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well i had a shock today, i found a pool of water in my drivers footwell!!

after the real heavy rain we have had for the past 3 days today was sunny and dry, got to work on the car.

opened drivers door and saw the pool, pulled the mat out and there it was, it took using a 500cc oil syringe with a rubber hose on the end to get it out and it took 4 of those to do it! so there was a fair bit of water in there.

now the windscreen was changed before i got the car 2 days prior by rac windscreen repair under the previous owners insurance policy, however it looks like it was not fitted properly, so now i have to get it changed again!.

needless to say i will be on the phone to rac tomorrow with the details and will get the screen replaced by a specialist this time at their expense

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Might not be the windscreen; water can tend to leak in through the door seals. I wouldn't have thought that that much water could get through even a badly bonded windscreen; my beast does tend to leak through the door seal, but since she very rarely sits outside I haven't done anything about it. I know it's the door seal because en route from Boulogne to Paris I ran into the mother of all rainstorms, just at the end of the autoroute. All the traffic STOPPED it was so bad! Never known THAT before....and I got a soggy shoulder from the rain dribbling through the door seal!! It took about 10 minutes before anyone tried to drive off. A bit fraught, but fortunately no collisions.

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I had a similar problem after my '85 turbo had sat on my parent's sloped drive nose up. This was before I'd had my windscreen replaced. I felt around under the dash and tracked down drips from the gubbins up there. The only source I could see was the windscreen wiper point of contact with the bodywork.

Definately wasn't the windscreen or the door so could be another potential source of liquid ice for you to investigate...

Good luck.

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Is the washer nozzle fitted properly? It goes into the passenger compartment above the heater so, it it's loose, water can get through the hole and end up in the footwells.

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sounds like windscreen to me. I had mine repaced a couple of years ago because of a small chip, and insisted the job was done at the factory, did'nt fancy any windsreen company messing with it. A 2 day job took them 2 weeks as there was a flaw with new glass and they wanted it spot on. No worries as they lent me a brand new Elise in gold leaf colours until job was done! Job cost

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im still getting water into my drivers footwell, the plan is to take the drivers seat out and get in the footwell on my back (somehow) and see whats what, anywhere i should look at to see where its comiong in? i need to sort this out so i can get the interior started. im sure its a simple fix, more than likely it a drain pipe, but anywhere else i can look??

thanks

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I to would be interested as to where this could be coming from. I also have water coming into the drivers footwell, but only if the rain is heavy. Someone once told me it could be a bad seal on the windscreen.

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mmmm i had a very similar problem with my car, but the passenger footwell... and it was about an inch deep when i found it <_<

however i dont have any fancy RAC cover... so a strip of insulation tape down the edge of the windscreen seems to have done the trick

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sorry mat i forgot about the old thread i started. head dont work like it used to..

im more inclined now to think its the windscreen thats at issue here, im due at paul mattys shortly so i will have them check it for me.

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There is a tube that drains the base of the cold air intake box at the base of the windshield.. it runs from the box, along the inside corner of the tunnel / footwell, and exits out the floor of the RHS footwell.. if that box is cracked or leaking (which they do) or the tube fitting has come adrift from the box,or the tube not thru the floor.. water will get in. Similarly water can get in if the tube is blocked and a leaky airbox fills with water.

Hope that helps Jan

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This may sound obvious, but:

You have put all the washers back in position when re-attaching the wiper arm, right?

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didnt remove any washers, also there is a tube black vent tube cable tied to my stering wheel just pointing down, could it be that which is letting it in? pic to follow shortly.

ah service manual says thats the footwell duct, doesnt show it well in the manual but it looks like its just a bit of vent pipe pointing down into the footwell. thats all. but thats bone dry so its not that.

i have taken my steering wheel off and managed to contort myself into the footwell on my back but cant see where its coming in. im absolutley stumped on this one.

update: going to put the hose or buckets of water over the top of the car and then look in fotwell.. on my back and see if any comes in.

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right, i put a bucket of water over the top of the roof and let it run and build up, opened the door to see a nice stream of watter running from the wheel well edge by the handbrake it had run down the inside of the door area and pooled in the footwell, now i have removed some of the capping trim for that side and had a look, and im not liking what i see, it would seem the windscreen isnt fitted right in that area, however im not 100% sure until i check again now the capping is to one side. im hoping i can sort it out otherwise seeing as the installation has a guarantee i will call them to correct it.

im going to take pics no will add them soon.

well its not the windscreen, i cleaned the edges up and thats fine, its pooling under the interior door mounting, its only at the bottom of it then running down into the footwell, so i cant see how or where its getting in , the top edges are bone dry, so its getting in at the bottom of it, but i cant see where yet.

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well i think i found where the water was coming in, im not 100% sure so im not going to tempt fate and say where it was etc... i have just applied some sealant and will let it cure for 24hrs then chuck a buclet of water over that area again and see if it pools in the footwell, if it doesnt then alls well and i can finally get on with the interior carpeting.

i hope! <_<:harhar:

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mmmm i had a very similar problem with my car, but the passenger footwell... and it was about an inch deep when i found it :)

however i dont have any fancy RAC cover... so a strip of insulation tape down the edge of the windscreen seems to have done the trick

I would imagine that there are more glamorous fixes than a strip of insulation tape! :thumbup::thumbsup:

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well yes i would have thought so too :thumbsup:

but as it happens..... black car..... black insulation tape..... you can't really tell.

Most people dont notice, and i even have to look (even tho i know its there) to see if it's still attached

Works well :thumbup:

(that was my grandads idea)

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