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#1 OFFLINE   Tom

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 05:34 PM

I opened my hood and was shocked at the amount of tree debris that had accumulated.  Looks like a vacuum cleaner job.  Any better ideas out there?









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#2 OFFLINE   zhackwyatt

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 05:44 PM

Leaf blower.

 

Drive really fast w/ hood open?



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:20 PM

Thanks! 



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:01 PM

  Any better ideas out there?

 

Easy answer:  garage.  :)



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:31 AM

Now I hear leaf / AC fan noise.  Any suggestions about a clean out?



#6 OFFLINE   Plus 3 Golfer

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:48 AM

Clean / replace the cabin air filter which should catch any debris that entered the fresh air intake duct.  Debris should not have entered the blower fan.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:19 PM

Clean / replace the cabin air filter which should catch any debris that entered the fresh air intake duct.  Debris should not have entered the blower fan.

Thanks



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:04 PM

This is a big issue for me.  We have lots of pine and other trees that shed in the spring and fall.  I have noticed that the tree debris gravitates down to where the hood hinges connect to the body.  On the driver side this area is very difficult to clean out.  I can barely fit two finger into this space.  The first time I cleaned it out I used a stick and a vacuum cleaner with the crevice tool attached.  The passenger side is worse - the opening may be smaller and it is partially obstructed by the hose for the windshield washer fluid and the protective covering around the hose.

 

We were just away for a few weeks.  During that time the pines were shedding and it was raining a lot.  My son drove the car twice a week and cleaned out some of the tree debris, but he did not get all the way down by the hinges.  I looked under the hood Thursday and found wet debris on both sides.  The drain opening on the passenger side was blocked so there was wet debris and a small lake full of rainwater.  I brought the car to the dealer yesterday.  They cleaned all the debris out and cleared the drain opening - no charge.

 

This is a design flaw.  There should be a screen to keep debris from getting down by the hinges - or more space to reach in to clean it out. 

 

We have battled these trees for 25+ years.  All previous cars were easier to clean than the C-Max.

 

I will look into screening off the hinge area or getting a partial (back edge of hood to front edge of roof) car cover.

 

I have some photos that I will post soon.



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 09:24 PM

Here are my photos.   Sample of tree debris.  Driver side.  Passenger side (note hose for windshield washer fluid) - it's not clear in the photo but the passenger side debris is sitting in water that can't go down the blocked drain.

 

Attached File  tree debris.JPG   75.99KB   35 downloads

 

Attached File  driver side.JPG   102.31KB   50 downloads

 

Attached File  passenger side.JPG   112.36KB   37 downloads

 

The "drain" appears to be a narrow slit about 1/8 inch (or less) from side-to-side and about 1 inch front to back.  I will see if I can get a picture of the drain.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:08 AM

Easy answer:  garage.   :)

 

Brilliant!   I will set up a PayPal account for you to make a donation to a garage construction fund for Tom and myself. 



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

Brilliant!   I will set up a PayPal account for you to make a donation to a garage construction fund for Tom and myself. 

Hey, I didn't say it would be cheap just easy!   :)

 

Easy, cheap, fast:  you can only pick two.  ;)



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:53 AM

Hey, I didn't say it would be cheap just easy!   :)

 

Easy, cheap, fast:  you can only pick two.  ;)

With the C-Max we can have all three.



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:41 PM

There is yet another factor that also clogs the weep holes: mold.  I was washing my car yesterday after
vacuuming the hood hinge boxes and found that one of the boxes was not draining. Turns out that mold had
built up and dried in it and was blocking the water flow.  Cleaned it out with a long screw driver and then a
pipe cleaner


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