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Old 10-02-2018, 02:16 PM   #1
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Blocked Convertible Drain

While trying to clear some debris from the convertible drain on the passenger side (beneath the foam catch basin), I inadvertently pushed it into the drain line itself. Unfortunately, it's a piece of round plastic that's a perfect fit for the drain hole. Needle nose pliers and a shop vac didn't work. I don't believe it can be pushed down all the way through the drain line so the drain line will have to pulled to clean it out.

I understand to remove the drain line, I'll have to access it through the rear tire well and remove the splash guards. Has anyone done this and are there any tips?

Thanks very much!
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Old 10-02-2018, 04:49 PM   #2
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I would think that (with some creative thinking) you should be able to get the piece out without having to remove the entire drain line. Is the piece still visible? If so, there are many things you could do to try and retieve it from the top. If not, what about compressed air (from the bottom) or a thin gauge wire (knotted at the end) to push it from below? If it's broken into pieces, how about using a shop-vac on the top to suck nylon twine from the bottom and then "floss" it out.

The ideas are endless....
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Old 10-02-2018, 04:59 PM   #3
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Here's a pic of the right side drain tube with the splash guard off:

I've done this a few times. Taking the drain line out should be a last resort, unless the foam drip tray around the top is already ruined. With access to the drain, you may be able to work the blockage down to the bottom.
Instead of removing the drain, try:
  • Use a small flexible tube at the tip of your shop vac. I wadded a bunch of duct tape around a scrap piece of tubing to make that work.
  • Poke a long flexible thing up the drain line from the bottom. I have a flexible plastic rod, but a straightened wire clothes hangar may work.
  • Use an air compressor to blow up from the bottom of the drain. Don't have an air compressor? You could use water and a garden hose, but mind the water....
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Old 10-03-2018, 01:18 PM   #4
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Thanks for inspiring me to be more creative. The photo was helpful too. I was able to force the blockage out from the bottom using the flexible sheath from a bicycle cable without removing the wheel or splash guards. Problem solved. Thanks again!
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