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Old 06-02-2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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First time rain with no top on

Unexpected rain today, my top was off, went down from work to put the top back on but I do not have the rear and side soft top windows with me. Should I wait until it dries before starting the engine to avoid any chance of having electrical problems ?

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Old 06-02-2011, 12:58 PM   #2
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I knew this would happen sooner or later...

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Old 06-02-2011, 12:59 PM   #3
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Did you leave the hood up as well?
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Did you leave the hood up as well?
hood is always up, I find I have better visibility driving this way
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It'll be fine, you drive it in the rain don't you???? The only things to be concerned about are the radio and the clockspring. Other than that pull the plugs and let it dry out, and smile.....
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Well the radio and clocksrping were part of the concerns, which defines the origin of my question about letting it dry out before ignition
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It'll be fine, you drive it in the rain don't you???? The only things to be concerned about are the radio and the clockspring. Other than that pull the plugs and let it dry out, and smile.....
Hmmm, how would someone protect the clockspring?
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Hmmm, how would someone protect the clockspring?
Through some act of genius I suppose........ Of course keeping it dry while your driving is a whole 'nuther challenge....
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Hmmm, how would someone protect the clockspring?
Ooooo......oooooo......I know......I know.....
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So I turned the key to start the engine and my Jeep exploded into pieces... thanks alot rain





Going home now for a wet pants ride in my Jeep and am still gonna be smiling the whole way.

Now have a good excuse to spend on neoprene seat covers
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Of course keeping it dry while your driving is a whole 'nuther challenge....
You mean your column cover can't be used while driving??? Now how am I going to drive topless in the rain???
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I left my top off while at work for about 10hrs. got home, pulled floor plugs and drove to car wash to vacuum out pepper tree seeds and the water in that little trunk thing. I would leave the windows down though, if its warm enough your jeep turns into a rainforest if the top is on.
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I left my top off while at work for about 10hrs. got home, pulled floor plugs and drove to car wash to vacuum out pepper tree seeds and the water in that little trunk thing. I would leave the windows down though, if its warm enough your jeep turns into a rainforest if the top is on.
I wasn't gonna put the windows back up, I do not care about the dirt the rain might have brought in, I was more concerned about electrical issues with water infiltrating between the wind shield and the dash
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I wasn't gonna put the windows back up, I do not care about the dirt the rain might have brought in, I was more concerned about electrical issues with water infiltrating between the wind shield and the dash
Isn't that designed to drain out?
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Isn't that designed to drain out?
from the inside !
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What is a clockspring?
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What is a clockspring?
it's the electric connector that allows the steering wheel to spin 360 while keeping the horn and airbag electrical contact
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if water gets in 'em sometimes the horn will blast constant until you disconect the battery...
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It's a legitimate question. I would wonder the same thing. Glad everything was okay.
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So I turned the key to start the engine and my Jeep exploded into pieces... thanks alot rain
I will be up shortly to pick up them pieces...ought to match up perfectly!
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Man I just read this thread and noticed that not one person tried to help you! I'm probably way too late but you should have no electrical issues, you are go for ignition. The engineers at Jeep thought that this sort of thing might happen to a few of us so they made pretty much everything water proof except the radio, which if you have any problems after this it'll be your radio. Just leave the top off and park it in the sun and pull the plugs. There are no natural fibers in the interior of your Jeep so it wont mildew or stink. The interior of your Jeep was designed with this in mind. The one and only Jeep!
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I will be up shortly to pick up them pieces...ought to match up perfectly!
JB!! you are mostly welcome anytime, I'll show you a good time around town
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Man I just read this thread and noticed that not one person tried to help you! I'm probably way too late but you should have no electrical issues, you are go for ignition. The engineers at Jeep thought that this sort of thing might happen to a few of us so they made pretty much everything water proof except the radio, which if you have any problems after this it'll be your radio. Just leave the top off and park it in the sun and pull the plugs. There are no natural fibers in the interior of your Jeep so it wont mildew or stink. The interior of your Jeep was designed with this in mind. The one and only Jeep!

Thanks, yeah I don't want my radio or anything else to explode
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No problem man. How did it all turn out?
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Not sure about the horn blasting but i just bought a 99 tj from the dealership i work at. It was a trade in.. Top wasnt all the way on. (stupid sales man) and it rained. Clock spring got soaked cuz the way the water was running in to the steering cover. Wouldnt run right... Unpluged clockcpring....purrs like a kitten... It will give u a check engine light and say its the tps..(throttle position sensor)....
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Hmmm, how would someone protect the clockspring?
I put a garbage bag over the steering wheel. Cheap and waterproof.
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helpful answers!
am such a newbie though....how do I unplug the plugs?
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helpful answers!
am such a newbie though....how do I unplug the plugs?
The plugs are pretty easy to pull out with your finger, they're black rubber ovals and you just grab the edge of and pull out of the holes.

You can pull the carpet back a little from under the door sill trim and then reach your arm in to find them. On a JKU, there are 2 each in the driver and passenger footwells, 1 each in the back seat foot wells, 1 under each of the 4 seats, and two in the rear cargo area.
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am such a newbie though....how do I unplug the plugs?
I've got a thread on JK-forum that shows pictures of all the plug locations for a 2DR. It also shows how to remove the carpet, but I think you would be able to get most of them out with just reaching under the carpet.
LINK->Carpet Removal 2012 2DR

THE 12 DRAIN PLUG LOCATIONS 2DR
-2 on each Front Foot wells
-Under Front Seats
-Behind Front Seats where back seat passengers would put there foot
-Small ones in the rear recessed mount area for the back seat
-Under the Jack and in the bottom of the hidden storage area
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