Today was NOT one of my best days, in any way, shape or form. I put my machine through some things that I really shouldn't have. While mowing, everything was going great on a large yard with deep grass (new mow), and when I was approaching the far back at 8-9 mph, it happened. Suddenly, there was a sploosh, and I found myself literally cutting in standing water. There was a heavy mist coming out of the chute, and I could hear the blades planing on the surface of the water. The front casters were splashing water. It all happened so fast, there was nothing I could do. I kept the mower moving, and got out of it. My question is, is what should I do about the spindles? Now, it gets worse. As I was about done with the yard, I hit another soft spot. Not water this time, just mucky mud. I know I sucked some up into the blades, so the spindles HAD to have been exposed to this. Well, we got another mower, hooked the chain to it, and got it out of this mud-bog. Great, right? Well, then I went back up to the front yard to re-cut it and clean it up. Well, guess what? Yep! A little too close to the dich I got, and it sucked me right in like a black hole. As a matter of fact, that was the color of this murck. Well, it sank so fast, that by the time I could shut the blades down, they were already spinning in the stuff. Now, I not at all concerned about the blades, it's the SPINDLES that I'm concerned with. I realize these are a sealed unit, but just how waterproof are these units, especially with mud combined. What should I do at this point. Just hope for the best, and ride it out, and wonder how much longer (or shorter than normal lifespan) they are going to last? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you. P.S. This is NOT the type of use I'm accustomed to putting my equipment through.