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Shrunken engine seal... solutions?

Discussion in 'Engine & Transmission' started by jobell, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    Hey all,

    It seems the seal around Miss D's engine has shrunk slightly and has a little gap, conveniently placed right at the front where it's easiest to get to (she's on her bestest behavior since I've been threatening to sell her). My question for all you clever kombi clogs is ... can I patch this gap with a piece cut from a new seal... or if I'm getting a new seal would it be best to replace it altogether? Can this be done without removing the engine?

    Thanks very much

    Joanne
     
  2. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Please take this in a friendly informative way
    Should read "conveniently placed right at the REAR"

    As John Muir said (Complete Idiot etc etc) "front is front"

    :D
     
  4. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Isn't the first thing you look at 'the front'?:rolleyes:;):p
    If I open the bonnet on most cars I know I'm looking at the front of the engine bay from the front.
    So when I open a Kombi engine bay from the rear ???? I must also be looking at the front of the motor!
    Sorry Barry.......just being cheeky!:D:D
    Must be my feminine side as I knew where Joanne was talking about!:rolleyes: I hope!
     
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  5. Grantus

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    It was the bit right in front of her, .......... wasn't it Jo? ;)
     
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  6. Wayne murray

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    Hi Joanne: I have done both of what has been mentioned complete replacement,but sometimes over the years they do shrink and if the seal is in good nice I have had a spare one that I use to add to the gap, I have also had them been short from new as well depends on where they come from or made. Both solutions work depends on what you have got or got to get:confused:
     
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  7. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    Thanks Wayne. Um... I of course meant at the front of the engine...at least the side that I stare at most often. Going to have to wiggle in for a closer look shortly as I ordered a blaze cut today
     
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  8. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    And if course thanks everyone else. I am going to patch it for now. I kind of think if this one shrunk then the next one might too. I have a feeling we have a spare one... somewhere....
     
  9. cbus

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    Should be able to gain it back by stretching out a bit then glue the ends.
    If join is over the exhaust dont use contact cement as it will reactivate with heat and fail..
    Superglue or sika.
     
  10. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    I'm a whizz with super glue. And duct tape.
     
  11. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Wont ask what the duct tapes for :)

    Superglue and bicarb of soda are good for repairing broken trim .

    Try it on the foam but the foam might be too greasy or absorbent/ foam structure that doesnt exclude the air as required by anaerobic curing glue?
     
  12. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    Damn....you mean I can't just stuff it in there? No fun. I do have a tube of sika that I have yet to crack so maybe I will go to town with that. It doesn't last once opened is my understanding so I have been saving up a few minor repair jobs on my early 70's viscount caravan for such an occasion. Or maybe I was just procrastinating about those jobs too....
     
  13. Grantus

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    Hope you haven't been saving that tube for too long.......:rolleyes:

    They have a shelf life, and go off in the unopened tube as well. :(
     
  14. cbus

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    Yeah. Hard to seal it well enough .
    See how soft the tube is as it also has a shelf life even if unopened.

    Worth cleaning the foam with a bit of solvent ( obviously not with hot exhaust nearby) and squeezing it out with a rag wraped around it to absorb the solvent.
    Allow to air dry for an hr depending on how fast solvent evapourates.
    Try the superglue.
    Nothing lost by attempting
     
  15. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Coming in late on this but had the same issue with Igor's new one - I just lived with it and adjusted it when necessary & as Col posted you can "stretch" it back together ...... work down/up both sides to try and get equal tension and try to get it bunched up more where it joins :cool:
     
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  16. steve_4802

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    Glue sounds tidiest, but an easier alternative can be a single cable tie. After you've pulled the seal back so there is no gap, and it's ideally bunched up a little so will stretch back more slowly, you can use the cable tie like a needle. Feed it through each end and sinch up to lock them together. Like a single stitch in sewing.

    Simple and still a pretty neat alternative to gluing if it's easier.
     
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  17. Wayne murray

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    I know what end you were talking about . Bit like a horse really know what end to feed and what end to^ clean up:confused::eek:
     
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  18. robmich

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    use those little claw things that hold bandages on,the little elastic things they grip it and pull it together
    Rob
     
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  19. Grantus

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    I like that alternative as a solution, and being a mechanical solution, it easier to assess the longevity of the result, rather than wondering if the glue will hold....;)
     
  20. cbus

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    A sawdust wallah who doesnt trust glues ??
     

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