Change out all fluids? What? I need advice. Thanks...

And for all that will ask, I was doing a job 400 yards from the Gulf of Mexico when all of the rain and storms came. Needless to say when I woke up the next morning the location was in the middle of the Gulf.
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I dont see a need in changing all fluids but the diff. fluids would be a good idea

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I would change all the fluids. Just to be safe. I am sure there is nothing wrong but, Thats just how I am though. Post pic of it stuck.
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It wasn't stuck. There was just no way out b/c there was a 6 mile road out that had up to 5 ft of water on it.

The water was up above the steps.

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Along with changing all the fluids, I would also powerwash the entire underneath of the truck.

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man that sucks, here is the pic

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Yeah I would definatly was the frame and axles. Even under neath the body beause you no the water was splashed up there.
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Ya, that sucks, and I would hate to see a $40,000 truck to rust out after a year or two because of saltwater contamination.

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yeah keep that ****** thing looking ******.
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Actually, if you didn't drive it, you won't need to change the fluids.

Water contamintation occurs when the diffs are hot from driving. The cooler water hits the diff and the warm air inside the diff cools quickly creating suction past the seals or through the vent tube.

As long as the water level wasn't up to the frame (where the vent tubes are), you should actually be fine.

By all means change the fluid if it gives you piece of mind.

Gear lube fluid mixed with water turns a milky brown color...much like a chocolate milkshake.

If you haven't driven the truck and you suspect water contamination, you can merely remove the fill plugs and the water will run out as it will sit on top of the heavier gear lube.
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