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Jeep Makeover

We've had the Jeep now for about 4 years. It's been a GREAT vehicle. It's had the "normal" parts needed replaced (it is, after all, a '98) {well except for the driver side window and then of course there was the minor altercation with John's Coke, but that didn't really cause us to have to replace anything LOL} but one part that DID mess up caused a doozy of a problem:

The drainage tube for the air conditioner decided to malfunction and cause the water to drip back into the passenger side floorboard. John tinkered around with it, trying to fix the problem. Most of the solutions he found online suggested drilling a hole into the body of the Jeep, he didn't really want to take that route if there was another option. He tried running a coat hanger through the tube (only about an inch long) to see if there was a blockage, but found nothing. Finally, he discovered that the sealant around the tube was basically deteriorating, which was causing the water to flow back in the Jeep (and let me briefly explain here that finding this seemingly simple fix was NOT easy for John.....if anyone has every worked on a vehicle, they know that nothing is really simple about it LOL). Thankfully, it just took some weather stripping to stop it from coming in anymore.

Now, after that long explanation that I could understand you skipping LOL, we come to the reason for that above paragraph and subsequently, the whole reason for this post:

With the water back flowing INTO the Jeep, you can imagine what begins to happen. Since there's no hole in the floorboard, where does the water go? Nowhere, that's where. Yup, it just builds and builds and builds, until you're practically swimming in the floorboard, NOT pretty.

John would break out the carpet cleaner from time to time and it wasn't unusual to suck up several GALLONS of water. You also know what happens to water that just sits? It starts smelling lovely, and the next step is things growing somewhere they shouldn't be (especially with the hot/dry weather we've been having lately). Not healthy in the least.

Once John was finally able to solve the problem of the back flow coming in and making it drip where it's supposed to drip (outside), it was time for the Jeep to get a thorough cleaning. He brought out the carpet cleaner again and pulled all the seats out and scrubbed every inch of carpet he could reach. McKayla and I cleaned all the rest we could reach. 

Then after that, with the inside looking so good, we couldn't just leave the outside dirty, so it got washed too.

The Jeep has NEVER looked so good! I think she looks rather sexy for a 15 year old vehicle, don't you? :-D


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