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Post by waypoint on 9th March 2010, 4:51 pm

... the damned accumulated dried and dead leaves inside the body panels?!

If left for too long they'll just become compost; rotting and decomposing. And all that moisture is bound to cause corrosion in the long run!

Ideas anyone?

In my case...





The bane of the greenery we have here in rainy tropical Singapore. Ugh!
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Re: How to get rid of...

Post by NiVleK on 9th March 2010, 4:53 pm

High pressure air?
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Post by thinkforte on 9th March 2010, 5:18 pm

Go to any art supplies store at Bras Basah and buy either a small paint brush (plenty of patterns and hardnesses to choose from to suit your needs) and/or a can of compressed air (used for airbrushing). Should be able to get both for less than $20.

I'm sure with a combination of both, your problem can be solved. =)

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Post by dunbother on 9th March 2010, 5:22 pm

compress air is expensive, when u bring ur car to service, inform the person to use compress air to blow out the leave on areas. they will do it and u dont have to spend another amount on the compress air can.
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Post by waypoint on 9th March 2010, 5:23 pm

Thanks a million, guys! Now, where's the nearest hardware shop?!
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Post by thinkforte on 9th March 2010, 5:26 pm

Wah wait until servicing then like waypoint says, all the leaves become compost liao!

One small can of compressed air costs only a few dollars lah... If really that budget then just stick to a paint brush lah. 30 cents can buy liao.

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Post by dunbother on 9th March 2010, 5:41 pm

got challenger member? i think 2 can compress air $12 or somewhere around there. but then again, the can is not really powerful.

anyway find a pointer/long chopstick helps too poke and get it out.
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Post by thinkforte on 9th March 2010, 5:53 pm

For the really kiam siap can go hawker centre, coffeeshop or McDonald's and get a STRAW.

Step 1: Squat down next to door
Step 2: Put straw to mouth
Step 3: Point at offending leaves and dirt
Step 4: BLOW hard
Step 5: Repeat until you happy or turn blue

Note: Do not inhale through straw, lest you choke on leaves and compost and die next to your new ride.

Happy blowing!

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Post by Siaoster on 9th March 2010, 6:00 pm

what about tweezers ?

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Re: How to get rid of...

Post by ace on 9th March 2010, 6:47 pm

I was thinking the same as Siaoster.

Some ideas.
1. A tweezer might do the trick.
2. Or use an ice cream stick with a bit of blue stack at one end and go leave fishing in the car...
3. Or get one of those tyre or ball air pump and blow them out, better than exerting oneself out using straw and lung air....

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Post by purefish on 10th March 2010, 9:50 am

Else blow up a balloon and release the air, strong force of pressure.......
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Re: How to get rid of...

Post by JuanST on 10th March 2010, 9:55 am

vaccum cannot???
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Post by waypoint on 16th March 2010, 6:32 pm

Well, following the advice from fellow members who had contributed here... NONE of it worked. Only the vacuum cleaner option worked with limited success.

What I did at the end was to remove the mud-guard and partially removed the plastic trim inside the wheel arch.

The mother-lode!



So now maybe you guys will understand why I was so uptight about it... The amount of leaves accumulated is only over a period of less than 5-months!

Have you spied yours?

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Post by liplip on 16th March 2010, 6:53 pm

how is that possible! so many leaves !?

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Post by waypoint on 16th March 2010, 6:57 pm

I kid you not... And that is why I was so uptight and paranoid about it.

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Post by liplip on 16th March 2010, 7:00 pm

your kid could be behind it! the horse power needs feeding or sumthink like that.

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Post by ace on 16th March 2010, 7:02 pm

Bro waypoint.....I thought you are referring to a couple of leaves...

But that's an infestation....

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Post by waypoint on 16th March 2010, 7:19 pm

Nah, budding mushroom farmer, LOL!
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Post by kapitan on 16th March 2010, 7:24 pm

My car is seldom parked in the open...... for me I will use water hose, shove it into the corner and turn on the tap.... Thars what I did on the other car.
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Post by waypoint on 16th March 2010, 7:39 pm

Been there, done that. That's what I used to do for my pick-up, too. Didn't work for the Forte...

kapitan wrote:My car is seldom parked in the open...... for me I will use water hose, shove it into the corner and turn on the tap.... Thars what I did on the other car.
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Post by VAG on 16th March 2010, 10:30 pm

I think you should put a mesh above the drain hole, then the leaves won't fall inside.
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Post by waypoint on 16th March 2010, 10:58 pm

I've been 'studying' the drainage system in the front from an open bonnet... Seems there is a bunch of 'tributaries' which end up in two drainage outlets which are located on either side behind the front wheels... Still trying to figure out a solution other than not parking where I'm supposed to. =(

VAG wrote:I think you should put a mesh above the drain hole, then the leaves won't fall inside.
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Post by thinkforte on 17th March 2010, 1:15 pm

Sorry guys, but what drain hole? Where's that?

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Post by FriesL on 17th March 2010, 6:59 pm

good Info!

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Re: How to get rid of...

Post by waypoint on 18th March 2010, 9:04 pm



Location of drainage outlet under the car behind the front wheel arch on either sides.
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Post by thinkforte on 19th March 2010, 11:39 pm

Thanks Waypoint... Still dunno where but will surely check it out when my ride arrives... In May Sad

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