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Old 01-04-2005, 10:12 PM   #1
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Oops I spilled soda on my controles

Well i opened a can of coke in my car while in its copholder and it managed to spray all in the side of the duel climate control. So now when i press the key it gets stuck lol. What ways can i go to cleaning this? I wanna avoid opening it up if i can.
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:40 PM   #2
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:42 PM   #3
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why are you eating/drinking in the car, serves you right
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:45 PM   #4
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i was thinking about simple green but that might mess up the electronics.
i know there is something out there that you can use but i can't remember the name.
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take it apart and clean it. cant be that hard,
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Old 01-05-2005, 12:20 AM   #6
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Old 01-05-2005, 11:14 AM   #7
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I did that on my steering wheel controls and they were sticky for a bit but the with more use it went back to normal
although im sure there is still some sticky shit there
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Old 01-05-2005, 12:46 PM   #8
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1. turn on powerwasher
2. spray interior of your car
3. done.
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Old 01-05-2005, 01:13 PM   #9
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Step #1 Go to Newfey Speed and Sport (Canadian Tire)
Step #2 Purchase electronics cleaner in spray can
Step #3 Shut off car and disconnect battery
Step #4 Spray on buttons where you gooked
Step #5 Connect battery and turn ignition on
Step #6 Pray that it still works

You can also get electroncs cleaner at Radio shack
The shit evaporates very quickly and doesn't leave any residue
Make sure you spray enough to dislodge the pop you sprayed- don't be a pussy, really get it in there.
Wait at least 1 minute before turning on power.
You can also squirt a little WD40 in there if you don't have any luck with cleaner at first, this will lubricate and remove most of the pop. Then remove the WD40 with the cleaner.

4 buttons on my E30 were stuck because some dick head spilt shit in there so I applied the above solution with great sucess.
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Old 01-05-2005, 03:52 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Adriano
Step #1 Go to Newfey Speed and Sport (Canadian Tire)
Step #2 Purchase electronics cleaner in spray can
Step #3 Shut off car and disconnect battery
Step #4 Spray on buttons where you gooked
Step #5 Connect battery and turn ignition on
Step #6 Pray that it still works

You can also get electroncs cleaner at Radio shack
The shit evaporates very quickly and doesn't leave any residue
Make sure you spray enough to dislodge the pop you sprayed- don't be a pussy, really get it in there.
Wait at least 1 minute before turning on power.
You can also squirt a little WD40 in there if you don't have any luck with cleaner at first, this will lubricate and remove most of the pop. Then remove the WD40 with the cleaner.

4 buttons on my E30 were stuck because some dick head spilt shit in there so I applied the above solution with great sucess.

sounds all good, except #6. should i really be worried? and about the battery, do i really need to remove it?
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Old 01-05-2005, 03:54 PM   #11
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go to radio shack and buy some contact cleaner.. (basically rubbing alcohol).. comes with a fine tip spray nozzel... use that to spray inside there.. soak it in good and press the button a few hundred times until it loosens up and keep spraying... don't worry, the electronics can't get enough of it. It won't ruin anything.. just make sure it dries properly. (only takes a few minutes to dry)

FYI -- it's not the liquid in the soda that is a problem for these electronics.. it's the sugar. That stickiness is all the sugar that has gunked everything up.
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Old 01-05-2005, 03:56 PM   #12
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bah nevermind.. same thing adriano said. same product, different store... and he disconnects his battery because he's a pansy... real men like to electrocute things!

and no, you don't have to disconnect the battery.. you can take out the fuse instead... just press the buttons a few times to drain any remaining electricity from the unit.
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:00 PM   #13
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:36 PM   #14
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Step #1 Go to Newfey Speed and Sport (Canadian Tire)
Step #2 Purchase electronics cleaner in spray can
Step #3 Shut off car and disconnect battery
Step #4 Spray on buttons where you gooked
Step #5 Connect battery and turn ignition on
Step #6 Pray that it still works

You can also get electroncs cleaner at Radio shack
The shit evaporates very quickly and doesn't leave any residue
Make sure you spray enough to dislodge the pop you sprayed- don't be a pussy, really get it in there.
Wait at least 1 minute before turning on power.
You can also squirt a little WD40 in there if you don't have any luck with cleaner at first, this will lubricate and remove most of the pop. Then remove the WD40 with the cleaner.

4 buttons on my E30 were stuck because some dick head spilt shit in there so I applied the above solution with great sucess.
I had the same success with the above. I spilled a super-sized cup of ice-tea which fell on and from my dashboard, all over my center console, onto my heated seat switches, and filled up the accessory tray between the two seats (needless to say i was pretty pissed...damn Canabis-Sativa!). Anyways, as Justin e36 alluded to, it was the sugar that made it all sticky. I 'washed' my interior with contact cleaner and it did an awesome job. Don't worry, I use contact cleaner an all the insides of my electronics...it won't do any damage. It's great to get rid of dust which can cause crackling sounds when you turn an analog volume dial etc...
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:38 PM   #15
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4 buttons on my E30 were stuck because some dick head spilt shit in there so I applied the above solution with great sucess.
Hey Adriano, you have an e30?...pics?...rocket launchers?
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