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Old 04-30-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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3" of water in my floorboards

OK, before anyone tells me to, I plan on lining the inside of my tub with herculiner or a like product.
My hard top was taken off a couple weeks ago, and I told myself I am not putting it back on until cold weather returns in the fall. So, I drove to work yesterday with my safari bikini top and full hard doors knowing it was going to rain. Didn't rain on me driving to work, but rained all day as my jeep sat in the parking lot. I seriously had 3" of water in the floorborads. I didn't even bother scooping it out with a cup...I just drove home in it.

I have carpet. What is the easiest way to get it dried up? It's raining again today so no sunshine. I have taken a shop vac to it twice, and will do it again in a little while (im on vacation for the next 5 days so I have some time)Should I take the seats out, or just shop vac what I can until the sun can shine down on it? Thanks.

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Old 04-30-2009, 02:30 PM   #2
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You have no drain holes?

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Old 04-30-2009, 02:49 PM   #3
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Pull the carpet out.. Its simple and dont take long.. If not you are on the fast track to replacing the floor pans.. I did the same thing.. I have Gray carpet so I hit mine with some purple power and the power washer. Made the carpet in my 2000 tj look new...
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:19 PM   #4
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pull the drain plugs, then vacuum the hell out of it. Same thing happened to me last year. I actually used the giant vacuum at the local gas station. It worked great, but I don't know if it's supposed to be a wet/dry. Oh well, it's not mine.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:28 PM   #5
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I pulled the carpet from the front floor and the insulation under it is soaked. Should I just pull that out and not bother about putting it back in if even if I put my carpet back in until I get it lined? Or should I just leave everything out until I line it with something?

Also, the drain plugs are in the floor on both sides? Exactly how do I go about pulling them?

Thanks guys.

I used my leaf blower to dry out what I could. (how REDNECK is that!!!)
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:01 PM   #6
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there is drain plugs on both sides. They are black plastic, size of a half dollar maybe. Just pull them out by hand or you could use a pair of pliers if there snug.
I took mine out and never put them back in..
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:26 PM   #7
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I run w/ no carpet and my drain plugs removed all spring-fall long. My top goes up and down according to the weather, but the doors are off until winter. You can flip your front seats forward to help minimize the amount of water getting on your seats.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:27 PM   #8
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Also, when you pull the drain plugs, pull the ones that have the water channels going to them. There's 4 you need to pul, one in each floorboard.
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I just carry a cover for when at work and its raining or
going too

I need carpet in the winter, but I also keep top off all summer
so I use the cover
I found a trails end cab over doors for 30
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I lost my drain plugs years ago, the carpets dry really fast, there isn't much to them. I have a full cover that I put on when I know it's going to pour it even covers the areas where the doors belong.
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I take my carpet out in the summer and put it back in in the winter, Helps with insulation a little in winter and water drains out of the plugs easier in the summer
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get rid of carpet and drain plugs.....waste of space and weight.....better gas mileage
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:33 AM   #13
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Thank you all for the responses...I threw away the heat shield/insulation that was under the carpet. It was tearing up bad. I'll probably let the carpet dry out and then just lay it back in some other time.
I pulled the rubber drain plugs. (1 on either side)

Are the plastic, oval shaped pieces in my floorboards drain plugs as well?

Oklahoma is getting some pretty good rain each day right now. All I have is a bikini top, but I'm NOT putting the hard top back on!!!
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i took in a lot of water in my tj while off roading a few years ago. i took the carpet out let it dry for a few days and put it in the sun as much as possible, then put it back in once it was completely dry. it didn't get moldy or smell nasty, but if you are worried you can probably spray a little diluted bleach on it to ensure that no mold forms. i would test your bleach mixture on a small part of the carpet first to make sure it doesn't completely bleach the carpet.
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I pulled the rubber drain plugs. (1 on either side)
Just in case - there's 4 plugs you need to pull. 1 on each side, both front and rear.

Also, no need to pull the round ones, just pull the 4 oval shaped ones that have the water channels running to them... unless your floorpan is different than my 98.

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