Past week we've had some heavy rain so many pathways got flooded. And of course, sweet playground for me and my Pathy, especially after a month without rain layered mud with each adventure all over my vehicle. High time for "deep water washing"
Among all puddles and freshly formed water fountains a small pathway brought a significant change to my wading depth opinion. Pathway is some 20m (65 feet) long and at the deepest point water was almost 1m (3 feet) deep. Quite fresh and clear water, since it's just about 1 mile from river source.
Went in slowly, in 4LO being prepared to quickly reverse if anything goes wrong. At first attempt with my camera outside I drove into some obviously deep hole, which tilted my vehicle to the right, so with adrenaline rush I quickly reversed and I swear I almost touched the ground with front right bumper. I'm sure it was the big water shaft cover blown away underneath the water, which left a big shaft opening.
Ok, 2nd attempt.
As it was still raining my android was totally wet and I switched to film from inside, so video is not so impressive.
Took a round way away from the hole under water and got into flood deeper and deeper. I saw front lights disappear under water, and I could not see tires anymore, so my guess is water was just at the line with door hooks. Scary deep!
Surrounded with hiss and flow of the river flow and deep rumble of flooded exhaust, I accelerated slowly to form a wave in front of vehicle, which flooded the whole hood!
Of course, I've got water into air conditioning system, carpets were covered with an inch or two of water and all possible squeaking sounds were heard from under the hood.
Air intake was not flooded, which is the best news. So tranny breathers were also above water level, which is second best news.
..BUT carpets....oh, don't even ask! I am still half a way to having them dry. Pumped out almost 10 litres (2 gallons) of water, vacuumed a ton of sand and gravel, and it's still soaked with liters of water. Drying every day for few hours with 2 hot-air blasters, but with barely noticeable effect.
Most probably will go removing front seats, belt anchors, center console and pull the whole floor mat out to clean and dry it properly.
Afterall, I guess this vehicle is NOT meant to be submarine
VIDEO here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H15YySUUBBw
...and few days later when water almost got away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hR7584I78o