About a week ago, I bought a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. I immediately removed the top and put it in my garage. It never rains in Texas...right?
I got caught in a major downpour on my way home from work last night. I mean, it POURED. I got completely soaked, and so did the inside of my jeep. I wasn't worried, because I thought that Jeeps were designed for this type of thing. Was I wrong?
I put the Jeep in the garage. In the middle of the night, the horn went off. I disconnected the battery cable, and went back to bed. This morning, I reconnected the battery cable (the horn didn't go off when I did this). Now I have a plethora of problems.
The radio, which worked for a bit this morning, no longer functions. The horn won't work. The cruise control doesn't function. And I hear a rapid 'tick tick' noise like the turn signal except faster, that stops when I apply the breaks or turn signals. The headlights and turn signals work fine.
Obviously, I got something wet that isn't supposed to get wet and things are shorted out.
My question is this..did I do permanent damage, or will things eventually dry out and function once again.
Any help would be appreciated, especially since my lovely wife advised against this purchase and will sieze any opportunity to rub my nose in a mistake.
go to the fuse panel and pull the fuses and blow out with compressed air. your radio may be fried, as they dont like water. for the horn, id suspect the horn switch has water in it, but it could be anywhere.most of it will most likely dry out and be ok. i ahve no idea how cruise works on a jeep tho so i cant even specualte there....
fwiw, i usta carry a tarp around under my seat just in case (i have no top) but have gotten it soaked a few times before without major incident (including sunday night) of course, i have no carpet and half my wiring is ghetto anyway, so ur results may vary....
'90 YJ, ford 8.8, SOA, lincoln front, aussie rear, 4.88s, swampers.
I located the fuses and blew the area out with compressed air. I did NOT remove any of the fuses. The area seemed dry.
The rapid ticking noise has stopped, but still no radio or cruise control. Is a 'clock spring' something I can replace myself? I did a quick search on the internet, and I'm not sure that I'm up to the task.
I'm not much of a mechanic, although I'm proud to say that I recently replaced a water pump and serpentine belt on my daughter's 1991 Buick LaSabre. The guy at the auto parts store said that the job would take a good mechanic about forty minutes. I joked that it would probably take me about four hours. It took six.
Thanks for all the feedback. I'm glad I found this place.