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Re: [T3] drain hose

On 1 Feb 2005 at 17:41, Kevin Guarnotta wrote:

> i found a source for my leaks, although I had cleaned out the drain tubes last
> summer, they clogged up again. I think I will switch them with clear hose so i
> can know if they are clogged( ithink i got that idea form jim) I also plan on
> getting some magnets to cover the air intakes, only removing when driving.

I've got clear hose here if you need it. I bought some magnetic vent cover 
material and tried it last fall. It will work fine to keep leaves out, but it 
also keeps water from evaporating so i was worried that it might make things in 
there rust even faster.

Those covers DON'T keep rainwater out, so I was leaving the covers, just 
sitting upside down on the trunk lid to let everything dry. Forgot about them 
one day and lost one while driving down the highway, since they only stick well 
on one side.

> anyway the larger/longer hose that comes straight from the body of the car
> (as opposed to from the air handling unit)drops down and then into a tube in
> the front. this was where the clog was. the metal tube in the body is rusted
> out and very flexible... not sure what to do here... any ideas? I'm imagining
> that the only thing to do is weld a new tube in?

Ouch, that's a nasty place to try to get to and make repairs. I'd take the 
airbox out and reach up inside and clean it all out, then try to decide.

The problem with the late air plenum is that when you clean out the hoses there 
can still be lots of leaves, etc up in that metal plenum. That's the stuff that 
holds the moisture and promotes the rust.

Sorry, I don't have any great ideas about a simple repair for this.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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