- Aug 10, 2020
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- Illinois, USA
- GMC Sierra Hybrid (2-Mode)
Every Ford 4x4 owners manual tells you not to ford water above the wheel hubs.Boat Launching could be an interesting endeavor......
This language has been in the manual since at least 1998 (the model year of the first Ford pickup I owned), and it looked like decades-old boiler-plate even then.
It's worth reading that whole section of the manual, both for context and because a lot of it is pretty decent advice for someone who just bought their first 4x4.
Ford isn't telling you that you can't put a snorkel on your Bronco and go driving in water up to the steering wheel. What Ford is telling you is that, should you choose to do that, the vehicle becomes entirely your problem -- not theirs.
Also, moving water deep enough to submerge the wheel hubs can really fuck you up. I drove across a flooded bridge once, and I would advise everyone else to NOT do that. I suspect that this part of the manual may exist as an attempt to keep a few of Ford's tens of millions of customers from drowning in floodwaters every year.
Keeping water below the wheel hubs is good advice to follow. If you choose otherwise, Ford's lawyers will jump ship -- and you're on your own!
I don't think boat launching will be a problem for Ford's EVs any more than it already is for their ICE vehicles: