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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

Ahh! search engine requires me to put quotation marks around my words, and voila, I found those posts without hundreds and hundreds of hits with only the individual words. Some other forums don't do search requests with quote marks, in my experience.

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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

Don't forget to turn off the wipers, if you have them set to rain-sensing. The car wash water will trigger them to wipe.
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:03 AM
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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

Craziness.

2013 GC TH got both regular and touch less at minimum 3 times a month for 4 years at all different places and the new 17 has been 6 times already with no issues, no problems, no being turned away etc etc.
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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

Never had an issue with my 14 or 15.

I could care less about hand washing the vehicle. If it's real dusty I'll take it through a touch less first but other than that, it receives no special treatment. I have other things to do with my time than hand wash a 'nothing special about' vehicle that I wouldn't have more than 3 years. If it were a Rolls, that'd be a different story.
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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

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where/ what do you do with your key-fob: do you hand it to the attendant or leave in your console or glove compartment or what? Thanks again for your great responses.
I just leave mine in the cup holder. Never had a problem at any auto car wash.
Also, I've never encountered one that needed the vehicle shut off while rolling through.
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Has anybody here ever heard of not being able to get your Grand Cherokee washed at an automatic car wash because they will refuse to wash it? I tried searching for this issue in these forums, but found nothing here. I never brought a vehicle with the key-less entry and push button start into a car wash. It seems that the car wash places need to have the engine turned off and the shift in Neutral. This is not really possible with the automatic transmission vehicles we have without uses the emergency manual over ride that lets you move the shifter into N with the engine not running. I wanted to get my new 2017 Grand Cherokee washed, and just Googled about if/how to give the Key Fob to the wash attendant, etc. and came up with this: These 33 Vehicles Need Special Help To Drive Through a Car Wash | BestRide There is a section showing the Chrysler, RAM and Grand Cherokee vehicles. My Jeep doesn't have the rotary shifter knob like my RAM did, but still, you cannot put into N with the engine off or turn the engine off unless the Shifter is in Park. Weird . Any experience or comments on this? I did not bring my Jeep to the car wash or call them yet to ask. It seems there may also have been some very strange accidents with Jeeps in car wash places Thanks
Roughly how many nanoseconds did you search?
There was a nationwide recall of the detentless style shifters, an actor killed due to failing to put the vehicle in park, massive news coverage, etc.

Hundreds if not thousands of postings here on this forum for the recall and the
sometimes heated discussions of whether or not GC owners tend to be less observant and careful than owners of more expensive vehicles using the same shifter.
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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

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Manual car wash is better for the paint anyway
Some time ago someone actually used radioactive tracers to determine if manual [spray type], manual [hand wash], or automatic car washes actually wore off more paint.
If my feeble elderly brain is correct, the automatic surprisingly resulted in the least paint loss. [I still hand wash or use non-contact spray anyway].

The automatic types have the nasty habit of offering a choice of an inadequate wash and underbody clean cycle or insist on spraying gunk all over your vehicle that not only dulls the wax job, but can trap crap against your paint---which I suspect the simplistic test would consider "better".

Since the original topic of the shiftless shifter and people who don't know what a parking brake is has been beaten to death multiple times here, perhaps a segue into comments regarding people who sufficiently disdain their vehicle that they would use them is appropriate....but that has been beaten to death as well.
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i got a powerwasher and refuse to ever use one of those auto-washers on this car
Keep it turned down if you value your decals, etc.
However, even a pressure washer is a tad inconvenient with a wind chill below -30F and an inch of salt or other corrosive substances all over your vehicle--and the damn water freezes faster than you can flush it off.
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Thanks to all of you! The search engine in this forum (with my input, lol) was unable to find any of these for me. Sorry. Now back to my original wondering, for those of you HAVE been able to get your Grand Cherokee washed in an auto carwash WITHOUT you having to sit in your vehicle, where/ what do you do with your key-fob: do you hand it to the attendant or leave in your console or glove compartment or what? Thanks again for your great responses.
You shouldn't need to hand over your fob, just click the shoulder harness it appears.
Haven't had the recall done yet, as I know where my parking brake is.
Will one of these days, probably when some new models come in to keep me amused while waiting on the shuttle.
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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

My solution to this would remain "never go to a car wash where I have to leave the vehicle". None of those I use even let the driver or passengers leave the vehicle. I don't want others driving it or having access to the interior. But that's me.
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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

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Roughly how many nanoseconds did you search?
There was a nationwide recall of the detentless style shifters, an actor killed due to failing to put the vehicle in park, massive news coverage, etc.

Hundreds if not thousands of postings here on this forum for the recall and the
sometimes heated discussions of whether or not GC owners tend to be less observant and careful than owners of more expensive vehicles using the same shifter.
I did not say I searched for a recall on detentless shifters; I said I searched for car wash problems/ issues Thanks anyway
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Re: Dangers of a Grand Cherokee in a Car Wash

I can shut my engine off with tranny in N. Tranny in N first, then shut off engine.

I've never had any issue at car washes, whether manual or automatic or brushless automatic. But I can envision car washes where the JGC isn't compatible, sure I imagine it can be possible, just like Bob the OP has seen.
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