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Old 10-25-2005, 10:33 AM
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Help Im drowning!!!

Every time it rains I get about 2" of water in the floorboards behind the drivers seat of my 85 300TDT wagon. I used silicone sealer around the front window to no avail. I have no idea where this water is comming from. At one time it used to drip onto the emergency brake pedal, however that seems to have stopped. I'm tired of bailing out the back seat. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 10-25-2005, 11:25 AM
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Have you checked the drains on the bottoms of your passenger doors ?
Do you have a sun roof ?
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:41 PM
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I had a bad leak. It turned out to be the cowls were the hood springs fit in. There's a drain hole on the side towards the engine bay that gets plugged.

I actually tested it and saw it in action. After cleaning the hole (which was plugged with leaves and other debri) with some 18 guage picture hanging wire I had laying around, I plugged it with a latex glove using a screwdriver to stuff it in. I then filled the cowl until water started entering the top two holes on the side of the cowl facing the fender. About 20 seconds later I could see water streaming onto the rear floor panel (I removed all the floor carpet pads to see this).

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P.S. I'll take some pictures this weekend and show what I did.
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:17 PM
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string trimmer line is a good material for cleaning drains.....Now back to your local programming...
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:49 PM
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I do have a sunroof, but I'm not sure what to look for. I'm going to check under the hood also for the mentioned drains.
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Old 10-25-2005, 03:17 PM
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At first I couldn't find them (the drains), but they are there. You'll see one on the bottom in each cowl (the ones you want to drain) and two on the top of each cowl (the ones you don't want to drain).

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Old 10-25-2005, 08:25 PM
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The drain by the hood spring was blocked. I'll await the next soaking and see. Thanks to all for your advice..
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Old 10-25-2005, 08:41 PM
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Please post if it works or not.

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Old 10-25-2005, 08:46 PM
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having been driving

123 s for almost 20 years now i am delighted to learn this important tip. i bet there are a lot of 123s out there with rotten floors because this was undiscovered.

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Old 10-25-2005, 08:55 PM
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Note:

Try to avoid using silicone sealants (or silicone itself) to plug up joints or seal places in a STEEL automobile. The oxides given off from the silicone will cause rust to form wherever it is touching the metal.

It is not as bad on painted metal but it would be best to go with a different product (like a nice black urathane sealant).

Others will probably chime in as well

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