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#1 Purebob

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 09:54 AM

Folks, a daft question - I see the wide diametre silver corrugated pipe under the hood, and I assume it is this one that I must cover with a filtering cloth/sock/etc in order to stop my car being showered in crap every time I drive it. Can anyone tell me which end I need to remove & refit with the "sock" in place - the dash end or the seemingly inaccessible bottom end? Thanks ! :ph34r: :rolleyes:

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 12:31 PM

I'd do the dash end, but I'd use a pair of tights rather than a sock :P

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 12:35 PM

I use the white filtering mesh sold for the air conditioning filters/kitchen filters...best compromise between air-flow and filtering capability....today I have to check it anyway, will take a pic of it...

Edited by Ricky2772, 17 May 2003 - 12:35 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2003 - 12:46 PM

I'd do the dash end, but I'd use a pair of tights rather than a sock :P

So I'd heard Bri ;)

thanks, I'll dig out some pongy pop sox later & have a go. :D

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 12:48 PM

I've covered the dash end with the stockingette polishing cloth stretched over it. Exemined it a few weeks ago & it was amazing how much crap it had caught. Also found quite a few stones in the pipe. Well worth doing & it has not affected heatre performance Paul

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 12:54 PM

Ricky - I am sure a few of us less technically minded owners would really appreciate a photo or two of what we are supposed to be doing. cheers

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 02:33 PM

yes photos and big arrows please

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 03:20 PM

The left end of the silver tube as seen in pic should be gently pulled off. It's just a push-fit against a foamrubber-type lining. You can't really break anything, so don't be scared! More photos follow.

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Edited by speedyK, 17 May 2003 - 03:36 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2003 - 03:23 PM

Pipe detached after about 500 miles with filter in situ.

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 03:25 PM

Debris in pipe that was stopped by filter. Stones, leaves, etc., etc.

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 03:27 PM

I used a piece of nylon or whatever sock/stocking material folded double. Stops the worst without blocking the air-flow.

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 03:29 PM

think even i can manage that mod... :rolleyes:

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 04:18 PM

I assume it's exactly the same mod on both the NA & VXT ?

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 08:04 PM

I might try this, who knows next I could be fitting whole new suspension kit, if that is what they are called Thanks for that have you ever thought of working for Haynes? Very strange that Vauxhall didn't think of or couldn't afford a pair of old tights

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 08:21 PM

Yes, ridiculous isn't it and even dangerous. I got something in my eye from one of the fascia top vents before I did the filter. Must be worthwhile if even Ricky who is an excess-weight fanatic thought adding the 20 grammes worth of filter justified. :D

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 08:43 PM

I realised someting was up when a large , live bumble bee found his way in. He could barely squeeze through the footwell vent ! I reckon a hungry sparrow could probably get in !

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 09:14 PM

large , live bumble bee found his way in

I did have the thought that getting stung in the face at speed by a wasp or similar was not very conducive to road safety. :blink: That's one of the things that prompted me to do something about it myself.

Unbelievable really in this day and age. Apart from, presumably, the Elise, can there be any other production cars with no filter in the air vents? OK, I don't expect pollen filters, but I do draw the line at bl**dy bumble bees!!! You can take the "pure" driving experience too far. :D

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 09:33 PM

Just imagine the situation as your passenger gasps in awe of your awesome driving ability, only to end up with a bumble bee halfway down their throat :o :beat:

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Posted 10 September 2003 - 01:01 PM

**BUMP** I'm sure there are a number of new owners out there (like myself) who need to do this.....

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Posted 10 September 2003 - 01:07 PM

Purebob - on a similar topic i remember you did a mod to the bottom of the pipe which helped get warm air into the cabin?? Any chance of a piccy?? cheers




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