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    Blocked Ventilation Intake

    Hmm - heater not working as well as it used to. It always used to give a real blast of hot air compared to other cars I've owned. I always replace the cabin filter so it's not that and I've never known the heater to deteriorate on previous cars even at high mileages. There's no leak and the coolant level is normal so shouldn't be an airlock. Then I had a brain wave - where I park at work, the fine needles from a Japanese Larch descend on the car each autumn in unbelievable quantity. Had a look with a torch into the cabin air intake below the windscreen - my goodness, what a pile of leaves and needles!

    What's the best method of removal? Just use a vacuum cleaner with the hose poking into the top of the system? I'd prefer not to have to dismantle the dashboard to get it all out.

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    Wipers off, scuttle cover off, air line is how we do it.
    2003 Skoda Octavia VRS Estate. APR 98RON remap, APR R1 diverter valve, Jetex exhaust, K&N panel filter, 7.5x18 Alutec Monstr wheels with 225/40 18 Uniroyal Rainsport 3 tyres.
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    Thanks Crasher - I reckon it's probably better to take the scuttle off than try to poke a vacuum cleaner nozzle through the gap between it and the wing. I had a quick look and couldn't work out how to get the scuttle off - a quick look on t'interweb - looks like some care needed to prise it out of the groove below the windscreen by pushing it upwards rather than forwards and also care needed not to damage the windscreen when putting an implement under the edge to do the prising. Might give it a go at the weekend when I've got some daylight.

    Scott
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    Yes, I have snapped a few covers and even one cracked the screen on a Passat.
    2003 Skoda Octavia VRS Estate. APR 98RON remap, APR R1 diverter valve, Jetex exhaust, K&N panel filter, 7.5x18 Alutec Monstr wheels with 225/40 18 Uniroyal Rainsport 3 tyres.
    2006 Polo GTI 1.8T, APR 95RON remap
    1988 Golf 2 GTI 16 valve, 2.2 with Weber Alpha injection
    1983 Golf 1 GTI 8 valve, 2 litre with Eurospec racing 42/36 head
    1972 1302LS auto 1641cc conversion

    Vile Invention

    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

    W.H. Auden (1907-1973), A Curse:

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