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raysfan wrote:Any updates yet? Just wondering how you made out with this.
June 15th, 2020, 1:34 am
June 15th, 2020, 7:31 pm
raysfan wrote:Looks good! I am sure it will accept the tool end. At this point, I would hit that with either some Rustoleum brand "Rusty Metal Primer". These are available everywhere from hardware stores to the big chain auto parts stores. Expect to spend less that $5. It comes in spray can but that would be too much taping off of the areas not to be painted. I would spray some in a throw away plastic or old Big Gulp cup and use a small paint brush to paint it. Or I would paint it with some 'rust converter'.
For that clogged sunroof drain, the easiest way to tackle that is with compressed air. Open the sunroof all the way. The drains are in the corners of the front of the sunroof. Get about 4-6 inches of small vinyl hose or vacuum hose. Stick it in there and with compressed air (finding a source of compressed air is probably the hard part if you don't have a compressor) blow it through.
If the compressed air can't clear it, you are going to have to stick something down there. Much like a 'plumbers snake' goes down a toilet. What is perfect for this is an old speedometer cable. It flexes but it rigid almost like a mini toilet snake. But almost no one has one of these in their tool box unless they used to work on automotive A/C systems. Speedo cables are perfect for unclogging an A/C Evaporator Drain. Never had to worry about puncturing the evap core!
If you can't round up a speedo cable, you can try fishing some mechanics wire down there.
Good luck. PS: Don't use Drain-O!
June 17th, 2020, 10:47 pm
June 19th, 2020, 7:56 pm
raysfan wrote:The 'reformer' spray you have is fine. Just need to get that bare exposed metal protected.
Excellent tip to use trimmer line! It won't scratch the paint. If one gets to aggressive with a speedo cable, it could scratch.
The guys who are blowing out their drains and dislodging the tube are using too much pressure. I was able to clear mine with with my limiter/regulator set to only 15 psi. I may have only had a fragile clog. If that would not have worked, I would have switched to the speedometer cable. I didn't know about the tube dislodging. Good point! I was worried about bursting the tube, never considered it becoming disconnected. If one thinks about a stubborn clog and one is poking at it hard enough, won't that also dislodge the tube? Maybe a speedometer cable with a rough end is the way to go for a stubborn clog. You can twist the cable and let the rough end sort of drill through the clog or break it into small pieces.
Other note regarding drain. Despite me taking good care of my Escape, when the drain got clogged on mine, it took a while before it overflowed enough to get my interior wet enough to notice. So my sunroof glass sat in a pool of water. The front corner of the metal 'cage' that surrounds my glass has a 1 inch long rust bubble at the passenger side front corner. I need to take care of that pronto!!!
June 26th, 2020, 9:45 pm