As a first time Jeep and 4x4 vehicle owner; I have come to the conclusion that I do have extensive knowledge on how to clean a car for show. But I have never cleaned a muddy 4x4 that has been soaked in water and mud in every place imaginable. So I open up this thread to learn from you guys. Your experience in the mud and the clean up will greatly help me and others like me once we get our new toys into the playground.
What you guys use first, second and so on to remove all that mud?
What steps in order you take?
What about the inside? Is the carpet removable or you guys just hose it and let it dry?
What parts mud get into that you think most people forget to remove?
How much time it takes you to finish the cleaning process?
What kind of mechanical or tuneup checks would you recommend after every muddy day?
The idea behind this is to be able to put your vehicle in a "everyday use" condition. Lets say it is your only vehicle which you use to get to work, you want to be able to clean it up good before using it during the work days.
Well, hope to see a lot of replies with lots of info on this thread. Take care guys.
2010 Sahara, Red, rough country winch & stubby, Body Armor rock sliders, stiff spring mod, RC 2.5" series II lift kit, 33X12.5 Duratracs on 15" MB72s.
2007 Grand Cherokee, Red Rock Crystal Pearl, 5.7L HEMI
1) get a recovery strap on it somehow and slowly yard it out of the bottomless mud bog....
re: "What about the inside? Is the carpet removable or you guys just hose it and let it dry?"
2) this one didn't have any of that unnecessary stuff
re: "What parts mud get into that you think most people forget to remove?"
3) air cleaner. In this case, it was the old oil-bath style on a 1945 CJ2. And muffler. Don't forget the muffler. Of course, that assume your Jeep spent the biggest part of the night under water and mud slurry....
re: "What kind of mechanical or tuneup checks would you recommend after every muddy day?"
4) Depending on how primitive and close to the Real mudder your inner Jeep may truely be, get enough mud off the seat and away from the pedals to make them useable....
re: "How much time it takes you to finish the cleaning process?"
It never ended. Only when it was physically impossible to carry on, did true 'clean & curry' procedures require something of a momentary stop in forward progress...
Of course, this was 50 years ago and we were exuberant high school Jeeper nerds....
You might be interested in learning what to do when climbing the steepest driest most challenging hill on the National Guard Tank proving grounds in SW Idaho, when near the top something goes 'katch-ching' and all power to the wheels is lost....before walking 12 miles toward civilization to beg a ride from an itinerant well driller stuck out on a project in the sagebrush....but that proved to be only the gland nut holding the main transfer gear on, so it wasn't really that big a deal after getting it hauled back to our own little private Base Repair site.....and no water was involved this time so it doesn't really qualify for your questions....
still....other things happen besides cosmetic Restoration...those sorts of incidents though, tend to attenuate some of the previous exuberance of early ill considered Jeepster adventures....
get in--buckle up--hang on
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1. Find a car wash that actually has hot water.
2. Spray the heavy mud off the body, undercarriage, and engine.
3. Wash it normally, make sure you dont just use the soap and water from the hose, the pearl coats on these jeeps get an awful residue if you dont use a brush or hand mitten.
4. Dont be a dummy tough guy, put wax on your jeep. If there is any vehicle that needs a good coat of wax protecting the clearcoat, its a jeep. Some morons on here will tell you that wax doesnt belong on a jeep, but these arent the old cjs they used to build with basically spray paint on the body. These are 25-35k rigs, take care of it while abusing it!!!
There are very few vehicles that can be defined as "made for offroad". Unfortunately, the Wrangler can definitely be defined as "made for offroad" by its inability to handle well on road