So you have got yourself stuck, now what do you do. If it is safe, get out of your 4WD and check around the vehicle and understand why you are stuck. If it not safe for the driver to get out of the vehicle, ask someone else to check. Just rushing and snatching, or winching the vehicle out without understanding why you are stuck can lead to greater damage to the vehicle. Come up with a plan of recovery after you have found out why you are stuck. Often the problem can be solved by removing a rock or log, or simple track maintance, or a different driving line can be taken to allow you to drive out, and so eliminating the dangers related to winching and snatch strap recovery. On a recent club trip we were testing the wheel travel of different vehicles. This involved driving at an angle up a slope so the vehicle had two wheels on the ground and the other two dropping to their maximum suspension travel. I drove up the slope a little too far, so I decide to reverse a meter to the correct spot. I only moved about half a meter and the vehicle stalled and would not restart. I knew some- thing was not right, so I secured the vehicle and got out to see what was wrong. While I was checking I had several offers to snatch and winch me out, but before that was going to happen I wanted to assess what was wrong, and figure the best recovery plan The first problem I found was the end of the exhaust pipe was buried in the ground. The second thing was the rear bumper and tow bar was hard on the ground. The exhaust pipe was blocked by soil and rocks, which caused the engine to stall. The first thing to do was to clear a path around the exhaust so when the vehicle moved I would not damage it. Using a stick I could clear the soil out of the exhaust, and this meant now I could start the vehicle when needed. The next problem was getting a little more ground clearance under the rear bumper. I decided to pump up the right rear tyre to get some clearance, so I increased the pressure from 25psi to 50psi, which raised the vehicle by about 15mm. I also pumped the right rear airbag to 20psi, which gave me an extra 20mm of clearance, which was enough to allow me to reverse out of trouble without causing any damage to the vehicle. This method did take a little more time than a snatch or winch recovery, but was a lot safer and did not cause any damage to the vehicle. If I had just gone ahead with a snatch strap recovery, I would have done a lot of damage to the exhaust system and also damaged the rear bumper bar. ALWAYS PLAN A RECOVERY, DON’T RUSH IN, PLAY SAFE Graeme Mitchell. Jackaroo 4WD Club > Four-Wheel Skills For FWD sake... On the bitter cold morning,  Of the eleventh of May... Our four wheeling family, Set out for the day! We roared through the forest, The playground for trucks... A mighty Patrol,  A Cruiser, A Lux. The terrain, wet and slippery, The day, grey and cold... Down Diggers and XL, We chatted and LOL'd. From the warmth of our cars, We climbed hills, crossed a creek... Pulled into Upper Chadwick, Patrol sprung a leak! Snacks and drinks refilled, We set course for Amblers Lane... A leisurely drive, This track was too tame! In Blackwood for lunch, We picked up Sir VP... Then returned to our playground, Un-named tracks, just to see. Too steep and too risky, To attempt this time round... Winching required, To ensure wheels stay on ground! Countess then Hayden, We emerged out on Ruth... Pure magic, these tracks were, Epic... that's the truth! As the day came to an end, We farewelled Gordy and Russ...  But before we would leave, One more track left for us! Living dangerously indeed, As the time was past 4... But together we made it, Through our "just one more"! With some awesome company, We had a fun filled, great day... Be sure to come join us, FOR FWD SAKE! Ness Vergara, Melton & District 4wd Club  TRACKWATCH JUNE 2019 19 Club Spotlight