update on cockpit suddenly filled with steam
psdooley at verizon.net
Fri Aug 17 20:28:47 PDT 2012
So that's what the foam rubber lip seal on most VAG products is for..
I really didn't know that.
From: quattro-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:quattro-bounces at audifans.com] On
Behalf Of Huw Powell
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 4:44 PM
To: Cody Forbes
Cc: Bill Pirkle; audi_owners_usa at yahoogroups.com; quattro at audifans.com;
w-t_audifans at yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: update on cockpit suddenly filled with steam
See that white box I am smashing with a crowbar, which is behind the
firewall? That where the fresh air enters the HVAC system. It is drawn
from the high pressure zone at the rear of the hood/front edge of the
windshield. And it is, or should be, sealed off from the engine
This is the case with many if not most cars and trucks.
On 8/16/2012 10:36 PM, Cody Forbes wrote:
> Where's the fresh air intake for the HVAC? It MIGHT be picking up engine
bay steam, but I highly doubt that and think Huw is right.
> -Cody Forbes
> On Aug 16, 2012, at 10:20 PM, Huw Powell <audi at humanspeakers.com> wrote:
>> No, your heater core is also shot. The fresh air inlet is isolated from
the engine compartment (or should be), so that steam can only come from one
place - the heater core.
>> Obviously, yes, you also have other cooling system issues that need to be
>> On 8/16/2012 9:18 PM, Bill Pirkle wrote:
>>> Filled the reservoir with coolant and started to car (85 audi 5000)
>>> When the temp needle was about vertical (about 3 minutes) steam began
>>> to come out of the heater vents.
>>> Shut off the engine and noticed that coolant was leaking on the drive
>>> way. Dripping pretty bad. It empted to reservoir in about 10 minutes
>>> even with the engine not running.
>>> Dripping was just behind the steering but the radiator and reservoir is
>>> toward to front but drops can run all over the engine before they
>>> finally hit the driveway.
>>> So I think that there is a major leak in the cooling system that is a
>>> completely different problem than the leak in the heater core. This
>>> major leak causes the engine to overheat which produces the steam that
>>> comes out of the vents in the cockpit.
>>> Now to find it.
>>> Bill Pirkle KE7JIA
>>> "When ideas fail, words come in handy"
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