Found Rubber Flaps by rear wheel well

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  1. czizza

    czizza Veteran Member

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    I was working on the back of my car and I found these two flaps ... I then started pulling shtuff (not misspelled) out of it when I was done this is how much came out of the drivers side.

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    Put the foot in there (size 11) to give you perspective.

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    Yep, factory rocker clean-out cover.
     
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    Yep, dirty lil secret
     
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    You just made your car faster! :D
     
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    Every little bit helps!!
     
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    You were lucky, I pulled out wads of fiber like insulation that was somehow stuffed in there.
     
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    What year car is this off of? Looks different than my 78.
     
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    Those rockers are designed to flow air and rainwater whenever the car is in motion. This keeps them dry and relatively clean. If the drain get plugged up, that's bad. I think it is a good idea to pull the rubber flaps off every few years and flush the rockers with a garden hose. Just remove the plastic grill from the top of the cowl, then shove the hose down the side plenum all the way down to the rocker area. Start slow until water comes out of the drains freely. Two cautions, however: Depending on how fast you run the hose, water may leak out of the door sill pinch weld and run into the interior. Have lots of towels to soak it up before it wets the carpet. Also, the best time to do it is on a hot day, right before a long drive. That way everything can dry out quickly! Sorry this post is so wordy, but I think this is an important and little known maintenance chore that will help our classics last longer. (And be faster, like Twisted said)
     
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    Speeds important ... I will see if I can do that ... I did not know it was connected to the Cowl dump.
     

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