cleaning your Jeep - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Jeep Discussions > General Jeep Discussion

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 01-15-2012, 01:13 AM   #1
Jeeper
 
00falcon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: West Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 114
cleaning your Jeep

Guys,

wondering what tips you have for cleaning your Jeep.

Tips and tricks
Lubricants - what to lubricate after a trip
Where does dirt hide - inside and out side.

I recently got my self a '99 TJ Wrangler sport 4.0L soft top, and did what you could probably call a mud run yesterday.

She was impressively dirty and took me all day to clean.

I had trouble with
- Front and rear stock bumpers
- Front suspension arm hinges
- Transfer case cover (really bad)
- Engine bay
- Wheels (mud as weights to un balance the tires)
And soft top (now with mud stains)

It took me $30 at the local wash world, followed up with about 3 hours making a mess of the drive way with the hose.

Do you have favorite tools.
What do you use to clean your soft top and windows.

00falcon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 01:38 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
98tj.steven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 210
Just leave it muddy until you drive in the river )

98tj.steven is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 02:21 AM   #3
I'm not lost

WF Supporting Member
 
shewoolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Aloha Or
Posts: 1,969
Images: 22
If you are me you hardly ever do any cleaning on your jeep, now if you are my husband his jeep gets cleaned more regularly. Best investment we made was in a pressure washer for the out side and under side. If you use a pressure washer on the underside you are going to want to lube a little more often so invest in a lube gun.
__________________
I might be a little but I LOVE my Jeep.

Doris
I drive an 05 TJ The man Drives an 91 YJ
Adventures of a 4 Wheeling Mom
https://www.facebook.com/4x4Mom
shewoolf is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:14 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
thejackcutts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near a buncha trees
Posts: 573
Pressure washer is the way to go. I say this for a couple of reasons.
1. you asked where does dirt hide?
EVERYWHERE, i guarantee you you won't get it all, but with the PW you will get a lot more.

2.engine bay - i stand on my front bumper or a ladder and hold it back a little and soak it, then spray a little cleaner, scrub a little, then spray it with the PW.

3. FRAME - Very important to get IN the frame after mudding or going out where sand and water are in the same hole. The sand gets into your frame and stays wet and starts to rust away from the inside out. I drilled a couple 1/2" holes in the bottom to drain and i tell ya, i saw it woking when i drilled them, about 2 cups of water came out. Put the head of the PW in one of the frame holes and just GO. You will see water, dirt, and sand just coming out.

-The bumpers will get clean when you use the PW, the top, you can use the PW at a distance to get the dirt off, then to get the stains, use a microfiber or old, clean cloth and be gentle.

-wheels, just use whatever your using to clean the jeep, Im not sure if you clean with a rag and soap or one of those hand things. Thats what i use.

I have a bucket, soap, a hand cloth cover thing, PW, and an old dishwashing scrub brush. Works great, keeps it clean. For like a day, then i go out again.

To grease - You GOTTA get a grease gun. I wouldn't buy top of the line grease though, just get the gallon or 1/2 gallon of all purpose grease and get EVERY grease fitting on your jeep!
This could include, upper and lower ball joints, tie rod ends, control arms, rear chamfer bar, and plenty of other things. FRONT AND BACK!
If you don't know what a grease fitting is, you need to find out. I know i have about 11 only Jeep. Greasing your Jeep will push out old grease with dirt and water in it, AND SAVE your parts. Its is very important to take care of this stuff because if you need to replace a tie rod end because its bad due to lack of grease. 1. you'll be mad at yourself. and 2. It'll cost you whatever it does for the part, THEN you have to get it realigned.
My dad says its like wiping your butt, it may be a little "icky" now, but it'll make it better later! haha
I hope this helps, cuz it took me a while and i didn't notice i wrote like an essay. id be happy to help with any more questions anytime!
Have a good one!
-JACK
__________________
What's Green and has wheels?
Grass, I lied about the wheels.
thejackcutts is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:16 AM   #5
Jeeper
 
thejackcutts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near a buncha trees
Posts: 573
OHH! and do this every time you go "mudding" or go through deep water!
__________________
What's Green and has wheels?
Grass, I lied about the wheels.
thejackcutts is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2012, 12:42 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
00falcon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: West Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 114
Quote:
Originally Posted by thejackcutts
OHH! and do this every time you go "mudding" or go through deep water!
Cheers dude.

