(for those living in snow only): how often do you take your rig to the car wash in the winter?

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SO your saying that when it is 12 degrees below zero, you pull out a bucket and hand wash your vehicles. Hows that work out?
Two shots of tequila before stepping outside, and one shot in the bucket to break the ice... :LOL:
 

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How do you use you washers in the winter? I have outside spickets off to avoid freeze.

Also have the SOT, so no car washes. I don’t see any option for undercarriage only at any car wash. That would be a helpful option.

Assume the undercarriage just gets salted again on the drive home.
 

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How do you use you washers in the winter? I have outside spickets off to avoid freeze.

Also have the SOT, so no car washes. I don’t see any option for undercarriage only at any car wash. home.
A bucket filled with sudsy hot water for washing, and a bug sponge for faster cleaning. A hose & garden nozzle for rinsing. Granted, the hose bib is inside the attached garage. This also allows me to use the pressure washer, with a pivoting QD tip, for cleaning [just] the underside of the vehicles as needs require.
 

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i havent taken my jl to the car wash since i got it in may 2019. i let the rain take care of the jl. tho i've wanted to take it over to the self wash bay and do a quick wash. if anything just to get the salt off. however, i just cant get a break in the weather to make it worth while. i hate the idea of getting it wash just to have the salt layed down again for the upcoming snow. i'm going to try to do a good wash job in my driveway when warmer weather comes. that was something i was going to do, but this spring / summer weather was a rainy one.
 

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one question tho. arent the car washes not jeep wrangler friendly.
 

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I went through a Chevron car wash and it ripped the front of my rear flare off. I had to pull it the rest of the way off and replace some of the clips. I can't say for sure if it was my error (being to close on that side) or not but I haven't tried it again since it happened.
 

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one question tho. arent the car washes not jeep wrangler friendly.
they certainly suck getting the tailgate area behind the rear tire. Haven’t had any problems outside of that. Been taking my jeeps through car washes weekly for over 10 years. Soft top about half the year too. The one I go to is not a touchless. I would prefer touchless, but the one I go to is across the street from my office so super convenient.

Actually, it does try to rip my front license plate off, but rock crawling tries to do the same thing anyway. It’s just secured at the top and extends away from my front bumper. Other mounts could do better
 

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they certainly suck getting the tailgate area behind the rear tire. Haven’t had any problems outside of that. Been taking my jeeps through car washes weekly for over 10 years. Soft top about half the year too. The one I go to is not a touchless. I would prefer touchless, but the one I go to is across the street from my office so super convenient.

Actually, it does try to rip my front license plate off, but rock crawling tries to do the same thing anyway. It’s just secured at the top and extends away from my front bumper. Other mounts could do better
i can see that certian areas on the jl will be missed. the one carwash by me is not all that great. i've taken one of my past ride thru it a couple of times and all i did was pay for a shitty wash. plus it was taking the clearcoat off in a couple of spots. if anything i would try out the self serve wash bay. will have to see since its gone thru multiple new ownership. so things might not be all that great. most likely, i'll end up waiting for warmer weather and do it in my driveway.
 

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I've heard that you shouldn't wash your vehicle in the winter as you reactivate the salts in your undercarriage
 

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I’ve never understood people’s fear of a car wash. I do this with all my cars whether it be a Jeep or a Jag.
Same here. If for nothing else, it gets the salt off the undercarriage. Washing any of my vehicles in my driveway in the middle of winter when it's 30 degrees outside would not be my first choice for cleaning it.
 
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I've heard that you shouldn't wash your vehicle in the winter as you reactivate the salts in your undercarriage
Never heard of that. If anything, the jets of water pointed at the under carriage will wash away the road salt.
 

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one question tho. arent the car washes not jeep wrangler friendly.
I use the one at the Jeep dealer where we bought the JL. I remove the antenna (learned that the hard way) and they have an attendant who soaps up the tailgate area. It does a pretty good job, and it's complimentary, at least for now.

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I use the one at the Jeep dealer where we bought the JL. I remove the antenna (learned that the hard way) and they have an attendant who soaps up the tailgate area. It does a pretty good job, and it's complimentary, at least for now.

Best,
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I never took my antenna off. Sure it wobbles around a lot in the car wash but so far has not broken off, lol.
 

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