Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 20:18:26 +0100
From: Andrew Sinclair <news11nospamlycat.org>
Subject: Re: Big rubber part hanging from middle of NG900 bulkhead?


In message <9fGdnaw_6um-7vTbnZ2dnUVZ_ubinZ2dnospamast.com>, Fred W <malt_houndnospamo.com> writes >still me wrote: >> On Thu, 07 Jun 2007 20:59:27 -0400, Captain Poutine >> <captainpoutinenospaml.com> wrote: >> >>>Just noticed a huge chunk of rubber hangs from the exact center of >>>the bulkhead in my NG900 in the engine compartment. It looks like a >>>black elephant snout. What is it? >> Like the elephant snout, it's for air intake. > > >No, it's not. It's for condensate output. > Close, the elephants trunk (as it is known) is to drain rain water from the compartment behind the bulkhead where the cabin ventilation fan/blower and windscreen wiper motor lives., I think the condensate drains from the AC come down behind the front wheels (my NG900's air conditioning is the soft top opening switch so I may be wrong on this...). This compartment gets filled up with leaves and other debris which then rots down and makes the ventilation system smelly and it is certainly a good exercise to clean it out once a year. To access, remove the windscreen wiper arms (prise out the cap and un-bolt taking note of the position of the wipers on the windscreen). The plastic trim panel between the bulkhead and the windscreen comes away by removing the thick rubber seal that runs across the top (just pulls away) then you can fiddle the plastic panel out, it's pretty obvious looking at it what you have to do. The elephants trunk can be pulled out and cleaned as can the rest of the compartment then, once clean, remove the ventilation intake filter (left hand side of the compartment looking in from the front) and either replace it (not expensive) or some people report putting it through a dishwasher works - can't vouch for that. Whilst the filter is off, make sure nothing falls into the intake as it will rattle around inside the fan unit and drive you mad... Reassemble in reverse order in the great traditions of the Haynes manual. Andy -- Andrew Sinclair http://www.smellycat.org

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