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Old 11-17-2008, 03:14 PM   #1
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Muddy engine compartment

Hey im new to this forum and a new owner of a 2004 tj hardtop. Me and my buddy tested out our 4 wheel drive the other week and got a little muddy. The rest of the car has been cleaned except the engine compartment, which has an impressive amount of mud in it. Any ideas on how i can clean it out effectivle, safe, and the right way. and is a muddy engine compartment avoidable whn going offroading.

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Old 11-17-2008, 03:19 PM   #2
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its avoidable if you rock climb.. if your on trails with water holes and mudd pitts mudd will get everywhere including inside ur frame rails.. i usually just spray it down lightly and then with a sponge i wipe everything down

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Old 11-17-2008, 03:22 PM   #3
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The 04 doesn't have a cap and rotor right? Just spray it down, just go easy on the electrical.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:34 PM   #4
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yeah dont point it directly at any wires or at the intake.......dont blast the alternator.....ive always sprayed mine out with a power washer.....pay particular attnetion not to blast your computer
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:01 PM   #5
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I live in MD, and wheel in WV. I don't see rocks, only mud. Best way is like they have said, spray down the engine bay being careful of the coil packs etc. Stuff can get wet, when you drive in the rain the fan throws water EVERYWHERE, but you don't want to squirt a high pressure stream of water inside the corners of the coil packs etc. Also, don't spray directly onto the alternator, let it get wet while you spray around it. Leave the engine off during this. After everything is wet, take some of that foaming engine cleaner and spray it on the stuff you want to clean, again, be careful not to spray directly on electical components. You can just whipe electrical stuff off with a rage or lightly damp sponge until the mud cleans off. Anyway, once the foam is on whatever you want to clean, just take a sponge or a rag and whip it down with some elbow grease to get the caked on mud off of it. Water will make things look clean, but when it dries it will still be there. Look carefully for the dark brown/black look of wet mud. Its easy to spot once you know what it looks like. when your done, just spray everything off one more time and your good to go. The engine bay is the easiest to clean the mud from. The rockers, skid plate (at least on a rubi with the 4:1 and the locker air pumps) and the frame rails are a PITA. Let the engine bay dry before you start her up, to make sure nothing shorts out (Although it shouldn't, just a precaution)
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Leave the mud, it'll just get more in the future.
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Leave the mud, it'll just get more in the future.
I was always told to not to leave caked on mud on the engine.

caked on mud = hot engine?
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I was always told to not to leave caked on mud on the engine.

caked on mud = hot engine?
x2 stained rubber hoses and what not that are a ROYAL PITA, and almost impossible, to get clean again if you let them sit and melt into the rubber.
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Stained hoses.....must be a show horse.....not a work horse. Jeeps were born to be muddy, they love to be muddy, they need to be muddy! GET THEM MUDDY!! just hose it out the best you can and hope for the best......

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