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Freelander - Water In Passenger Footwell

Bulletin Number - 0007

Issue - 2

Date - 27.01.1999

Model - Freelander

Affected Range - All vehicles with air conditioning prior to VIN XA 636335.

Re-Issue Information - Final VIN added, text and illustrations amended to add cable tie retention for evaporator drain tube.

Problem -

WATER IN PASSENGER FOOTWELL / WATER DROPLETS FROM FACE LEVEL VENTS

Customer may also complain of an unpleasant smell from the air conditioning.

Cause

The following possible conditions and causes have been identified:

1. Evaporator unit drain hose adrift allowing water condensate to collect in footwell. This may also result in condensate being drawn through the evaporator unit and expelled as water droplets from the face level vents when the fan is on high speed.

2. Evaporator unit drain hose one way outlet flap incorrectly positioned so that the end of the hose is not closed. This also may result in condensate being drawn through the evaporator unit and expelled from the face level vents with the fan on high speed. The footwell will be dry.

3. Vehicles prior to VIN WA 607591 only: Evaporator unit drain channel incorrectly formed and blocked. Condensate will collect in the evaporator casing and leak into the footwell.

Action

Check the evaporator drain system for the above conditions and rectify as described.

CONDITION 1:

CONDITION 2:

CONDITION 3:

1. Release the drain hose from the drain channel in the passenger footwell. Obtain a 65mm length of 8mm diameter plastic tube or rod, (e.g: a section of discarded ball point pen). Make a mark 45mm from one end to create a depth gauge, see A in illustration 3 below.

2. Insert the 45mm section of the gauge into the drain channel B. It should be possible to insert the full 45mm into the channel.

NOTE: Owing to the proximity of the bulkhead, some difficulty may be experienced in entering the gauge into the drain channel. This can be overcome if the forward end of the gauge is first entered into the drain hose aperture in the floor covering.

3. If the gauge cannot be inserted to a depth of at least 45mm, the drain channel is incorrectly formed at point C. The evaporator assembly will require replacement.

4. Refer to Workshop Manual repair numbers 82.25.20 / 82.25.01 for repair procedure.

5. Refer to PARTS INFORMATION for details of replacement evaporators.

Parts Information

JQB101360 Evaporator assembly - RHD

JQB101370 Evaporator assembly - LHD

C43640 Cable tie - 2.5 x 100mm or similar

Warranty

Use Complaint Code: 8Q6U

Use S.R.O.:

CONDITION 1:

Modify carpet and fit cable tie to evaporator drain hose - 82.25.89/31

Time allowance: 0.10Hrs

CONDITION 2:

Check evaporator drain hose, reposition flap/remove moulding flash - 82.25.89/32

Time allowance: 0.10Hrs

CONDITION 3:

Check evaporator unit drain channel for obstruction - 82.25.89/33

Time allowance: 0.10Hrs

Evaporator renew - 82.25.20

Time allowance: 3.50Hrs - use together with 82.25.89/33.

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