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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

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    Not known anyone with L&K tbh
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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

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    lol, well I knew you had an L&K spec as I remember having to google it when you first mentioned it. Which is how I also know no-one had mentioned it to me before as I had never heard of it.

    But you got me: Of the people I have talked to face to face about cars which is quite a few, I have yet to have anyone discuss L&K trim levels on a Skoda.

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

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    Did you stick a compressor up the four sunroof drain hoses and blow out all the gack, too?

    Common issue on abused VAG cars, that. Leads to the cabin flooding in wet weather.
    no..where are they please?

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    Or put the compressor at the top and turn it into a hovercraft
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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    no..where are they please?
    Observe: https://workshop-manuals.com/skoda/o...r_drain_hoses/
    Note the difference with the Estate version.


    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Or put the compressor at the top and turn it into a hovercraft
    Doing it the wrong way round can blow the hoses out of place and you have to spend the next few hours ripping the car apart to reattach everything. It's a right PITA and several people have learned the hard way!!
    We must be cautious....

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    right, pre seeing Ttaskmasters post above (which is golden info) I found the fronts, and tested them for drainage. I drove the car backwards up ramps to tilt her forward, got a kitchen jug full of water, slowly poured it into the sunroof suround (roof wound back) and.......nothing. It sat there endangering my newly cleaned interior (which was prtected by multiple towels for this job)....Well blocked.

    I used a tyre compressor for a more gentle blow-job and that failed. I used the conical "inflatable boat" adaptor with some tape round it for a seal and flicked the switch a few times to see if it would clear, but I was bit worried about big pressure... (seems like I was right, having read the aboce)

    so I got out my plumbing kit and my drain unblocking spring
    Looks like this but DOESN'T have bulging end
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Am-Tech-S18...rain+unblocker


    Those drain holes are LONG!!! it took the whole blummin flexi prodder BUT... with some gentle prodding... one cleared and then the other actually needed a winding (like a dril bit) and a withdrawing several times to get the muck out. Then.. whoosh... cleared

    But I had NO IDEA there was some in the back. I cant see them with the roof back....I HAVE however seen the pipes in the rear boot interior behind the panels and had no idea what they were so I need to look at those. They're big thick blue things

    I think I will try to do those from underneath..... find them and prod them clear maybe?

    that description says I should but the diagram makes little sense to me currently
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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    right, pre seeing Ttaskmasters post above (which is golden info) I found the fronts, and tested them for drainage. I drove the car backwards up ramps to tilt her forward, got a kitchen jug full of water, slowly poured it into the sunroof suround (roof wound back) and.......nothing. It sat there endangering my newly cleaned interior (which was prtected by multiple towels for this job)....Well blocked.

    I used a tyre compressor for a more gentle blow-job and that failed. I used the conical "inflatable boat" adaptor with some tape round it for a seal and flicked the switch a few times to see if it would clear, but I was bit worried about big pressure... (seems like I was right, having read the aboce)

    so I got out my plumbing kit and my drain unblocking spring
    Looks like this but DOESN'T have bulging end
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Am-Tech-S18...rain+unblocker


    Those drain holes are LONG!!! it took the whole blummin flexi prodder BUT... with some gentle prodding... one cleared and then the other actually needed a winding (like a dril bit) and a withdrawing several times to get the muck out. Then.. whoosh... cleared

    But I had NO IDEA there was some in the back. I cant see them with the roof back....I HAVE however seen the pipes in the rear boot interior behind the panels and had no idea what they were so I need to look at those. They're big thick blue things

    I think I will try to do those from underneath..... find them and prod them clear maybe?

    that description says I should but the diagram makes little sense to me currently
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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    I cant type what I said here... PeterB would ban me for-evs

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick View Post
    I have shorter hair, and I'm not quite so..... slow. But it was a similar situation in the Polo for weeks!

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    If you're anywhere near Reading, bring it round - I'll get the 140L compressor out and we'll back-blast the tubes.
    You should only need access to the outer vents, really.

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Doing it the wrong way round can blow the hoses out of place and you have to spend the next few hours ripping the car apart to reattach everything. It's a right PITA and several people have learned the hard way!!
    We must be cautious....
    So no blasting it with the pressure washer then?

    Seriously though, given this is a thread about old cars I would expect any plastic tubing like that to have gone a bit brittle. That's fine if you regularly blow the crud out of drain hoses like that, but in a car that might not have had that done in a decade is there really a safe way of applying air pressure?

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    So no blasting it with the pressure washer then?
    Alas no - Not enough pressure anyway and the addition of water is more likely to hinder the removal of cack. You'd need a really small diameter back-jetter to wash the cack 'downstream' and out the drain port, rather than trying to push it all through from either end.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Seriously though, given this is a thread about old cars I would expect any plastic tubing like that to have gone a bit brittle.
    Mine is rubber hose and it's not really exposed to anything that makes it degrade much.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    but in a car that might not have had that done in a decade is there really a safe way of applying air pressure?
    Start low and gradually increase. Works whenever we do it. Old Golfs are especially bad, as they're usually very poorly maintained.

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    I got MLyons under the back of the Skud today and he found the rear drain hold rubber nipple on the near side that lets the water out.. I have no idea how to clean those pipes though, because I cannot see them from the sunroof end. Maybe I can get my plumbers rod up it?

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    I can get a compressor nozzle, no worries. I know good workshops v wel. I just don't want to blow the pipes off!

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    Re: New whip - death of the 20 year old Polo

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Mine is rubber hose and it's not really exposed to anything that makes it degrade much.
    Would have thought on a roof it will get hot on hot days, wet on wet days. No UV exposure though which is nice.

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