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On 29 Jan 2005 at 17:48, Randy Hougham wrote:

>   Well last night I took my heater distribution boxes apart and attempted to 
> wash the stuffing to get rid of the mouse smell. They were filthy and 
> stinky. When I put them in water they just turned to mush. I washed them out 
> as much as I dared.It took about a half an hour to get the stuffing 
> straightened back out and layed flat to dry. I was just down the basement 
> and took a wiff of the stuff and it still stinks.

Yeah, I feel your pain, but I'm sure that it actually helped quite a bit. 
Letting it soak for a longer period, perhaps with a change of water, would help 
more, but you probably don't want to go thru this again, and time will prevail.

Just flattening it out and leaving it out in the hot sun would also help a lot.

>    Does anybody have any ideas on what to replace it with? I asked befor 
> about fiberglas and Jim said that he did't think that was a good idea. Any 
> reason why?

The fiberglass would slowly but surely break down into little pieces which 
would then get blown into the air you breathe.

>    I assume that it is to reduce engine noise to the passenger area. Is 
> there any other reason that I'm not thinking of? I ran the car around town 
> with the stuffing out and it didn't seem like the heat was any different.

I'm not sure how important it is. When everything is actually working well that 
air can get VERY hot. It's possible that you could melt the black plastic. 

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

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