Military Vehicles, June 1997,: [MV] RE: deep water fording

[MV] RE: deep water fording

Lars Edin Svaasand (
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 11:39:20 +0200

A question for the list.

I've read in civilian off roading magazines that when fording deep water =
should loosen the fan belts to prevent the fan blades from pulling =
into the radiator when they are submerged in the water. (I guess water =
put a lot more stain on them than air.) Is this something to worry =
about with
MV's, or are our fans made of sturdier stuff?

Just thinking of trying that little stream and don't want to be hunting =
down a
new radiator.

It is definitely a good idea to loosen the fan belt. The WWII jeep has =
a quick disconnect bracket on the generator so you can remove the fan =
belt before fording (according to manual). As you said, water offers =
alot more resistance to the fan, possibly breaking the fan or the =
radiator, especially if the fan is driven by a belt directly from the =
engine. Also you can surely do without all the splashing of water over =
the engine when the water hits the fan.

-Lars Svaasand, Norway

Jeep MB
Dodge WC51, WC62
Mule M274A5

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