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Old 18 Jul 2002, 06:37 pm
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Default Automatic car washes

On pg 163 of the 2002 PT Cruiser user manual, it warns to not use an auto car wash if the compact spare is installed. Well, I emailed Chyrsler to ask WHY??? and was told two things.
1st - just use the auto car washed that have soft cloths.
2nd - follow the guideline on page 163.
Too weird!! Talk about mixed messages!!
Anyway, what's the deal with the spare, if anything? The clearance seems fine. There's even a stabilizer bar underneath with LOWER clearance than the spare.
Is anyone out there using an automatic car wash? Any problems? I want my Cruiser to stay cool and clean and don't have time to do hand washes. HELP!?!? Thank!

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Old 18 Jul 2002, 11:26 pm
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What they are talking about is when the compact spare is being used IN PLACE OF THE REGULAR WHEEL, like when you have a flat and need the spare. The reason for that is the car sits uneven with the compact spare in use.

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Old 19 Jul 2002, 12:15 pm
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Also, the spare tire is really thin. Maybe the automatic car washes that pull your car thru on the rails will have a problem with two different size wheels.

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Old 21 Jul 2002, 01:45 am
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This is too funny! My emails back from Chyrsler INSIST that the compact spare installed BENEATH the car is the problem!

Anyone TRIED an automatic car wash?! )

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Old 21 Jul 2002, 10:24 pm
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Yea KSG the "Brushless" kind, only water and soap touches the car. Had no problems with it. Since I had it painted I haven't taken it back to a car wash.

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