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Old 07-03-2009, 11:35 AM   #1
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I have a swimming pool inside my jeep.

I left the back windows off during a TORRENTIAL downpour while I was in class and I have literally 3 inches of water everywhere. I pulled out the floor plugs in the front and that got a little bit out, but it doesn't help much for the back. Are there plugs in the back? Whats the best way to go about getting the water out? I live in MA and it has been pouring constantly for the past month and it doesn't look like its gonna let up anytime soon. I have the top down and the floormats out to try and let it air our a bit, but it's supposed to rain later.

I'm not too worried about the smell because I really couldn't care less, but I'm concerned about mold and mildew growing. Would it be a really bad idea to pull the carpeting out? I lifted it up and theres just pools of water underneath it. It lifts up near the doors to get to the plugs, but seems pretty secure around the console and inside of the jeep. Will I ruin the carpeting if I pull it out?

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Old 07-03-2009, 11:50 AM   #2
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i dont really know much about the carpeting but if you are running with at least some sort of top i would pull the carpet out. i have had mine off since 94 and i love it. if it gets dirty i just run the water hose through it and i also drilled two extra drain holes in the back. i always had the issue of dirt flying up in my face while driving when i didnt have the top on but since i installed my bikini top i dont have that issue any more. the only problem i had is that in the 110 degree weather here in south texas if you left it out in the sun the bare metal would be pretty hot. but if none of these issues concern you then by all means rip that carpet out

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Old 07-03-2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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You'd probably be better off pulling the carpet out than leaving it sit in the water. At least it would dry quicker if you pulled it out and keep any mildew problems to a minimum. JDsDream's suggestion about the wet/dry vac is about the best you will get. Two other options I can think of. If you do not have a wet/dry vac and don't feel like getting one right now, maybe rent a rug doctor from your local grocery store (I think they all have them for rent). That should work to get the puddle out of your Jeep and you could clean the carpets really well too while they are out. Or you could just syphon the water out of the tub and then sponge out what is left. Either way, the up-side is that your tub should be nice and clean now!
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:34 PM   #5
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The carpeting is easier to pull out than you might think, I'd pull it out and let it dry out. You can prevent mold & mildew from forming by spraying it fairly heavily and often every other day or so with Lysol. Lysol will kill any mold or mildew that forms. Don't bother with Febreeze which won't kill anything.
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Old 07-03-2009, 03:57 PM   #6
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I leave my jeep open alot and I keep the plugs out.
To get the water out of the back I just drive down they block and hit the brakes a few times...water rushes up front and drains through the holes. Whatever is left in the back usually dries up fairly quick.
I have no carpet either.
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Happened to me a couple months ago. At the time, I didn't know they had plugs in the floorboards. There are plugs in the back floorboards that you can pull out as well. And the carpet is pretty easy to remove. The insulation that is under your carpet will be damaged pretty bad. Mine just kind of fell apart when I removed it. I ended up not putting the insulation back in...just the carpet.
Also, there are rubber plugs in your floorboards, and some others that almost dont look like they are made to be removed. They are the one's in your water channels. I removed ALL of them. You may need to use a flat blade screwdriver to pry them up, then use a pair of pliers to pretty much just rip them out.
While I had my carpet out, I painted my floorboards with some truck bed paint...the kind that has the grit in it for traction....It was Rustoleum brand. Just wanted to put a little protection down there for when it happens again.
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I leave my jeep open alot and I keep the plugs out.
To get the water out of the back I just drive down they block and hit the brakes a few times...water rushes up front and drains through the holes. Whatever is left in the back usually dries up fairly quick.
I have no carpet either.
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I leave my jeep open alot and I keep the plugs out.
To get the water out of the back I just drive down they block and hit the brakes a few times...water rushes up front and drains through the holes. Whatever is left in the back usually dries up fairly quick.
I have no carpet either.
This is what I do. Remove carpet. There is only one black plastic screw on each front piece on the firewall. Than there is a button holding the rears together. Other than that, the carpet just kind of gets pushed under things, and yanks right out. Just be careful while it is soaked, it can rip easily. Take the 4 drain plugs out in the front, and I think there is 2 in the trunk floor. They may be the useless ones on the wheel wells, can't remember which. Anyway, once the front drains out, just push the water forward, or drive and hit the brakes a few times. Hit the carpets with a lot of carpet cleaner (might as well while it is out) and wet vac it real good, or take it to a car wash place and use theirs. Most have a shampoo'er with a wet/dry vac. Wait till the floorboard dries, whipe it down with lysol to be safe, and toss the carpet back in. No big deal.

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