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    Trying to hobble home

    I went wheeling in Pennsylvania this weekend and got into a bit more water/mud than I should have. Trying to make my way home but I keep overheating. I changed the air flter (if was really gummed up) and I've been to a coin-op (twice) to spray the mud out of the front of the rad. Any suggestions on what to try next would be appreciated as I sit here on the side of the highway letting the jeep cool off.

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    Try spraying your rad from inside the engine bay to push dirt outwards. Otherwise that's the only thing I can think of.

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    If you have A/C then the mud is in between the rad and A/C condenser. I've been in this trouble before and only real way to fix is remove rad and wash properly.
    Do you have your heat turned on high? That will help as well.
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    Drive with the windows down and heater on full blast. You'll hate it, and it's only good for so much, but it'll help a bit.

    Coolant level good on the rad?
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    ^ this, and check your fan clutch,
    Prolly pooched, seen Curt use a coat hanger once,
    as a trail fix.

    good luck

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    Thank you everyone for the responses. I was able to hobble 30 miles to the nearest coin op. It took well over an hour. Yes I do have a/c and getting at the back sure of the rad wasn't really possible. But I spent another 7.00 in quarters and sprayed the front until it looked like the water was running clear for a couple of minutes. Now on my way home and able to pretty much control it by laying off the skinny pedal and running the heat full blast. Unfortunately the nav doesn't like the heat a jeep can put out. What an awesome design flaw.

    Eta to get home is currently about 11:00 tonight

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    You should be able to spry through the fan to get the back, just flip the hood back against the windshield for better access.
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    I thought JK grills came off pretty easy to get right at the condensor / rad. Still wont beat removal to clean between the rad stacks.
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    If it's a jk then Yah there are 4 or 6 (can't remember) plastic pins to pull across the top then just pull the grill. It helps a lot.

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    I will try that today to get more of it out. I am about to go out and put the sprinkler underneath to see what I can get from the underside.

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    i have found if you can blow it out first from engine out then wash it with hose, no high pressure and repeat you will get better resualts. just push it back the way it came .......
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    just regular hose pressure...no power washer. Chance of beding the fins over.

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    I usually put the lawn sprinkler in front of the rad and let it go up and down for about an hour after using the hose on the inside a bit. Makes sure everything is nicely saturated then go back at it with the hose again. I keep it in pace by balancing it on top of the winch and keeping it sideways with a bungy cord.

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