Water Questions

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Marty_Peters@gillette.com, Aug 16, 2000.

  1. We have a few questions that we are sure many of you have already
    found answers to, such as:

    What is the best way to check for water leaking into the car.

    How can you tell which seals need to be replaced.

    How much water is acceptable.

    Marty & Caryl
    We Swim 2
     
  2. Bill Connelly
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    >
    > What is the best way to check for water leaking into the car.
    >

    On a nice warm day I put the bilge plug in and filled my Amphi up with a
    garden hose with a few inches of water (sloshing around some marine bilge
    cleaner in the process) then came back later to look for wet spots on the
    body and in the driveway. Another test is the old
    pull-out-the-backseat-and-take-her-for-a-swim looksee. Heavily chalking up
    the door-at-door seal, closing, latching, opening and seeing where the
    chalk's missing on the door-at-door seal is another diagnostic method I've
    heard of to rule out door seal leaks is taping up the doors. Then there's
    the old take-a-swim-in-shallow-water-and-open-the-trunk process. Another
    likely favorite leakspot might be the around the jack mounts, where it the
    body can corrode nicely. One can easily peel away the interior siding just
    below the door in the passenger compartment and observe the hull's integrity
    in the drink.

    > How can you tell which seals need to be replaced.
    >

    By the leak's location. When in doubt, renew.

    > How much water is acceptable.
    >

    Some folks run quite happily with the bilge pump switched "ON" spewing out a
    geyser the entire time in the drink. Me? I would find that a wee tad nerve
    racking. More than 30 second's bilging every five minutes or so would send
    me to shore, or maybe a bit more frequently in really choppy conditions.
    Whatever your own predilections, I strongly urge you to install a backup
    bilge pump as described at
    http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/8389/autosploodge.html. The original CAN clog
    or fail. I've seen it happen, and then you're in real trouble.

    ~Bilgemaster~
     
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