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|24th July 2007, 10:49||#1|
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Swift stuck in mud!
It was a sunny friday morning when i happened to be late to the office. Coudnt find a parking space so parked my Swift (Vxi) besides an Indica on the side lane, a bit muddy, but dry.
When I returned to the car in the evening, was shocked to see what had happened. A high pressure water pipeline had burst near my car. The water was all over the area with the water jet rising as high as 6-8 mtrs. The area where the car was parked had completely converted into loose soil, with my car literally sinking into it. I had no clue on how to even get near the car because of the mud and "rain" near the car! Somehow I folded my pants and quickly got inside the car, completely wet though, wuth chunks of mud on my shoes!
As expected, the car refused to move even an inch, with the front wheels spinning and going even deeper in the wet and loose mud. Tried in first and reverse gear, reved the car hard but of no help! Everyone standing nearby enjoyed the scene, some even laughing, but no one offered help because of the water and mud all around. Wonder why do people enjoy when someone is in trouble.
One moron suggested that i better leave the car as it is on the weekend (and go by bus) and wait till monday to let the mud dry! BTW, the car was parked in such a way the it could not be towed away. One gentleman put few bricks under both the front tyres, to help traction, but the bricks too got burried in the ground! 30-40 minutes pass, but of no help. People came, enjoyed the scene and went! A security guard came to help, with two wooden planks in his hand ( the ones which are used in the security guard hut). The planks wrere placed near both front wheels. And then the final try..!! Reved hard and zoom.. the car was out! The trick helped. I thanked the guard for his innovative idea and help.
As a responsible citizen of Team-BHP, I took a few pics also of all this episode, but being a newbie i cannot upload them. Gave my car for servicing and the mud was all around the car even in the engine bay. Also, I think wider tyres like the ZXi's would have cooperated better in such situation
Having gone through all this, is there any better way you guys suggest to get the car out in such situations..
|24th July 2007, 11:01||#2|
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|24th July 2007, 11:26||#4|
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, this will only lead to the tryres spinning and you going deeper inside instead of going where you would like to . Keep the revs low , and thats how the tyres will get any traction for them to get you out .
But I also can't stop laffing .. imagining the situation
|24th July 2007, 11:44||#5|
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Plank is the best option and the security guy was spot on.
Gentle moves to see if the car get off the sticky situation, if it doesnt then resort to stuff which will give more traction and stop sinking (can be plank, bricks etc). Then with some help push the car, along with engine power. Rocking always helps to get unstuck. Keep steering straight as much as possible.
Slightly reducing air pressure on the driven wheels helps, but if not done properly, especially wild acceleration at this state can ruin your tyres also.
|24th July 2007, 11:51||#6|
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Akash, good for you that the security guard helped you out.
As Khaadu said, the rule here is NEVER rev hard. You are literally digging yourself in. Use something like a plank, or even in desperate cases, use your foot mats from the car. They help the wheels in obtaining some sort of grip or traction to get out of there. The brick was worth a try, but cant really be of much help.
|24th July 2007, 18:12||#8|
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Plank would've been the best - Dakar rallies are example
Some dry sand, if around would help too. Or a towing rope (indigo can take one) which can allow another vehicle to pull your car out.
|24th July 2007, 21:57||#9|
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Low-revs, light clutch, preferable higher gear (to pass on as little as torque as possible) and steering rocking, but depends on the situation you were in.
Best would have been to tie a rope and ask those smiling onlookers to pull out for you!
|24th July 2007, 22:11||#10|
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I remember reading somewhere that the best thing to do,is to accelerate slowly,and to actually rotate the steering wheel to the left & right. That apparently helps flatten out the soil on both sides of the tire, and hence improve traction.
I remember a similar incident happening to us on Dec 31st,1996.We had gone to a familiy friend's house,and our Omni got stuck in the soil. We were kinda dressed up,and that made things worse..
Anyways,my dad got behind the wheel,and my brother & I lifted the front of the van.Took a few attempts,and it finally rolled out of the muck. Of course, all of us looked like we'd been in a mud-fight, covered in soil & dirt from head to toe...
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Re: Swift stuck in mud!
My indica got stuck in a muddy rut today. This is what the mechs ended up doing ( when pushing and planks were not enough)
they jacked up each front wheel induvidually. Put planks and bricks under the wheel - more than just under the wheel, but with a bit of space to the front and back of the wheel.
The jack was the removed, and we ( a bunch of people there) rocked the car back and forth , gradually gaining more momentum until at the 5th or 6th push we were able to rock it free
Last edited by greenhorn : 22nd February 2011 at 00:30.
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