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#1 (permalink) Old 08-14-2005, 01:17 PM
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Hey guys, It been raining here where i live for the past couple days now and ive relised that there is water dripping in my car on the drivers side by the top of the A-pillar. I took off the A-piller and looked and there doesnt seem to be anything there to cause a leak, I look on the outside part of the car and its just metal there... does anyone else have this problem, and if so how did u fix it? SHould I just replace the whole weather stripping around the door maybe??????

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#2 (permalink) Old 08-14-2005, 11:13 PM
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I have a 95 318is an have the same problems.Bout everytime it rains my driverside floor board gets wet.
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mines a 96 318is ...anyone know how to fix this???
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Silicone! Lots and Lots of Silicone!

I don't really know, I also have a 318is but no leaking problems for me. I can only guess you either have a small gap where the windshield is or maybe through the sunroof? On a dry day try pour water on random places and see if it's getting in.


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Originally posted by Bimrboy@Aug 14 2005, 12:17 PM
Hey guys, It been raining here where i live for the past couple days now and ive relised that there is water dripping in my car on the drivers side by the top of the A-pillar. I took off the A-piller and looked and there doesnt seem to be anything there to cause a leak, I look on the outside part of the car and its just metal there... does anyone else have this problem, and if so how did u fix it? SHould I just replace the whole weather stripping around the door maybe??????

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For the leak, there could be several reason, but i will tell you the two most common reasons.

first, the sunroof drain passages are clogged with crap. If you open the sunrrof you will see, at the corners, little hole to where the water is supposed to drain, well this holes tend to get very clogged with time if you dont make sure crap does not fall there. to fix it i would recommed to use compresed air to blow the dirt out. keep in mind that there is four drain passages, two at the front, wicht you see with the roof open and two at the rear at the end of the cassete, those you wont see and they normaly dont get clogged.

Second. You windshiled got replaced by such a crappy windshiled replacement company and they did a horrible job on appliyng the new seal. But at it coul dbe that the factory seal got unglued because of age.

Anyway get a friend, a hose and lots of water. Sit inside of the car, pull the interior trims out and then ask your friend to dump the water, most likely youll see it fast..

This is a begiining point. If this wont help there is also one last place to look whict i just remembered,
Under the bottom of the front windshield the ac blower motor sits together with the windshield wiper motor, they are inside a compartment that has two drains to drain water out.; It is possible that with age dirt clogged those passages and then water is accumulating into such a point that is making its way past the blower housing into the car. But this would ony make the carpet and the areas around the ac wet. So if the water comes from the pillars, roof, then go with the two first causes..


anyway hope this helps.
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Thank you very much for that reply, I will check that out tomorrow morning and keep u posted
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I'm getting this same problem but I noticed when I got my car back from paint the moon roof does not have a seal. I notice that when it rained a lot I would get water dripping rite from were the controls are for the moon roof, then my Driver Side floor would be soaked. I'm gonna get that seal this week. Hopefully that resolves that.
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An autobody repair trick is to sprinkle talcum powder in the area of the leak. From inside the car direct compressed air at the suspected leak area and have a friend watch for where the talcum powder puffs up.
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^^ Now that's a tip. Never heard that one. Thanks for passing it along.

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i have the same problem. i blame it on faulty weatherstripping or sealing or something. when it was raining outside before i looked at the gap where the side stripping meets the top strip and saw a few bubbles popping up. so that's where it was getting in.

but im pretty sure its not the sunroof or anything else because the a pillar is the only thing that gets wet
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Mine is pooling water in front of the back seats on both sides. Any ideas??
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hmm this sounds exactly what i had when i first got my heap of shit car

the problem wasn't pretty so i hope this isn't the case for you but sounds like it might be, the only difference was that mine was on the passenger side A pillar. i also thought it might be the sunroof drainage pipes (which do go through the A pillar) but they were soon eliminated from the problem list. just poor some water around the sunroof (while open so be careful), and watch the water drip out the bottom of the car, hard to explain where, but they pop out straight between the bottom of the door (the hinges side) and the fender.

in my case this was the problem:




it was all fixed in the end, but the windshield had to be taken out and stuff. but in my car you could see a bit of outside damage on top of the windshield, the rubber stripping was lifted up slightly.

anyway this was her in surgery:



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Mine is a convertrible. and was your leak in the back seat? i have had the windshield replaced and it leaked before and after
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