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#1 kop

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 01:07 PM

Last week I took my March 08 titx mondeo to the bodyshop for a small repair on the passenger front door. When I got the car back i noticed a kinda wet smell in the car. Over the course of a few days it seemed to go away.

Ive cleaned my car once since then and not noticed anything out the ordinary. Yesterday I found that the front foot well, drivers side was a bit wet under the mat. It seemed pretty wet but there was no puddle or anything. Anyway last night i put a load of newspaper under the mat to see if it would soak up. Today there doesnt seem to be much water on the paper but the area just below the peedles but above the plastic section of flooring is defo still wet.

Over this week, I am going to try and use a hair dryer to actually get it dry and then monitor it. When the car was in the bodyshop there was a day when it rained constantly for the whole day. Maybe it got some water in it from either people jumping in and out. Anyone else have any ideas?

The last week or so have been very dry and there doesnt appear to be any leaks coming from the underside.

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 06:19 PM

Just a thought....could the air con be leaking into the car once the car is stationary? I think that Ive read something like this before?

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 07:24 AM

I have had this problem - the details were posted on another thread to do with water ingress fromthe tailgate area - if you search for my posts you will find the details.

In my case the water was entering the A Post from the crimped seam on which the rubber door seal fits. Open the drivers door and look at the rubber seal, you will notice a joint in the rubber half way up the A post. Pull off the seal look at the flange on which the seal sits. You will probably see a gap between the crimped metal parts. This needs a finger full of silicone sealant.
Water runs onto the seal at the top of the door and some finds its way into the V shape of the door rubber seal where it pushes onto the flange- especially if it is not pushed hard onto the flange on the windscreen pillar.

The water runs down the inside of the V till it meets the joint in the seal. It is stopped here and its only route out is then to pass into the A post through the gap between the metal panels forming the flange. A dob of sealant makes a simple and permanent cure.

If you pull off the plastic trim cover - a sharp tug pulls it off- and then put your finger behind the carpet and sound proofing on the A Post you will find a stamped hole about 35mm diameter. Put your finger in the hole- you will probably find about 50mm depth of water sitting in the A Post where it sits on the door sill, it builds up here and seeps out into the foot well. Soak it all up with kitchen roll or similar. Job done.
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 12:57 PM

Ok. Ive had a look at the car today. Its extremely wet from the centre working towards the driver side door. I dont think its to do with the door seal. When I took out all of the carpets etc. There is like a drain pipe which runs down the driver side footwell up against the center console area. (but obviously below in the footwell).

This doesnt appear to have been leaking and I fiddled with it.
Ive got a hair dryer on the car at the mo, trying to get some of the water out. That way I can keep an eye on it.

I did have it booked in at Ford but they told me it would cost £55 just for someone to look at it. They say that its interior and coz the car is over a year old isnt covered in the warrenty. Anyone have any ideas on this or the warrenty issue?

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 03:19 PM

Hi, that sounds like the A/C water drain pipe has worked loose, thus it isn't interior but an A/C fault..
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:58 PM

Ok had the car in today at dealer.

They have charged me £55 coz water ingress is only covered in 1st year.

Anyway...its 100% not the air con...all checked and all fine. They have carried out a modification to the seals around the front doors. I dont know what they have done yet, but it involves drilling below the seals to allow any water build up to escape.

They have stated that Ford were aware of this problem and that this was identified in a TSB. I will try and find out the number and confirm tomorrow if I can!!

Hopefully this will sort the problem ive had!

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:31 AM

Hi, if it was the door seals then surely the wetness would have been from them inwards towards the centre console?
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:49 AM

We it was uniformally wet to be fair....

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 11:32 AM

Hi, ah then you confused me "Its extremely wet from the centre working towards the driver side door"...
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 01:29 PM

Ok...it was TSB 59/2008.

It involves putting holes into the door seals on both passenger and drivers front doors. This allows any build up of water to disburse and not enter the cabin!!

Does that make sense to anyone!?