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Removal Of Top Dash Rail / Broken Fresh Air Duct


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#1 Lenhamracer

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:22 PM

How can I remove the top dash rail on my Mini without removing the front screen?? The fresh air duct is broken and it is a real problem in the winter or when it rains. The screen is always totally misty as the warm air can not flow through the broken duct. I loosened the 4 screws but it is impossible to remove the top rail. Any ideas???

Thank you very much

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#2 wile e coyote

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:48 PM

Best option is to take screen out as you've surmised - may be worth doing regardless as rubber looks old.... but it can be done without by undoing the four nuts holding the top rail on and a bit of very careful prising.....beware that replacement top rails getting very pricey now....

The problem with the venting onto the screen is both that the "y" piece comes loose with age and that air is directed right at the chunky screen seal  this can be alleviated  by bending back the directing tabs a little...

The horrible plastic "y" vents are held on by two crosshead screws from above - again a little tricky to remove with the screen seal in place but rarely tight - once apart if they're mangled as at least one of yours seems to be then it's best to source replacements (beware earlier ones take slimmer hoses than late models) before refitting  it's worth running electrical tape down the seams of and restapling over the top. It's also worth running some more electrical tape round the circular bottom of the "y" to ensure hose gets a tight fit and then cable tie the connection to be sure...

Finally a bit of foam self adhesive domestic door seal  is worth using on the top flat  - once screwed back in all this makes a nice tight almost efficient demister.....


Edited by wile e coyote, 13 February 2020 - 09:48 PM.


#3 Lenhamracer

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 08:42 AM

Thank you very much, I tried to remove it but it was really impossible. So I made a provisional repair to the y piece as I didn‘t want to remove the screen now. I will do may be later this year. It also seems that the plastic y piece is not available any more. I will try to get some 2nd hand ones before removing the Screen.

 

Thank you very much

 

Thomas






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