The telltale signs of a compromised bulkhead are water in the cabin, damp foot wells, musty smelling carpets, erratic electrics and noisy fans – however some cars present no symptoms at all. If your car is suffering any of the ailments listed, the first step is to find out just how deep the problem goes.
Both early and later galvanised cars fall victim to rust within the plenum chamber. The potential for extensive repairs cannot be understated – the bulkhead area really is a car killer. Understanding the condition of your bulkhead is vital to the overall health and value of your car.
The bulkhead is arguably the one area on your car that has the potential to produce the largest bills. Establishing the health of this area or going on to resolve the problem completely creates a good foundation for the future of your car to be built on. A car that presents beautifully can hide a gigantic internal rot problem, and on more than one occasion we have found evidence of poor repair work or blatant attempts to hide an issue. Excessive underseal and black paint cannot stop the water from getting into the car – the only way to approach a bulkhead is methodically and comprehensively.