Problems with spilt juice

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Today when visiting md's 1 of the kids knocked over a plastic cup containing sprite,unfortunately most of it's contents ended up in the centre console.It almost all disapeared down the slot for the autobox.
I dried up what i could.However when we had finished our big macks,we set of.To my dismay it's stuck in 1st gear and wont change up.So I nursed her back home with hazards on,luckily only 2 miles from home.

Will this sort it's self out when it dries out or has this caused my pride and joy major trouble?Any suggestions please?

Yours in despair
colin.
 

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When soft drinks dry they usually leave a sticky residue behind. This most likely will coat the switch gear. Coke is worst as it tends to corrode, not sure about Sprite..
 

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A good liberal sparaying with a quality switch cleaner should sort out your problem, you could also try blowing out the selector module with an airline or even a can of AIRDUSTER... both cleaner and airduster available from Maplins ..
 

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I have seen many a electronic selector module destroyed by this unfortunately. Hope you can clean yours out successfully.
 

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Today when visiting md's 1 of the kids knocked over a plastic cup containing sprite,unfortunately most of it's contents ended up in the centre console.It almost all disapeared down the slot for the autobox.
I dried up what i could.However when we had finished our big macks,we set of.To my dismay it's stuck in 1st gear and wont change up.So I nursed her back home with hazards on,luckily only 2 miles from home.

Will this sort it's self out when it dries out or has this caused my pride and joy major trouble?Any suggestions please?

Yours in despair
colin.

I once had the same problem when the kids (against my advice, would you believe?!), spilt a sprite type drink into a computer key board, with similar results.

I contemplated the various ways it might be remedied and they were all too expensive.

I solved it by pouring methylated spirit (I am sure any organic solvent would do) into the affected part, then putting it outside in the breeze to evaporate dry. Worked a treat!

Perhaps if you did have to resort to this, follow up with WD40 or PTFE would be a wise precaution?

We look forward to hearing how you "solve" it.
 

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The sugar will be the hardest problem, also the juice, these cannot be removed with spirit, as they come from a different family. The ECU will have to dismantled and washed in warm soapy water, dried and then treated.

I can do this for you if you get stuck
 
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Hi Colin,

I agree with the other posts regarding your having a go with something like Meths, Isopropyl or switchcleaner.
What you might try is effectively 'washing out' the sprite with one of these to remove as much as you can.
Then use a hairdryer on the cool setting to attempt to evaporate what's left.

I have used this method to good effect on some electrical equipment in the past,
I managed to rescue a portable radio cassette player in this way some years ago.

Good luck, DoverSole
 

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Its up to you,as I say you will not shift it with spirit,its got to be hot washed in water
 

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Spilt juice

:cry:This has been discussed before. (In a cup holders thread) I TRUELY wish you luck with the problem. The outcome can be somewhat expensive. After weeks of trying to deal with the suggested simple solutions, I sucumbed to the Dealer's solution . . . and $620.00 later it was fixed. I apparently was not alone in my frustration:

One of the first post I ever did was where orange juice went down into the gear shift, it was not too bad and only £500 to fix. try and drink oil,, or something with no sugar in it, it does not do as much damage
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It seems to be a relatively frequent happening among MB Owners. I prohibit ANY food or drink in my car . . as a result.
 

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It seems to be a relatively frequent happening among MB Owners. I prohibit ANY food or drink in my car . . as a result.

I cant help feeling the the cup holder was placed in the center console for it to do as much damage as possible to the car in the event of a spill. All of the after market versions that used to be out there are fitted to the doors or seats
 

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Rather worrying prospect here for the sake of a cup holder, I think Ill remove mine to stop temptation to use it. Now, what can I stuff in my newly found storage space :)
 

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Rather worrying prospect here for the sake of a cup holder, I think Ill remove mine to stop temptation to use it. Now, what can I stuff in my newly found storage space :)

As my old (German National) friend says; "Cars are meant to be driven, not as cafeterias".
 
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Thanks very much for all the advice.I went for the simple option yesterday.The wife's hairdrier on a cool setting for 15-20 mins.Went for a test drive and yip it was fine.So no meths or anything else needed.Lucky me !!!and fingers crossed I hope thats it fixed.
thanks again for all advice.
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:cry:This has been discussed before. (In a cup holders thread) I TRUELY wish you luck with the problem. The outcome can be somewhat expensive. After weeks of trying to deal with the suggested simple solutions, I sucumbed to the Dealer's solution . . . and $620.00 later it was fixed. I apparently was not alone in my frustration:

One of the first post I ever did was where orange juice went down into the gear shift, it was not too bad and only £500 to fix. try and drink oil,, or something with no sugar in it, it does not do as much damage
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It seems to be a relatively frequent happening among MB Owners. I prohibit ANY food or drink in my car . . as a result.

I tried oil earlier but i'm more of a milkshake man myself.Kids who would have them!!
 


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