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Old 12-18-2002, 06:58 PM
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water in passenger footwell

1989 mercedes 300e has water collected in passenger side footwell, (under footwell carpet dampener ) has approximately 1 pint of water after heavy rain, drains are cleared, cannot locate source. On dry days still a little damp, anyone with similar problem and solution.
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Old 12-18-2002, 07:46 PM
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I have the exact same problem, among others. I used to think it was a leaking windshield, but now I think it is coming in under the profile strip.
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Old 12-18-2002, 08:13 PM
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Looking for the same leak here on my 88 W124.......
Captn what do you mean by the the profile strip?
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Old 12-18-2002, 08:26 PM
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Profile strips are the molding that start at the bottom of the windshield (wind screen for you overseas chaps ) and fasten to the roof, ending at the top of the rear glass. They snap in through nylon fasteners and can work loose. Look at your profile strips carefully. If they are not firmly anchored in their trough, then that could be the leak source.
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Old 12-18-2002, 08:54 PM
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Found some info on leaks on 124 series, listed as possible source of leaks are clogged drain hose for sunroof, air conditioner drain hose, battery tray rubber washer that holds the tray to body worn allowing water through. Will post finding when source of my leak is found.
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Old 12-18-2002, 09:39 PM
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I have checked my sunroof drain, the AC drain and all the other cowl drains. All were clear. There is no such thing as a "battery tray washer" on the 300E.
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Old 12-18-2002, 10:54 PM
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merc benz w124 shop repair cd indicates cause of water enter legroom of front passenger side usually at fastening bolts of battery frame, and remedy is to replace plastic washer on fastening bolts. will check mine and post findings, This is the only thing I have not check as of date.
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Old 12-19-2002, 12:41 PM
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Please post what you find on the 124s especially. I've got a wagon that has decided to start its own weather system.

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Old 12-19-2002, 01:26 PM
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pull your battery and check for rot. i got a big kick out of the battery/german amps post. you have napa/interstate/delco/diehard rust under the tray. i have had good results with lauderdale battery witn the sonnenschien gel-cel and dry fits. this is where the water is comming from. ya


edit . it could be the ac drain, but i think that is more towards the center of the car on 123's and 124's
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Old 12-30-2002, 02:54 PM
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ac drains were clogged (blowed out with air) battery tray mounting bolts washer replaced. Took car through touchless car wash, no leaks detected, waiting on heavy rain to see if its still ok.
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Old 12-30-2002, 03:10 PM
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If your leaks are not solved by all the above measures, I would bet on the windshield rubber seal. The W123, all W124s I have owned, plus all the W124s my friends have, have had their windshield rubber seal changed at one time or another due to heavy water filtration.

The weather here (pure tropical climate) tends to fry the rubber seal and even the tinniest crack (not seen by the naked eye), tends to filtrate water by the gallons on heavy rain.

The W124s wagons also suffer from this problem on their back side windows and, less frequently, on the rear windshield.

To exchange the windshield rubber seal is not expensive and it really works miracles on curing water filtration. Although, if you use a non-authorized dealer, BE SURE they use the correct glue on the rubber seal. There is a special glue (some peculiar type of cylicone sealant) that MUST be used for Mercedes-Benz cars.

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