Your Car: Ensure your scuttle drains are clear

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Technical & Discussion

Roughly a year ago I discovered a large amount of water was lying in the foot wells of my car. I had no idea what was causing this.  There were no obvious problems like a leaking radiator. After a long time I finally discovered it was a blocked scuttle, or windscreen, drain. If the scuttle drains block the water can backup and enter the cars interior through the air intakes. It took me along time to get the car dry again as the sound proofing material used under the carpet can absorb a lot of water and is hard to dry.  Therefore it is essential to keep these drains running freely because they are rarely checked or cleaned as part of a car service. What follows is some information and tips on car scuttle drains, with photographs also:

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