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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:33 pm    Post subject: Cleaning Rads Reply with quote

New to 997's. Got a gen 2. How do you guys clean the debris that collects at the bottom of the rads/condensers? Tried my trusty Dyson V8, but my nozzle is too short Hand
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife has got really skinny long arms so I get her to pick out the debris.
Or you could try a long stick with something soft on the end like an artists paint brush and flick the debris towards the Dyson nozzle. Careful not to damage the radiator veins!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Porkaholic wrote:
My wife has got really skinny long arms so I get her to pick out the debris.
Or you could try a long stick with something soft on the end like an artists paint brush and flick the debris towards the Dyson nozzle. Careful not to damage the radiator veins!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use straws cellotaped to the nozzle. Works a treat
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a bit of a pain but the best way is to take the bumper off. There is a lot of crap that collects out of reach of the ducts (above, below and sandwiched between.)

Worth a deep clean if you don't know when it was last done.
 



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't believe you can do it properly without taking the condenser off. Remove bumper and condenser, clean the area, fit grills to bumper.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:14 am    Post subject: crevasse tool oh err Reply with quote

Hi

As has been said to do it properly taking the bumper off is the best way but it takes some thought and half a day to get it off clean it all up and put it back on properly.

Some rubbish breaks down and gets pushed between the air con rad and the main rad.

If you want to get most of the crap out then if your Dyson or other vacuum cleaner has a narrow ended crevasse tool you can try that. The front plastic slats are fairly flexible.

Alternatively, cut a bit of rigid garden hose and use some decent duct tape to attach it to a narrow ended vacuum cleaner pipe or attachment. Most of the crap will break down and get sucked out and you can get into the corners etc.

Strongly advise that once done you consider fitting some grills as they stop a lot of crap entering including stones that can pinhole a rad.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MisterCorn wrote:
I don't believe you can do it properly without taking the condenser off. Remove bumper and condenser, clean the area
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Agree Well worth the effort!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all for the responses. Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: crevasse tool oh err Reply with quote

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Strongly advise that once done you consider fitting some grills as they stop a lot of crap entering including stones that can pinhole a rad.

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Would love to fit grills but as I understand things, will not be allowed under the approved Porsche Warranty scheme! Dont know
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I laminated some paper at work and used paper clips to reinforce the sheets then made a pipe out of it that fitted into the extension on the Dyson. Worked a treat!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are the new owner of the car, best to take the bumper off and give them a proper clean. Just remember to reconnect the little temperature sensor at the front drivers side air duct. I forgot and had to go through the whole process again!
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with all the above, take it off and don't forget to separate the radiators to get the crap in between.
In my experience grills are not a complete solution, OK for leaves and large stuff but road dust, stones etc still gets in and over time forms a lump of crud which will cause corrosion. This is really a routine maintenance task and doesnt take long with practice!
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having just bought mine I had a day off today... 2 youtube vids later and I've had the complete front end off and cleared out all ducting and both sets of rads... a soft brush and hoover gently tackled it with no probs... had a good nose round too at pipes and wiring, then also cleared the 4 drain holes either side of the battery in the scuttle
Easy job and took me 2.5 hours combined with a sense that I've probably saved myself £200 at an indie to do the job...
Then fitted my new bonnet struts as mine were lazy and my new induction mod...
A satisfying day....
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