I have a grease gun on the way.

I will look at drilling the frame holes you suggest.

Thanks
00falcon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2012, 01:01 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
Pontiackid87's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: downingtown pa
Posts: 661
I dont get it.. why get it muddy just to go and clean it... i have mudd caked onto my jeep from almost a month ago.. only thing i clean on it is the under carriage.
__________________
2000 wrangler
06 Pontiac solstice
84 IMSA fiero
2002 300M special
Pontiackid87 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2012, 07:51 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
thejackcutts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near a buncha trees
Posts: 573
i personally like cleaning my jeep. In the summer, i cleaned it about 2 times a week. Though i will gladly Get it dirty beyond color recognition in a heartbeat. The frame and parts are very important though.
__________________
What's Green and has wheels?
Grass, I lied about the wheels.
thejackcutts is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2012, 08:26 AM   #9
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
denisbaldwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 3,298
Cleaning? What's that?
denisbaldwin is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2012, 09:07 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
bbtj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kansas City, Mo
Posts: 1,492
Isn't cleaning considered a mod and will therefore void the warranty?
bbtj is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2012, 10:59 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
Renaissance_Redneck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Joaquin Valley, California
Posts: 564
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbtj View Post
Isn't cleaning considered a mod and will therefore void the warranty?
__________________
Renaissance_Redneck is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-16-2012, 02:59 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
cuder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 195
I have read about people spraying Pam cooking spray or Armorall under their Jeeps before hand, so the mud comes right off.

You can also put a lawn sprinkler under it to make it easier to wash off with a power washer.
cuder is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-17-2012, 02:30 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
00falcon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: West Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 114
When I got it, I sprayed waste oil on the underneath using a compressor.
The waste oil was from a mechanic.

This seamed to stay on place for ages, so I think I will do it again.
00falcon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-17-2012, 02:41 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
cantab27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: shake shake city nz
Posts: 198
easier to clean when its lifed ..just saying...

ki ora bro...from christchurch ....
__________________
hate signature's...........
cantab27 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-17-2012, 02:46 AM   #15
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Ellabell, GA
Posts: 503
isn't "clean Jeep" an oxymoron?
__________________
BUAIDH NO BAS!
JEEP WAVE
1CrzyCelt is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-17-2012, 08:08 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
thejackcutts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near a buncha trees
Posts: 573
this is what i do after a bigger run. I know its cool to have a dirty Jeep, but its also cool to have a Jeep that rolls and stays rolling for as long as everyone says they do.
__________________
What's Green and has wheels?
Grass, I lied about the wheels.
thejackcutts is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-17-2012, 12:35 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
00falcon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: West Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 114
Quote:
Originally Posted by cantab27 View Post
easier to clean when its lifed ..just saying...

ki ora bro...from christchurch ....
All in good time... All in good time...
Good things come to those who wait...

(but i want it now)
00falcon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-17-2012, 01:31 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
jebby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Windsor Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,331
ive been thrown out of soo many car washes lmao.......

i usually just run the pressure washer over everything i can see. im always scared to do the engine. is there anything that shouldnt get sprayed?
jebby is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-17-2012, 10:20 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
00falcon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: West Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 114
Quote:
Originally Posted by thejackcutts View Post

To grease - You GOTTA get a grease gun. I wouldn't buy top of the line grease though, just get the gallon or 1/2 gallon of all purpose grease and get EVERY grease fitting on your jeep!
This could include, upper and lower ball joints, tie rod ends, control arms, rear chamfer bar, and plenty of other things. FRONT AND BACK!
If you don't know what a grease fitting is, you need to find out. I know i have about 11 only Jeep. Greasing your Jeep will push out old grease with dirt and water in it, AND SAVE your parts. Its is very important to take care of this stuff because if you need to replace a tie rod end because its bad due to lack of grease. 1. you'll be mad at yourself. and 2. It'll cost you whatever it does for the part, THEN you have to get it realigned.
My dad says its like wiping your butt, it may be a little "icky" now, but it'll make it better later! haha
I hope this helps, cuz it took me a while and i didn't notice i wrote like an essay. id be happy to help with any more questions anytime!
Have a good one!
-JACK
OK...

