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post #1 of 7431 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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What have you done to your Patriot today?

Found this on another car enthusiast forum, and thought it would be fun to see here.

Note: If you're looking for somewhere to tell about your entire project plans, this isn't it.

Post just a little something about what you did today. Whether it's messing with your sound system, changed your oil, or finally finished up a big part of the project that you've been working on, or just anything and everything.




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post #2 of 7431 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Washed the car, and repainted a few screws that I use to hold mesh grille on.




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Topped up the screenwash...drove to my folks house and took their dog in it to go for a walk in the forest!

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I bought mine around Christmas so right in the middle of our gunky, rainy, messy season.

So today I finally cleaned the windows, in and out, thoroughly.

Snap together plastic interior parts start out with loads of softeners in them so they don't break on the factory floor during install. Over time these softeners and plastisizers off gas, the plastic hardens up and that is why it is such a pain to get them off an older car.

Meantime your glass gets a film that is near impossible to get off by simply washing your windows. You have to attack it on multiple fronts with multiple things.

That is what I did. 2.5 hours on just the glass, in and out.

Some of that is wait time, I'm not that anal!
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post #5 of 7431 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 09:03 PM
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I picked up some winter floor mats at Walmart that have the Jeep logo on them. I trimmed them out and and they look pretty sharp.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Plasticolo...r-Mat/16405826
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nothing.....the wife gets the Jeep , I get the really sh!tty Daewoo (I work in bad neighbourhood)
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I don't like my rubber floor mats anymore, they seem to just collect dirt and then its virtually impossible to clean. Will be looking for cloth ones soon.




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...and then its virtually impossible to clean....
Have you tried a garden hose? Mine are still dirty after vacuuming, so I was thinking of just washing them
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I don't like my rubber floor mats anymore, they seem to just collect dirt and then its virtually impossible to clean. Will be looking for cloth ones soon.
I have rubber mats in the wife's Nissan SER and hang them on the floor mat clips on the wall at the car wash, blast them with the pressure washer and they clean up great. They salt the roads in the winter where I live and if i don't use rubber mats in the winter the salt ruins the carpet.
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I also found a Simoniz tire cleaner that brings back the brightness of the raised white letters on your tires. It really makes the white letters pop again!
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I put air in my tires today. Pressure was down in the 30psi range could explain my ****ty gas mileage

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How ironic as Murman and I had a discussion earlier today about Jeep slush mats. I was telling him how sick I'm of cleaning my carpet mats and was thinking about purchasing a set of slush mats for $52 shipped. I don't need WT or Husky liners as I don't deal with snow and slush mats is a cheaper alternative.

But to answer the topic of the thread...cleaned my carpet mats AGAIN and drove to get some burgers for dinner.

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Thread seems to be doing good so far. I guess carpet mats arient the best idea then, Maybe I should look into lower profile rubber ones. I currently have a "diamond plate" pattern one, but the diamonds stand up a good half inch, which leaves plenty of room for dirt and junk.




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I sneak into the laundromat late at night and run our rubber mats through a quick wash cycle in the big commercial units.

Costs a buck (I think, maybe $2) and they are squeaky clean after.

drip dry, I'm too cheap to pay for a dryer.
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washed thoroughly (including the bottom) to remove any salt still remaining from the winter

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