Urgent Advise - Interior Carpet Soaked!!!

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  1. 13 Apr 2018 at 8:13 AM #1
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    So, I believe rain water has been leaking into my car though the sunroof, this has now been confirmed as water can been seen dripping down the A pillar.

    I have since discovered a huge amount of water in the rear passenger footwell and I'm seriously concerned about how the water is getting in and what I can do to stop it!

    Drove the car 100 miles yesterday and after my journey I dabbed the carpet to see if was still wet and it was even more wet than at the beginning of the journey!

    Not sure if I'm being paranoid but could there be any way of water getting in from under the car?

    I've not got access to a jack so I can't get under the car to see if any of the under panels have come loose.

    I'm in the Peak District today and it's raining heavily and the hotel carpark where I am staying is beginning to flood so I'm not sure what to do.

    Any advise would be appreciated!
     
  2. 13 Apr 2018 at 8:24 AM #2
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    You need to take the carpet out to dry it properly. Once you get home I would strip out the carpets and find the leak.
     
  3. 13 Apr 2018 at 2:14 PM #3
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    Its likely that a sunroof drain tube is blocked, you may be able to unblock this carefully with some wire etc.

    If it were my car I would cut a large thick plastic bag/bin liner in half and cover the entire sunroof area while the car is parked up. Maybe already too wet but duct tape or trap bag edges in door shut etc.

    When your home maybe rent/buy a small wet vac to get most of the water out, unblock drain tubes and then leave dehumidifier in car for a few days.

    Best option is to take carpet out and store indoors until dry however thats a bit more work!
     
  4. 13 Apr 2018 at 2:15 PM #4
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  5. 13 Apr 2018 at 7:04 PM #5
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    I feel as if the water is definitely coming in from under the car.

    The carpet is definitely going to have to be removed so it can dry out thoroughly - I may have to book it into a body shop because I'm away with work quite a bit so with the weather being crap, I'm not sure I'll have the chance to strip the interior out myself.
     
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    Congrats, water nearly always never gets into cars from the underside unless its standing in a pond :)

    Weather is lovely in London today, wet vac and leave the windows open would probably get you pretty dry.
     
  8. 16 Apr 2018 at 11:19 AM #8
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    Not holding out my hope - the sound deadening under the carpet has acted at a sponge and so far I've removed 5 litres of water :eek:

    Think it's going to have to be a new carpet :mad:
     

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