I got a grease gun...
Found the Grease nipples on my wagon...
Have got it in theory.

But...
How much grease do you put in...? how many pumps (ish) of the grease gun...?
You say "Greasing your Jeep will push out old grease with dirt and water in it"... where does the old grease come out...?
Can you "Over grease" a joint...?

The biggest mistakes come from when you think you know what your doing...

Cheers
00falcon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-18-2012, 02:30 AM   #20
Jeeper
 
cantab27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: shake shake city nz
Posts: 198
just pump until old stuff comes out...be surprised when water comes out...get under her and do one...self explanatory really......the more you can do to ya jeep the more ya save in the long run..

cheers wayne

ps...don't you local guys laugh,,but this is one of the better places to get parts...

http://www.offroadspecialties.co.nz/node/319
__________________
hate signature's...........
cantab27 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
thejackcutts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near a buncha trees
Posts: 573
Exactly what Cantab said, grease it till the old stuff comes out, and you will definitely know when it does, bring an old rag to throw out after.
__________________
What's Green and has wheels?
Grass, I lied about the wheels.
thejackcutts is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-19-2012, 02:48 PM   #22
Jeeper
 
00falcon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: West Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 114
She's all greased up...

OK... next...

Should i open up and clean the drum brakes on the rear every now and then...?
00falcon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-20-2012, 03:20 AM   #23
Jeeper
 
cantab27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: shake shake city nz
Posts: 198
yep..if ya playing in the mud up there...watch on river runs if yours is a auto..they hate water ,,couple of post on ore about that....
__________________
hate signature's...........
cantab27 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-20-2012, 11:37 AM   #24
Jeeper
 
00falcon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: West Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 114
Quote:
Originally Posted by cantab27 View Post
yep..if ya playing in the mud up there...watch on river runs if yours is a auto..they hate water ,,couple of post on ore about that....
Are you referring to the breather hole in the auto trans...?
00falcon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-26-2012, 03:32 PM   #25
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 13
I would pressure wash it completely but if it's not your every day ride I would just wait until the next major rainstorm and then get a wash after that. The spots I always have trouble getting completely clean are right under the wheel wells and between the bumper and chassis.
__________________
To The Windows!
TO THE WALL!
MeepJeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-26-2012, 04:45 PM   #26
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: columbus
Posts: 2,151
Send a message via AIM to rebelBullDawg325
a sprinkler underneath can be a big help. i usually throw one under there for 30 minutes or so then move to another spot for a while. mine only gets washed a few times a year, generally that is when i cant see out of most of the windows, or i cant get in or out without getting mud all over me ( i've got that real nice GA red clay). during hunting season, it never gets cleaned. its i may hit it with a hose to knock off what it can.

you can tell where i park at my college after a rain. i dont think the school appreciates it
rebelBullDawg325 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-06-2012, 03:24 AM   #27
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: ft. worth,texas
Posts: 99
i haven't had a jeep since 1999.i finally put my foot down with my wife of 41 years and picked me up a very clean 2008 wrangler. it does not use oil eaither.i told my wife i did not want to hear any bs from her about the jeep.the only problem i have encountered is she throws a huge fit when it gets muddy.when this happens she refuses to cook or buy me beer.so in others words i have to keep my jeep very clean at all time.do not get me wrong guys.i am the boss of my house.as long as she allows me to be the boss.when she is unhappy it gets mean.i love my jeep and i do not allow her to ride in it.she said today that as long as i have the jeep i have to keep it clean to keep her happy.

dep214 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
REPLACEMENT SOFT TOP SALE AT BASELINE 4x4 OUTFITTERS - 88-95 YJ's, 97-06 TJ's!!!! Baseline 4x4 Outfitters Vendor Spotlight! Great Deals for Members. 154 12-16-2013 12:11 PM
My 2011 JKU Sport Review (long... Get a cup of coffee, sit back and read and enjoy) tpfilm1994 JK General Discussion Forum 2 11-08-2011 09:46 AM
Biggest Jeep Freek Contest!!!! txoutdoorx4 Classifieds Archive 6 02-21-2011 10:48 AM
History of the Jeep. George T. General Jeep Discussion 8 02-04-2009 01:03 AM



» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:00 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC