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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm far from an experienced sand driver, so maybe I took the entirely wrong approach, but airing down and getting a pull from my brother-in-law's 4wd F250 helped out.

Seems to be a common theme with the "stuck in the sand" photos. Perhaps enough to warrant its own thread. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are crazy to take these old beasts out into the sand. Even if you don't get stuck your going to burn up your engine/tranny "floating" along in this stuff. If you must go, go at low tide and stay close to the shore.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Daytona beach with aquatreads. We didn't have any problems on the beach but I do remember that sand being pretty packed.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heck.... back in the day they used to race on that stuff! Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jon_slider wrote:
j_dirge wrote:
Isn't this one of the events that may have destroyed your transmission?


Yes
Kuleinc came out easy on the first pull, downhill and backwards. He was barely dug down, grey Westy.

Presslab, white van, otoh kept trying to drive out and spun his bald tires way down.

It took 4 Really Hard pulls, uphill, and his steering kept turning to full lock, so even more difficult.

I cracked the main bearing housing. Daryl said he had never seen that before. 5k rebuild. I no longer invite 2wd, and no longer volunteer to pull them out.

That beach had over a dozen locals parked along the cliff. They All Backed Up.

I agree trying to turn front first uphill did Not work


Please stop trying to blame me for your transmission problem. My tires were not bald, they only had 8k mi at the time; they are Geolandar A/T-S, not a highway tire. As soon as I determined I wasn't getting out I stopped trying to keep from digging deeper. It was only after someone outside said to keep trying as they thought I was getting out, that I gave it another go.

Anyway that's beside the point. I didn't ask you to pull me out, you gleefully offered assistance. So your 5-something transaxles you broke before with your turbo diesel were coincidence? You shouldn't have offered to tow if your trans wasn't up for it. I see you have learned this lesson.

Yes, pulling uphill and sideways was a bad idea. If I were pulled from behind like Kuleinc I think it would have been much easier.
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