Pud­dle prob­lem

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

▶ When a ve­hi­cle gets booked in to fix a wa­ter leak, the prob­lem is usu­ally due to the cool­ing sys­tem. How­ever, this 2001 Peu­geot 106 had a wa­ter leak from out­side. The prob­lem was so se­vere that the driver’s footwell had a pud­dle deep enough to float a pa­per boat!

With no ap­par­ent loss of coolant, we im­me­di­ately dis­counted the pos­si­bil­ity that the liq­uid was from the cool­ing sys­tem and had en­tered via the heater ma­trix. Open­ing the bon­net, we no­ticed that the front scut­tle panel was full of old and de­cay­ing leaves. It was then only a short step to dis­cov­er­ing that the drains in the front scut­tle were blocked, al­low­ing rain­wa­ter to build up un­til its first exit point was through a grom­met hole in the bulk­head and into the ve­hi­cle.

Rain­wa­ter had over­flowed into the ve­hi­cle, form­ing a large pud­dle in the footwell.

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