Bentley GT - Scuttle full of water - anyone else had this?

Bentley GT - Scuttle full of water - anyone else had this?

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Pork

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9,453 posts

216 months

Wednesday 17th February 2010
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Hi,

Unfortunately the search facility is down so can’t see if this has been covered before.

My Bro in law has a Bentley GT which stopped working a couple of weeks back due to a flat battery. He was advised to get the battery changed, which he did do, but it didn’t cure the problem.

Long story short, he was told the scuttle had flooded and that this in turn had caused a short circuit and damaged the wiring loom.

Having been advised by Bentley to make an insurance claim for flood damage, he has done so, had the car uplifted to the dealer and was awaiting an assessor to review the case.

Now, here's where the water gets a bit muddy. When the assessor was assessing, the mechanic mentioned that this is a known problem and they have designed a 'splicing kit' (whatever that may be!) to stop this happening. For whatever reason, this hasn’t been fitted to my B-i-L's car and as the loom is deemed to be a non-serviceable item (should last a lifetime) the insurance has said its Bentley problem to fix, and has closed the claim.

Has anyone else suffered from this? If so, how did you resolve it?

The car is (I’m guessing here) only around 5 years old and does have a full Bentley history, to my knowledge.

Any advice/experiences would be if interest.

Thanks in advance

Woody

awg454

497 posts

198 months

Thursday 18th February 2010
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Hi I have heard of it, a friend had the same issue on a spur fortunately he had warranty and it was sorted by Bentley, I have however since kept a close eye on mine, be interesting to know what the modification is.

Pork

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9,453 posts

216 months

Thursday 18th February 2010
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OK, I'll keep you posted on the outcome.

Doesnt seem to be a common problem based on the responses! smile

2 5HAN

695 posts

213 months

Friday 19th February 2010
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Try talking to a few of the indi's

I have heard of a problem with the Wiring Looms on the GT but it was in the footwell but due to water damage from leaks.


Pork

Original Poster:

9,453 posts

216 months

Saturday 20th February 2010
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2 5HAN said:
Try talking to a few of the indi's

I have heard of a problem with the Wiring Looms on the GT but it was in the footwell but due to water damage from leaks.
OK, thanks.

I think he's done this, but will certainly pass on the tip, ta.

elms

1,925 posts

234 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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Pork said:
Hi,

Unfortunately the search facility is down so can’t see if this has been covered before.

My Bro in law has a Bentley GT which stopped working a couple of weeks back due to a flat battery. He was advised to get the battery changed, which he did do, but it didn’t cure the problem.

Long story short, he was told the scuttle had flooded and that this in turn had caused a short circuit and damaged the wiring loom.

Having been advised by Bentley to make an insurance claim for flood damage, he has done so, had the car uplifted to the dealer and was awaiting an assessor to review the case.

Now, here's where the water gets a bit muddy. When the assessor was assessing, the mechanic mentioned that this is a known problem and they have designed a 'splicing kit' (whatever that may be!) to stop this happening. For whatever reason, this hasn’t been fitted to my B-i-L's car and as the loom is deemed to be a non-serviceable item (should last a lifetime) the insurance has said its Bentley problem to fix, and has closed the claim.

Has anyone else suffered from this? If so, how did you resolve it?

The car is (I’m guessing here) only around 5 years old and does have a full Bentley history, to my knowledge.

Any advice/experiences would be if interest.

Thanks in advance

Woody
Unfortantley quite common on early cars

Pork

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9,453 posts

216 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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elms said:
Unfortantley quite common on early cars
Hi Dion,

Thanks for the reply. I understand this is quite common, but in your experience, whats the resolution? Is it for Bentley to sort(IMO, yes, they should - design fault which has had a 'fix' designed for it) or should my B-i-L brace himself for a £10-20k bill?

Thanks again.

MULLINER

90 posts

175 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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This is a very common issue with GTs the problem relates to a water drain hole not being blown out with an airline at service time. The remedy is to keep the water drain cleared yet its position is above the gear box and awkward to get to and see, check on a regular basis the there is no water ingress in to the area by looking under the black plastic cover on the passinger side. When this area is open if there is water in this area suck it out with a wet&dry Hoover and regularly spray water repellant in to this area to protect the wiring and ECUs that are located here.
Do not be tempted to drill a hole in to the bottom as it will only let the water seep in to the passenger foot well.

Pork

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9,453 posts

216 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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Thanks.

I cant see the everage Bentley owner wet-vaccing out their cars scuttle. Surely Bentley have a better solution to this?

I'm keen to see if anyone has had theirs go wrong and if so, how it was recified?

Thanks again for the reply.

krb981

2 posts

148 months

Wednesday 23rd June 2010
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Common problem due to blocked drainage holes as stated in other posts. Requires part of loom replacing. At a main dealer, the cost will be around £5k.

PremierHomes

21 posts

148 months

Wednesday 23rd June 2010
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Where exactly would you locate this drain as I am going to be purchasing a GT in the next few days hopefully ( fingers crossed) and would like to check this when I get it home.

Thanks