Driving through water Watch

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Best advice is avoid, obviously this is not always possible so max guideline is halfway up the wheel, and keep the engine running to stop water getting into the exhaust.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4pm5ADpBN4
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Firstly, find-out where your engine's air intake is. On some cars they're so low down that any wading is like playing Russian Roulette with the engine. I can happily drive through several feet of water in my Land Rover but I'd only attempt more than a few inches in my BMW in a full-on emergency situation.
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(Original post by NJA)
Best advice is avoid, obviously this is not always possible so max guideline is halfway up the wheel, and keep the engine running to stop water getting into the exhaust.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4pm5ADpBN4
Good luck keeping your engine running when it's full of water.
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100% echo what Clivey is saying. Guidelines are useless since air intake locations vary by model and may even vary from one year to another on the same model of car. Not to mention differences in ride height, half a wheel on Land Rover isn't the same as half a wheel on a Fiesta or a BMW You need to know where the intake is on your own car before wading through water.
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Not just that but anywhere else water shouldn't go. Believe it or not, the maximum wading depth for my Land Rover (before I modified it) wasn't dictated by the engine air intake but the axle breathers. - The differentials need ventilation and for that they each have a breather pipe. The top of that is the limit. Older models have a bung that you must insert before wading and remove afterwards.
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