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Washing Interval?

Hi,

Is there a general guideline regarding how often one should have the Patriot washed? The 2014 manual states vaguely that it should be done regularly.

FYI, my Pat is parked on-street, and has to deal with Midwest (Chicago) winters.

Thanks in advance.

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1) DON'T take it to an auto wash, Wash it yourself, auto washes scratch the hell out of your paint

2) wash it when it's dirty, but at least twice a year wash AND wax it (every 6 months or so).

3) with midwest winters, at least once a year clean the bottom off and coat it with a rust prevention, like Fluidfilm.

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Thanks for the advice. I've had exterior damage from a mechanical car wash with the rollers on a prior vehicle, but I was hoping a touch free wash might be better in that regard.
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Car = Dirty = Wash it

Do you have a showering interval?

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Thanks for the advice. I've had exterior damage from a mechanical car wash with the rollers on a prior vehicle, but I was hoping a touch free wash might be better in that regard.
Touch free sucks ... only thing I think they are useful for is getting salt off in winter.

Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

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My dad and I just go to the car wash, and spray down the car to get most of the dirt off, and then we go through the automatic wash. Does a pretty damn good job. Cause for some reason, washing cars by hand for me doesn't go very well.

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Those of us who live in "hard-water" country usually plumb a soft-water tap near the car washing location--rinsing off doesn't require and IMMEDIATE wipe-down. But, as I get lazier in my advancing years, I take it to a "surf-thru" mechanical wash--many brushes, and I don't see any damage in my 8 year old paint. After all, it's a Jeep, not a BMW or.??


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The swirl marks are most apparent on dark colored cars, and metallic paint cars, I don't remember off the top of my head what the color of yours was Jack, but my red one was pretty bad after a couple of washes. (not car washes, but washes out in the desert!)

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Don't worry Jack, at half your age I'm lazy and throw the Benz through the scrubber wash with good results. The touchless leaves it dirty still .... will always prefer hand wash tho.

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Car = Dirty = Wash it
Pretty much...

If its cold out, then wait until its above freezing to wash it and the salt off. But Ive done it as often as weekly last year when the salt "dust clouds" were flying off the roads as people drove over it.

Its been a month or so since my last wash due to temperature.

During winter , I use touchless washes, since I dont trust the rust and junk from previous cars being fully removed on the touch wash systems. Otherwise its hand wash when its warm enough outside.

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It's a Jeep. It is engineered to look better with mud on it

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Or salt?

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Or salt?
Definitely not salt!

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They do look good dirty.

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I wash mine at least once a week and use Klasse synthetic polish and sealant 2 to 3 times a year. But, it gets dirty and treated like a Jeep. Just remember that many DOT agencies use a salt mixture that is highly corrosive. Same as the shower comment - I love working out in the yard, but I am not showing up at work smelling like a law mower.

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