Trailing Streams and Creeks in a JeepIf you have an older Jeep with a carb, or even a newer version will fuel injection, you can still get water in an engine when crossing a few feet of water. You might think that running through some water with a Jeep is no big deal, and for the most part, you would be correct. Sucking up water past the stock air filter is a big problem though. Not only would it likely stall the engine, leaving you stranded in open water, it can do real harm to it. Once water has gotten past everything else, if it enters the combustion chamber, you probably won't make it home. Water, unlike air, can't really be compressed very well. Get enough of it in a cylinder, and you're looking at some bent crank rods (resulting in a loss of compression). If you ran through a deep creek or body of water, this would all happen in a matter of seconds. That's it. BOOM. You're done.
Affixing Your Jeep Snorkel Water ConditionsFortunately, there's a modification you can make that allows you to cross water in a Jeep safely and easily. Not that it's a new idea. The military was driving under water with MB and Willys Jeeps during the war and adapted several designs to get the mighty vehicle where it needed to be. Now, not everybody needs a snorkel, obviously. If you don't trail, or go anywhere near water with your Jeep, then you're good to go. But up in the mountains, rivers, creeks, and streams can rise and fall with different levels. In the morning the creek might be dry, in the afternoon, especially after a heavy rain, now you have to cross it. Are you prepared? The idea of the snorkel system is to create a tight seal with the air intake on your engine. But it also puts the opening for clean air high above the hood, so it will be above water level. It's not likely you would drive where the water was much above the hood. That would be an extreme case. Pushing an entire Jeep through solid water is a lot different than driving through air. Not that it hasn't been done. But other parts of your Jeep and it's engine probably wouldn't like it much. Plus, if the water is up to the hood, it's up past your waist in the seat.
Some Jeep snorkel systems require you to modify your vehicle. Usually there is some minor sheet metal cutting and light modifications needed. As I say, for the average Jeep owner who probably doesn't trail much, you may never need a snorkel. But those that head for the hills and need to be ready for any contingency will want to gear up for water crossing. Here at Morris 4x4 Center, we carry a wide range of snorkels. For many vehicles including: Wild Boar Low Profile Snorkel. Style and usability, all in one. Of course, we have ARB, Rugged Ridge, River Raider snorkels, and many other types and brands to fit your needs. A snorkel on a Jeep is more than practical if you travel in the right situations where a water crossing will happen. Even if it's just a few feet of water, you're still moving the air induction above the hood, and far above the stock, factory air intake. An added bonus city driving is that you're getting cooler and cleaner air from higher up. Cooler air allows your engine to run better.
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