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Old 01-20-2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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Hey, I took my jeep off-roading the other day and drove through a puddle that was a little deeper than I expected. Some of the water may have gone over the engine. Should I be worried? If I wash it down to get some of the dirt off would that help?? Thanks!

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It's up to you. You can clean it off but don't drown everything. Besides it needs a little dirt to run like a Jeep.

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Old 01-20-2010, 11:44 PM   #3
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dont worry about too bad. If the engine is covered with mud then yes, but just a little is ok
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:10 AM   #4
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If you're gonna wash it down... cover up your electronics and avoid spraying water into the intake, on the alternator, and on the sensors and such...also use low pressure...don't hit it with a power washer or you may force water into places it doesn't belong.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:43 AM   #5
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^ Boooooooooooo, dont be a wuss Sentenced....Turn that pressure washer on full blast and get that motor clean. Spray it down while it is running, thats the best way. Dont blast into a connector from 2" away, that is not ok and or cool to do. But dont be shy, get that sucker clean.

P.S. - if you spray on a good grease cutter before you spray her down it will require less pressure and time to get the dirt off. I like to use Engine Brite, its good stuff.
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did he say "Wash" and "Jeep" in the same sentance......
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^ Boooooooooooo, dont be a wuss Sentenced....Turn that pressure washer on full blast and get that motor clean. Spray it down while it is running, thats the best way. Dont blast into a connector from 2" away, that is not ok and or cool to do. But dont be shy, get that sucker clean.

P.S. - if you spray on a good grease cutter before you spray her down it will require less pressure and time to get the dirt off. I like to use Engine Brite, its good stuff.
I don't call it being a wuss...I call it prolonging the life of my engine & components. I've messed too much stuff up with high pressure water...sure it may help clean things up, but I don't see any NEED for 2000 psi water being sprayed under my hood. I'd rather deal with a little extra dirt/grease.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:58 PM   #8
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Hey, I took my jeep off-roading the other day and drove through a puddle that was a little deeper than I expected. Some of the water may have gone over the engine. Should I be worried? If I wash it down to get some of the dirt off would that help?? Thanks!
Yo! Why don't you just drive it through a clean puddle a few times; a flooded parking lot, the puddle down the street. And, really get up some speed, so you manage a good "shpritz" up under the hood and under-body. Hell, I was doing that today in my Navigator. Those stupid retractable running-boards are always clogged with filth and muck. Clean puddles work every time!
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I would also check your air filter if you where in water over the engine then you may have sucked some water into the filter chamber.. also what kind of jeep do you have? Go ahead a spray the jeep down, as stated be aware of certain area's not to get water.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:19 PM   #10
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If your worried drain the oil after you clean the engine compartment Check your air filter also
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:59 PM   #11
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Go down to the nearest car dealer. They do engine washing/cleaning everyday. They use a power washer on a medium setting and wash everything, nothing is covered. Just be careful not to spray the electronics for very long. If you do get something wet, let it sit and dry off. Just remember water is great conductor of electricity if you get a water connection between the + and - you'll short something out. Just wash and let dry for a while and you'll be fine.....I do it all the time. But some mud dirt looks normal...it is a JEEP you know.
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:05 PM   #12
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get a cheap sprinkler from walmart the kind that goes back and forth. put it under there tonight, turn on and itll be alright in the morn.

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