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Water in footwell

Post by qwertyjjj » Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:06 pm

After a lot of rain, there was about 3 inches of water in the driver footwell today.
Can this be caused by a blockage? There's 2 areas where leaves and pine needles gather between the bonnet and front window under the wipers. Is that a drainage area?

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Re: Water in footwell

Post by JDS60R » Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:07 pm

Assuming you have a moon roof.
Open it and clean all 4 drains carefully
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Re: Water in footwell

Post by qwertyjjj » Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:26 am

JDS60R wrote:Assuming you have a moon roof.
Open it and clean all 4 drains carefully
I can see 2 drains between the bonnet and windshield.
These were also blocked.
Could that have been the cause? I would have expected excess water there to just flow off the side of the car.

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Re: Water in footwell

Post by vtl » Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:05 am



Another one is under right side support of rear bench.
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Re: Water in footwell

Post by qwertyjjj » Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:21 pm

vtl wrote:

Another one is under right side support of rear bench.
The back seat? :?:
Actually under the seat or in the door...

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Re: Water in footwell

Post by oragex » Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:21 pm

The sunroof drains can be blocked, but I don't see how you'd get 3" of water with the sunroof closed. Or was the sunroof left lifted?

Look at the door rubber seals, all around, it was a somehow common issue. Twist the seals looking for cracks in between the rubber. Also check the horizontal seal outside at the bottom of the door glass along with the drain holes at the bottom of the door. I'd check as well closely around the windshield sealing.

The grid at the bottom of the windshield is not supposed to let water past the firewall.

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Re: Water in footwell

Post by qwertyjjj » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:49 am

oragex wrote:The sunroof drains can be blocked, but I don't see how you'd get 3" of water with the sunroof closed. Or was the sunroof left lifted?

Look at the door rubber seals, all around, it was a somehow common issue. Twist the seals looking for cracks in between the rubber. Also check the horizontal seal outside at the bottom of the door glass along with the drain holes at the bottom of the door. I'd check as well closely around the windshield sealing.

The grid at the bottom of the windshield is not supposed to let water past the firewall.
I'll try those. What I meant is that the grid was blocked with leaves causing water to build up on top of the windshield seal. I could see water dripping from below the steering wheel... just above the plastic above the pedals

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Re: Water in footwell

Post by vtl » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:51 am

You need to reseal your windshield then.
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Re: Water in footwell

Post by JRL » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:52 am

Both areas can be bad
All 4 sunroof drains and the cowl/windshield area and lower windshield molding
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Re: Water in footwell

Post by oragex » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:42 pm

Interestingly, while installing today an amplifier under the passenger seat, I noticed the foam under the passenger carpet was soaked. I haven't yet checked the drivers side. The carpet itself is dry, but the white foam underneath is soaked.

I don't know yet what the exact issue is, I'll will check first the drains under the dash - as explained here
There is also this video talking about the roof drains

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