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Old 01-17-2005, 09:17 AM
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Found the source of my water leak (rain water)

When I was installing a new stereo the other weekend, I noticed that the rear passenger side floor pan was starting to rust out. I read up quickly on drain holes and realized the two under the hood near the hinges were plugged. I unplugged them but still had water coming in by the front passenger side floor pan and rolling back. I then did a little more investigating and removed my battery and battery tray. Underneath I found a rust whole and that is exactly where the water is coming in.

I plan on getting some seam sealer to plug the hole. Maybe in the next few weeks I will cut out the floor pan where it is rusted and weld some new sheet metal in to keep the rust from spreading. I need this car to last and I don't have rust anywhere else so I think its worth doing.

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Old 01-17-2005, 09:44 AM
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I'm running the same lake in my passenger wells. Plug yours by all means. I'm still waiting for warmer weather to find the 'plugged drains' up front and thaw out the ice on the floor.

Found Larry Bible's discovery on where the water comes from. Very helpful

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Old 01-17-2005, 09:55 AM
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I'm running the same lake in my passenger wells. Plug yours by all means. I'm still waiting for warmer weather to find the 'plugged drains' up front and thaw out the ice on the floor.

Found Larry Bible's discovery on where the water comes from. Very helpful

dp
An easy way to find the drains by your hood hinges is to look at the plastic piece that lines the inside of your fender well. The rear portion of it will have a bulge (easy to find). Your drain comes out by the bulge. I took out the liner and then cleaned out the drain with a coat hanger. It's hard to find the drain up top if you don't know where it is.

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1987 Porsche 911 Coupe 109,000 (sold)
1998 Mercedes E300 TurboDiesel 147,000 (sold)
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1997 Mercedes E300 Diesel 236,000 (sold)
1995 Ducati 900SS (sold)
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