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hot air vs cold air coming from under the gear shift console


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When my windows are open a lot of hot air comes from under the middle gear shift console.

When I close my windows the air is cool. Can somebody explain what is happening?

Does it sound familiar to other V8 owners. My previous SE did not have this.

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I'll try.....

When your windows are open and the car is moving a vacuum gets created in the cabin and air is drawn in through any opening it can find to fill the vacuum.

If your rubber gaiter round the gear lever (under the leather) is perished or ripped this is an excellent opening for air to enter the cabin. Obviously the air coming into the cabin has been warmed by the heat of the engine and cooling pipes that run through the chassis.

Sometimes the air might smell of exhaust or fuel fumes, too.

The easy solution is to replace the rubber gaiter.

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