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Sand in Selec-Terrain/Transfer Case/Quadra-Lift Switch

I did a great trip in my WK2 this weekend. Took it out on the beach on an incredibly beautiful Easter Sunday. It did a good job on the Sand/Rocks -- although I did air down quite a bit (25 pounds). We went quite far and ended up miles from anyone else. Just perfect...until....

So,here's my issue: any time you're on the beach the sand gets everywhere. In this case the sand got into the area where the Selec-Terrain selector is between the two front seats. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a ton of sand. Just a smattering. And now the horror: the sand jammed the buttons for the transfer case and the quadra lift. So I got off the beach and couldn't hit the buttons (I was temporarily stuck in Low and OR2 height). Thank goodness, I eventually managed to work the buttons free. When I got home I ran a vacuum over the center console.

So what do you think? Is it a design flaw? And where is the sand going when it falls in the gaps between the buttons? What damage is it doing? And what would happen if I spilled liquid in there?

I plan to jury-rig some kind of plastic to cover the buttons.

Anybody else have this issue? Anybody else figured out a good way to protect the area?
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Re: Sand in Selec-Terrain/Transfer Case/Quadra-Lift Switch

I understand sand gets everywhere but surely you dusted yourself off before getting back in the jeep? I understand sand on the floor but in the centre console and buttons as well? I wouldn't say this is a design flaw, just a fact of 4wdriving.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:12 PM
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Re: Sand in Selec-Terrain/Transfer Case/Quadra-Lift Switch

Sound more like user error.
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Re: Sand in Selec-Terrain/Transfer Case/Quadra-Lift Switch

Have you guys ever driven/played/fished on a beach? Sand gets everywhere. Where I live I know tons of guys who beach drive. All kinds of vehicles. And everyone gets sand everywhere. In no other vehicle does it lock up buttons. And those buttons are alarmingly close to the cup holders too. And it was a very small amount of sand in the center console. It just took a few grains to jam the buttons.

Anyway, it doesn't matter if this is classified as "user error." Does anyone know how to get under the buttons to clean?
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Re: Sand in Selec-Terrain/Transfer Case/Quadra-Lift Switch

I agree, sand gets everywhere, even when you try to protect the equipment, there will be some sand dropped into the switches. I dunno the best way to deal with it, however. A thin piece of cardboard or plastic to clean the gap perhaps.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:51 AM
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Re: Sand in Selec-Terrain/Transfer Case/Quadra-Lift Switch

Maybe this:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...t+extractor.do

I'll let it sit for a good long time to give it time to flow into every nook and cranny, then carefully peel it out. Works pretty well for me.
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Re: Sand in Selec-Terrain/Transfer Case/Quadra-Lift Switch

Thanks for the suggestion. I like the idea of the cleaning goo.

My wife has a plan to do something (she's an arts and crafts type). Who knows maybe she'll weave me a "center console cozy."

I still wonder about what's in there already. Does anyone know if the switches pop out easily?
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Re: Sand in Selec-Terrain/Transfer Case/Quadra-Lift Switch

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I still wonder about what's in there already. Does anyone know if the switches pop out easily?
Maybe Moose is monitoring this thread and will have some input. He'd be my go-to guy for this type of question as he's successfully dismantled and reassembled virtually every bit of his Jeep. I think the only thing he hasn't done (yet) is reverse engineer and then recompile the various software systems...and I could be wrong about that!

One kludgy but possibly effective idea comes to mind...keep a roll of Saran Wrap in your rear storage area. Rip off a large piece and cover that entire section of the center area whenever you hit the beach, leaving enough excess to allow for operation of the various buttons and main selector knob.
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