Why servicing your Drains is important for your VW/BMW/Audi
WHAT ARE DRAINS/PASSAGES AND WHY DO I NEED THEM CLEANED?
First off lets get the terminology straight. Passages, Ducts, or Drains are interchangeable terms to describe a series of tubes and passages within the frame of your car specifically designed to channel water that lands on your roof and windshield down to the street below.
Cleaning out these passages to keep them free from obstructions and clogs is absolutely essential for keeping your VW in good working order. Falling leaves, flowers, dust, dirty and other objects accumulate in and around these passages over time.
Should any of these passages on your Volkswagen become clogged, water that normally flows down to the street can be redirected to the interior of your car, causing not only a musty wet smell that is unhealthy, but also electrical issues.
The wiring harness on many VW’s is susceptible to corrosion if water is allowed to accumulate within the vehicle.
So as a quick tip from a professional, a few dollars in preventative maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in electrical wiring and computer repairs.
WHERE ARE THE PASSAGES ON MY VEHICLE AND HOW DO I CLEAN THEM?
Passage locations vary on different vehicles, but here are some of the most common areas to find your passages.
- The sun roof. There are two small holes that run from the channel your sunroof moves across down along the pillars of your car to the street below
- Base of the windshield. There is also a major channel at the base of your windshield which redirects all the water from your windshield down away from your engine compartment to the street below.
- By The trunk. Under the seam of your trunk.
- In your engine compartment Under the battery
These passages most often become clogged with leaves and other debris. So if your parking on the street under trees, be vigalent in keeping your passages clean.
It’s important to be delicate while have your passages cleaned. Using too much air pressure can cause the tubes to separate turning a small leak into a large leak. Consider using L&M Foreign Cars. We’ve been providing basic maintenance on Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mini Cooper, Mercedes, Volvo and Porsche for over 45 years. So Call us today! Or schedule and appointment online!