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Rollover Recovery - Kopycinski’s Brain

Posted in How To on March 21, 2014
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Flirt with physics, push your rig too hard, and you may find it sitting on its side or with the shiny side down. Rollovers happen. It might be as simple as a light flop to the side or as drastic as multiple rolls at high speed.

Aside from the obvious injury that can occur to vehicle occupants, those helping with recovery may face danger as well while the vehicle sits, as rolled, or during recovery. With scorching engines, and hot and flammable liquids, the potential for burns or other bodily harm rises. Leaking fluids can catch fire or ruptured cooling systems can spew scalding water. It’s also possible to encounter spilled battery acid or electrical fire due to pinched and shorted wires.

It may seem obvious, but once a vehicle starts to roll, bystanders should stay well out of its path until it comes to a complete stop. You’re no match for 4,000-plus pounds of steel, and you can do little to stop a rig from rolling.

Once a rollover has occurred and any injuries attended to, make a careful pause to take stock before proceeding with the vehicle recovery. Broken glass and sharp metal can slice people or additionally damage the vehicle as it is moved. Some vehicle systems respond poorly to being flipped or squeezed.

Once righted, and before attempting to start the engine, consider the possibility that engine oil may have seeped past the piston rings and into the engine cylinders. Cranking over the engine with oil in a cylinder can quickly lead to internal engine damage. If you have any question, pull the spark plugs and crank the engine shortly with them removed to purge any oil that may have entered the cylinders.

Here’s hoping you stay shiny side up!

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