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    Evening all!

    Perplexed by the fact that my reversing sensors stop working after a bout of heavy rain, i decided to investigate the other night and found water getting in and making it's way down to where my sensor's electrics are located. The point of entry being the radio aerial gasket. I looked about for a replacement but couldn't get any help from any of my local VX dealers, all i got was "Nah mate, it comes as a complete assembly, £35 plus vat mate". Yeah, like i'm going to order one of them for a bit of rubber!?

    I remember seeing a thread on here a while ago, someone else had the same problem, didn't cross my mind until yesterday. Looked it up and this little beauty is what they suggested.... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-Golf-Mk...item53ecc54468

    Ordered it yesterday, arrived this morning, and after a downpour of the biblical sense this evening, i decided to fit it.

    The outer dimension is slightly smaller, but it fits perfect. It needs warming up first in a cup of hot (not boiling) water first so you can manipulate it around the base of the antenna mount, but once it's fitted, it's job done!

    Thought i'd share incase anyone else was in the same boat (may has well have been an ark after the rain we've just had)
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    Thanks for the link there m8 , is it possible for you to post some pics of the item installed,would be good to gauge it against an original item

    regards bob
    Driving vauxhall,s for 30 + years
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    Will do tomorrow, i havn't washed where the old gasket left dirt yet, so it'll give you an idea of the difference, but it's perfect. I got the hose on it after fitting, not a drop made it through

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    Here you go

    Note the dirt ring, thats how big the old gasket was. The old one was perished to hell, nice big split at the front
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    Great fix to what seems to be a common problem of poor appearance or leakage. How big a job is this MrDerv - dropping and the refitting of the headlining looks the difficult part.

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    Piece of cake! All you need is a cloth, and a 17mm ring spanner, and a flathead screwdriver.

    You only need to drop part of the roof liner (no biggie) near the boot door rubber seal, disconnect the blue connector on the wiring (don't worry, it'll be visible), and pop the wire through the ring spanner to get to the base nut. Tricky bit is disconnecting the washer tubing from the base, just needs a good tug.

    The new gasket needs to be placed in hot water to make it more flexible and stretchy before fitting, once it's placed on the base, use a small flathead screwdriver to lever the washer nozzle out of the base, pop the tubing through the base and attach the nozzle to the tube , then clip the nozzle back into the base.

    Refit the base back onto the roof, and job done

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    is that a standard airel , as i need sat nav airel base , could you give me some rough dimensions , and how much the vw will stretch ?

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    Thanks MrDerv - I thought having to drop the liner and then get a decent refit would be a struggle - so that's a great solution. there buddy and a good money saver. Really helpful and thanks for sharing.

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    It;ll only fit the standard Vx antenna Biff, the satnav one wont fit this gasket as far as i know, as the satnav base is bigger.

    The roof liner is a doddle to pull down and refit, there's velcro pads on the roof and the liner that aid refitting. The whole liner doesn't need to be removed, just enough pulled down to get access to the base. Easy Peasy!

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    I have a preface estate with just the standard aerial base and no washer tubing. Had a look this morning - does the plastic trim panel just pull off - then ease down the end of the liner enough to open access to get to the base nut. cheers

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