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Old 05-28-2010, 08:24 AM   #1
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Exclamation Rain damage? Need help asap

Yesterday I left the top off in a serious thunderstorm. I did the same thing last summer and nothing happened, so I thought it wasn't a big deal. Not the case.

I ripped the carpets out, and drove. It seemed fine, but after a few minutes, my airbag light and check engine light came on and it started bucking after shifting. My turn signal was going crazy making a clicking sound when it wasn't on. Then, as I'm sitting in class, car's totally off, my horn starts going. Not beeping, but one continual honk. Thankfully, some guy knew how to disconnect it. It's still bucking, lights are still on.

Is this a major problem? The mechanic said it was and that I should buy a dehumidifier and put it in the garage. Am I totally f--ed?

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Old 05-28-2010, 08:40 AM   #2
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It should dry out and be ok.
Sounds like you got some water in the steering column area that's shorting out your Jeep.

If you have an air compressor handy, try blowing out the column really well and see if that helps. Also have a look to be sure that nothing got in the dash where your fuse panel is or around the back of your instrument cluster. Be careful not to blow INTO the face of the cluster, or you will just have a gooey mess to clean up.

Disconnect your battery, let it dry out. Hopefully it's not damaged anything.

Just for future reference, and surely you realize this now... water and electronics do not mix.
If it's going to rain, you want to protect your interior.

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Old 05-28-2010, 09:01 AM   #3
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If it were me...I would disconnect the battery...wait half an hour or so for everything to discharge. Then pull the dash apart and start spraying some wire dry up in the connections. You should be fine once it dries out as Kate mentioned. The wire dry (WD-40 might even work, but I wouldn't want the residue from that all in my dash) will just help speed that process up. A dehumidifier would also probably help. Sounds like you've got a good mechanic...he's saying it's a big problem, but he's also saying it'll fix itself if you make the conditions right so it dries it out rather than saying, "This is bad! I can fix it for $800!"
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:30 AM   #4
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its got to be water in the dash or steering column. x2 to disconnect your battery until its dry so you don't short anything out. Leave it in the sun, blow it out with air, anything to get the moisture out.
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I had a CJ survive a 5 tornado night with the top down in 2002. 4 inches of water in the floor. With electronics.. if they aren't on when it's wet they are fine. Let that sucker dry out and like someone already said.. disconnect the battery. You should be fine once the water gets out. Try a good old fashioned hair dryer on the electronics.

My cd-player was stuck on the same song on a cd (Crazy Train- Ozzy O.) for a week until it dried out after those storms.
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I had a CJ survive a 5 tornado night with the top down in 2002. 4 inches of water in the floor. With electronics.. if they aren't on when it's wet they are fine. Let that sucker dry out and like someone already said.. disconnect the battery. You should be fine once the water gets out. Try a good old fashioned hair dryer on the electronics.

My cd-player was stuck on the same song on a cd (Crazy Train- Ozzy O.) for a week until it dried out after those storms.
This is the second time in 5 minutes that I have read about your CJ in a 5 tornado storm filled with 4 inches of water. :P Pretty sweet though!

+1 for letting it dry out, everything should be ok!
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:24 AM   #7
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Yeah, the story all of a sudden became relevant today after 8 years.. haha.. gave the short version on here.
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I had a 1980 CJ7. Big difference with Wranglers. The CJ's dash was just the otherside of the firewall. Not much in the way of electronics. A CD player in a CJ? Blasphemy. I had the stock FM radio and an 8-track player hanging underneath. I disconnect the single speaker in the front and connected a couple of cheap weather resistant Radio Shack speakers, that had their own plastic enclosure, on the rear fenders just under the roll bar.

I wouldn't even thing of leaving my JK unprotected in a rain storm.
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Haha, yeah your other version sounds much cooler. I kinda wish I could do the same thing, but I'm not going to wish for a tornado!
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I had a 1980 CJ7. Big difference with Wranglers. The CJ's dash was just the otherside of the firewall. Not much in the way of electronics. A CD player in a CJ? Blasphemy. I had the stock FM radio and an 8-track player hanging underneath. I disconnect the single speaker in the front and connected a couple of cheap weather resistant Radio Shack speakers, that had their own plastic enclosure, on the rear fenders just under the roll bar.

I wouldn't even thing of leaving my JK unprotected in a rain storm.
It's not Blasphemy if you only play old school music. Allman Brothers, The Band, Neil Young, Hendrix. Mine came completely without speakers or a stereo of any kind.. so I had little incentive to keep it stock.

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