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Well I made the mistake of not checking for automatic sprinklers at a friends house before parking my car. When I came out later in the evening the interior of my 2008 Equinox was soaked. Everything was fine when I started to drive home but about 2 miles down the road all of the interior lights and gauges shut off, then when they came back on nothing was working properly. Radio wont turn on, gauges dont work etc. Lights and blinkers work but dont register inside on the dash. Any ideas of how to dry this out and get them back to functioning properly?

I have never been more irritated with myself! :banghead:

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Well I made the mistake of not checking for automatic sprinklers at a friends house before parking my car. When I came out later in the evening the interior of my 2008 Equinox was soaked. Everything was fine when I started to drive home but about 2 miles down the road all of the interior lights and gauges shut off, then when they came back on nothing was working properly. Radio wont turn on, gauges dont work etc. Lights and blinkers work but dont register inside on the dash. Any ideas of how to dry this out and get them back to functioning properly?

I have never been more irritated with myself! :banghead:

THANKS!!!
First off, I would say that the neighbor was negligent for having his sprinklers set up to spray outside of their own yard, unless it was abnormally windy. I don't think you should have to ask around if anyone has an automatic sprinkler system before parking their car.

On your situation, I would park your car with all the windows open, in the sun, and away from all sprinklers, and it should dry out, and be good as new. Or, you may want to drive around with the windows closed, and the A/C ON, and it will act as a dehumidifier, and dry out the interior.

Good luck !
 

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Thanks.

I parked it last night with the windows cracked and it did dry out some. I am now down to just the AC/Heater controls not responding properly and the radio wont let me switch to the XM band. Everything else seems to have dried out. It should be about 97 today and it is parked in the sun with the windows down once again so maybe I will go out after work and all will be good again!
 

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That's unfortunate, glad to hear most of the important systems have come back, hopefully the other systems are fixed too after drying out.
 

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The best way to ensure that nothing got damaged would of been to disconnect battery right away since water doesn't damage electronics unless you add electricity into the mix. And then let everything fully dry out. Now all you can do is let it dry out and hope the water hasn't damaged anything long term. Me myself I would still disconnect the battery and make sure everything was dried out before I reconnected it cause you can still damage components from the free standing wire. Yeah it's an inconvenience but I'd rather be without a car for days than spend what could be a lot of money replacing electronics.
 
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