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kdaebi 03-27-2007 11:29 AM

Got caught in a I have problems...
About a week ago, I bought a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. I immediately removed the top and put it in my garage. It never rains in Texas...right?


I got caught in a major downpour on my way home from work last night. I mean, it POURED. I got completely soaked, and so did the inside of my jeep. I wasn't worried, because I thought that Jeeps were designed for this type of thing. Was I wrong?


I put the Jeep in the garage. In the middle of the night, the horn went off. I disconnected the battery cable, and went back to bed. This morning, I reconnected the battery cable (the horn didn't go off when I did this). Now I have a plethora of problems.

The radio, which worked for a bit this morning, no longer functions. The horn won't work. The cruise control doesn't function. And I hear a rapid 'tick tick' noise like the turn signal except faster, that stops when I apply the breaks or turn signals. The headlights and turn signals work fine.

Obviously, I got something wet that isn't supposed to get wet and things are shorted out.

My question is this..did I do permanent damage, or will things eventually dry out and function once again.

Any help would be appreciated, especially since my lovely wife advised against this purchase and will sieze any opportunity to rub my nose in a mistake.

Flower Mound, Texas

whitebuffalo 03-27-2007 11:48 AM

go to the fuse panel and pull the fuses and blow out with compressed air. your radio may be fried, as they dont like water. for the horn, id suspect the horn switch has water in it, but it could be anywhere.most of it will most likely dry out and be ok. i ahve no idea how cruise works on a jeep tho so i cant even specualte there....

fwiw, i usta carry a tarp around under my seat just in case (i have no top) but have gotten it soaked a few times before without major incident (including sunday night) of course, i have no carpet and half my wiring is ghetto anyway, so ur results may vary....

Odhinn 03-27-2007 12:01 PM

Theres always a possibility of damage when water and electricity mix. Best bet, IMO, let it all dry out then diagnose it and see.

BTW I know exacly the rain storm you were in. I got home before it hit. With the amount of rain that fell it would be like submerging the jeep so it was definately an extreme situation.

erickpl 03-27-2007 01:43 PM

Sounds like the clock spring is toast. This is the item in the steering column that connects the electrical on the column with the rest of the Jeep.

Let EVERYTHING dry out. Blow out the fuses with compressed air. You may need to replace the clock spring, but if it all dries out well, it may be okay.

kdaebi 03-27-2007 02:16 PM

Ok then....
I located the fuses and blew the area out with compressed air. I did NOT remove any of the fuses. The area seemed dry.

The rapid ticking noise has stopped, but still no radio or cruise control. Is a 'clock spring' something I can replace myself? I did a quick search on the internet, and I'm not sure that I'm up to the task.

I'm not much of a mechanic, although I'm proud to say that I recently replaced a water pump and serpentine belt on my daughter's 1991 Buick LaSabre. The guy at the auto parts store said that the job would take a good mechanic about forty minutes. I joked that it would probably take me about four hours. It took six.

Thanks for all the feedback. I'm glad I found this place.

erickpl 03-27-2007 02:19 PM

Replacing the clockspring involves pulling off the steering wheel. From what I have seen, it is a fairly easy fix, but I haven't personally done it, so can't completely address it.

Give it a day or so to finish drying unless you can park it in the sun with a breeze going. It is sounding like the stereo got wet as water went down the windshield to the back of the stereo.

1BLKJP 03-27-2007 02:45 PM

Yeah, give it a few days to dry everything out in the sun. I've had all of that happen before also in some serious rain. Who knows all of the places that water can get to when there's enough of it. :D

It does suck at like 2 am when the damn horn starts going off though. :D

mmasuperman12 03-27-2007 03:05 PM

welcome to the gettin caught with your top down club, i got caught in like a 45 minute downpoor this summer, just rode it out no real problems especially since i tossed a marine CD player in the jeep

crafty 03-27-2007 08:47 PM


Originally Posted by mmasuperman12 (Post 66173)
i got caught in like a 45 minute downpoor this summer, just rode it out no real problems especially since i tossed a marine CD player in the jeep

Marine CD player and speakers was one of the best purchases I made also. That and a squegge for the inside of the windsheild :D

erickpl 03-28-2007 09:26 AM

I wish Alpine would do a marine radio... :)

NalinMFG 06-24-2007 09:19 AM

my jeep caught caught in a 3-4 hour downpour yesterday without the top... so far i have the rapid turn signal noise. i'm going to let it all dry out and go from there. rain blows.

Levinoss 06-24-2007 12:27 PM

Why take the top fully out of ur rig? NOOBS all of you NOOBS! ;) jk

Yea, that was a pretty crazy rain storm kda, like everyone said give it some time. Your radio might be fried =(


penguin_in_a_cj 06-24-2007 05:53 PM

not sure where on a jeep you would locate the cruise control servo but my guess would be under the dash. find that see what you can do to get it dry.

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