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Unread 11-07-2007, 11:18 AM   #1
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soft top in carwash

has anybody taken a soft top JK through a carwash?

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Unread 11-07-2007, 11:22 AM   #2
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Yes, no leaks. Didn't seem to hurt anything, however, the manual says not to do it so we don't anymore.
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Unread 11-07-2007, 11:22 AM   #3
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My understanding is that you should not take your JK through a carwash with a softtop.....I wouldn't take my hard top though either, but that's me....

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Unread 11-07-2007, 11:39 AM   #4
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Why would you wash a Jeep?
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Unread 11-07-2007, 12:00 PM   #5
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I haven't taken my JK through yet but I used to take my YJ soft top through one. It was one of the "touchless" car washes. Went through without any problems.
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Unread 11-07-2007, 12:04 PM   #6
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Why would you wash a Jeep?
I was waiting for someone to say something like this.
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Unread 11-07-2007, 01:31 PM   #7
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I had a couple of drips when I went through the touchless automatic, but nothing that wouldn't keep from doing it again.
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Unread 11-07-2007, 02:24 PM   #8
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I took my hard top through. I found that the car wash, even the most expensive one, failed to clean certain parts of the Jeep. I'm not sure they even got wet! The mirrors were one place - seems like there were some places around the fenders too. Anyway - completely unhappy with the wash job.

I prefer to wash it by hand anyway. Gives me an opportunity to look it over, spot any problems, and so forth.
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Unread 11-07-2007, 03:55 PM   #9
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I took My YJ through Touchless and Brush style Carwashes B4. Less water inside and more clean with Brushed style carwashes. However Brushes may scratch soft glass. Iwas fortunate I guess. I only wash my JEEPs and Vehicles by hand since My old truck's paint and parents Parents Van paint jobs were F'd up from taking them through a car wash to often. The Carwash Chemicals seem to harsh and don't clean as well as the good 'Ol Sponge and Hand brush method.

I do like some of the Carwashes that have under carriage Cleaners! HEE HEE!
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Unread 11-07-2007, 04:48 PM   #10
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so are there reasonable small electric water heaters a guy can buy to put on the end of a hose and wash by hand in the winter. I'd much rather do that than go to the manual sprayer!

I've been thinking I need to find a touchless automatic around here though too...
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Unread 11-07-2007, 06:48 PM   #11
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I bought a gas-powered pressure washer to clean it with. It does a decent job, but it's not perfect. It's great for the softtop windows. Still need to go over the rest of the Jeep with a brush, but the pressure washer makes it nice and wet and soap and easier for the brush to do its job.
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Unread 11-08-2007, 05:35 AM   #12
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so are there reasonable small electric water heaters a guy can buy to put on the end of a hose and wash by hand in the winter. I'd much rather do that than go to the manual sprayer! I've been thinking I need to find a touchless automatic around here though too...
IDK about the porible heater?? Maybe use a water heater from a garage?? if it's too cold out, Temper the water with interior Cold Tap water.
Here in Sacramento it may get below a Tepid 25-32deg F maybe a few weeks a year (at night)
When it gets that cold The Auto Carwashes shut down. What happens back east and in colder regions?
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Unread 11-08-2007, 10:31 AM   #13
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The local place I use won't put a soft top through the automatic wash. Although they do put convertibles through (Touchless). But they also have a hand wash option that's relatively inexpensive and better than the mechanical wash, and they'll clean the soft top with cleaner. The hand wash is a pressure wash with a sponge follow up, same hand drying as the mechanical.

That said, I wash my own. When I bother to wash it...

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Unread 11-08-2007, 11:53 AM   #14
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When it gets that cold The Auto Carwashes shut down. What happens back east and in colder regions?
Here the car washes run year round, even when it is -40F and colder outside, and it seems like no matter when you go, you have to wait in line.

I cannot for the life of me imagine why your car washes are closing down when it is still shorts whether outside.
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Unread 11-08-2007, 12:08 PM   #15
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I willuse the full service car washes. They tend to be more gentile and I've never had a problem. Just be sure to get all of the mud and Gilmer dirt off of it first or they will charge you extra to power wash first.
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