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Re: [T3] Water leak

--- Jim Adney <jadney@vwtype3.org> wrote:
> On 11 Nov 2003 at 19:15, Aaron Clow wrote:
> > I was working on my engine the other day and I
> noticed
> > that the whole rear deck of the car was sopping
> wet.
> > Funny thing is, the rubber cargo mat showed no
> signs
> > of a leak on the top. Dry as a whistle. Somehow
> the
> > water is getting under there and it doesn't look
> to be
> > coming from the windows. 
> This is a very common problem, which is due to an
> improperly installed brain. 
> The cover that seals the inner body panel has 2
> spring clips that hang down. 
> Those clips must be pushed down on the OUTSIDE (out
> is out) of the body panel 
> so that they hold the rubber seal tight against the
> body panel. Only then will 
> the seal do any good.

Cover that seals the inner body panel? You mean the
cover plate that attaches to the FI brain? I didn't
see any spring clips on it, but I will look again. I
think it was one piece of metal with the rubber seal
that goes all the way around. Were the clips separate
from the plate and can possibly be removed?

> It is common to find the brain cover installed
> simply hanging from the 2 screws 
> on top, with the spring clips dangling loose
> underneath and the seal completely 
> out of contact with the body.

I'm sure that's what's happening. I'll have to take
another look as soon as it dries up outside. Snow
flurries predicted for  Friday. Wonder if that means
salt? Guess I better get Wilson set for a long
winter's nap and fix this ASAP. :)

> In general, for this
> to work the seal has to be 
> glued to the cover, which is how they came from the
> factory.

With what do you usually glue it? 

Aaron Clow - http://www.tiserves.com/VW/
'71 FI AT Square - On the Road
'71 FI AT Fasty - Off the Road
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