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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:12 pm    Post subject: What is the reservoir on the driver side floor for? Reply with quote

I know, I know, I need a bentley.

Is this for window washing fluid? I just noticed that there is some moisture under my carpet (only on the drivers side). I can't find any other place where moisture might be coming in. Any chance it would be coming from this reservoir?

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, I guess you haven't run out of windshield washer fluid yet, since that's the reservoir. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that's the washer reservoir. The "moisture" on the driver's side is often brake fluid that has leaked from the clutch or brake hydraulics.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew A. Libby wrote:
Yes, that's the washer reservoir. The "moisture" on the driver's side is often brake fluid that has leaked from the clutch or brake hydraulics.

Andrew


Thanks for the quick responses!

Is there anything that I can do to remedy the moisture? I have been searching for the source but can't find anything. I don't want to start running into mold problems.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew has the best idea of what the "moisture" may be. Is it greasy feeling? Check your hydraulic fluid and see if it is low. If it is, then check both the brake and clutch masters for leakage. Again, if it is, replace the faulty part, get the carpet out of your van andbuy yourself new carpet. Not only will the carpet hold the fluid, but you will track it all over your van. Additionally, hydraulic fluid will eat away the floorboard paint, requiring additional work.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unlikely it's moisture coming from your washer reservoir, doesn't seem like you've filled that anytime lately, snce you didn't know what it was.

If the moisture isn't the hydraulic fluid that would be coming from your brake or clutch reservoir, it could be water leaking around the lower corner of your windshield. Had any rain lately or washed your van? If the seal is leaking around the lower corner of the windshield, it dribbles down the inside of the front sheetmetal, kinda behind the fusebox, and soaks into the carpet.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should we tell him about the oil filler tube while we're at it? Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 9:20 pm    Post subject: That Which Leaks... Reply with quote

Larry Blazer and I share an unprintable opinion about a very bad run of very bad brake light switches on brake and clutch fluid reservoirs of Chinese manufacture. I've had two go bad on me, one with devastating results as I was getting ready to take Winston up into the mountains above Ft. Collins as part of Rocky Mountain Westy's camping trip.

Thank goodness for those big rubber mats in the cab! The hexes hold the gunk and tell me what the problem is the moment I notice it.

One of the first things you learn upon exploring your vanagon is that things are in weird places that make sense upon further reflection.

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hiram6 wrote:

If the moisture isn't the hydraulic fluid that would be coming from your brake or clutch reservoir, it could be water leaking around the lower corner of your windshield. Had any rain lately or washed your van? If the seal is leaking around the lower corner of the windshield, it dribbles down the inside of the front sheetmetal, kinda behind the fusebox, and soaks into the carpet.

Could also be water leaking in through the antenna base...
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Should we tell him about the oil filler tube while we're at it? Wink

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well now you're just taking the fun out of it. Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The moisture under the carpet turned out to be a rust spot under the windshield rubber.
From the outside I didnt see any rust but the wetness continued.

Fast foward a year...I see a small bit of rust on the edge of the window.
As luck would have it my insurance company paid for a new windshield due to a crack. When the old glass and seal were removed.....I saw a much larger area of rust.

A hole about the size of a quarter had grown UNDER and allong the seal.
Only a small 1/8 inch area was showing above the seal but quite a bit under it.

Rust is sneaky and lives in the strangest of areas.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news? At least you found it. They can and forever will be Quirky LiL Bastards....But they just don't make cars like this anymore....

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hiram6 wrote:

If the moisture isn't the hydraulic fluid that would be coming from your brake or clutch reservoir, it could be water leaking around the lower corner of your windshield. Had any rain lately or washed your van? If the seal is leaking around the lower corner of the windshield, it dribbles down the inside of the front sheetmetal, kinda behind the fusebox, and soaks into the carpet.

Could also be water leaking in through the antenna base...
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Should we tell him about the oil filler tube while we're at it? Wink

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Very nicely done.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 11:02 am    Post subject: Re: What is the reservoir on the driver side floor for? Reply with quote

I thought this was where you pour the liquid schwartz Shocked


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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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McVanagon wrote:

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Well now you're just taking the fun out of it. Laughing Laughing


Now you are confusing me, I thought that was the 710 filler tube. d'oh!
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the reservoir on the driver side floor for? Reply with quote

edgood1 wrote:
I thought this was where you pour the liquid schwartz Shocked


Now that is funny. Applause
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean that's not the spittoon????
Man, no wonder my winsheild looks so bad...
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You mean that's not the spittoon????
Man, no wonder my winsheild looks so bad...


And smells like piss too! Razz
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FNGRUVN wrote:
Should we tell him about the oil filler tube while we're at it? Wink


Guess I am not part of the club, I don't have an oil filler tube as I have a tiico engine.

Since I don't use washer fluid, I am thinking of using it as a urinal. No more stopping on those long road trips. Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a serious note, thanks to everyone who gave insight as to where the moisture on the floor might be coming from. I am guessing it probably is a bad seal. I am going to dive into it this weekend and see what I can find out.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1991VanagonCarat wrote:
Guess I am not part of the club, I don't have an oil filler tube as I have a tiico engine.


I thought the Tiico used the diesel vanagon oil pan along with the filler tube or do you have to open the engine lid to add oil? If you don't have any filler tube added, then you can certainly add the diesel vanagon version which does indeed have the tube extension.

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