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Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by blaser24nig, Nov 2, 2012.

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    blaser24nig Senior Member

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    I haven't driven my SL a lot for the past one month, is it normal for SL to have condensation on the inside of the front windscreen then? Is there any solution to this?
     
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    If there is condensation inside then there must be moisture getting in.
    Are the carpets dry? The boot dry?
    Does the SL close it's vents when shut down? If not damp air will make it's way inside.
    Is it parked outside or in a garage?
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    You must remove the rear section of the near side wheel arch liner and clean out the V shaped spout that drain the heater box, cut the flaps off the spout and leave it open.
     
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    It is parked on my drive,
    carpets and boot bone dry,
    I think the vents stay open...
     
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    I am completely useless at diy, could you elaborate please?
     
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    If it clears as soon as the sun gets on it I wouldn't worry too much. Could just be moisture in the air?
     
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    Possibly as it has only done this as the weather got colder.
     
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    The heater box has a drain, if this drain is blocked the water can stay in the box and even spill out into the car with horrible consequences. you could also have wet leaves in the air intake drains in front of the screens., damp rises through the demist vents making the screen mist up. Leaves are blowing around at this time of the year and they cause some problems.

    Many member have had this problem on the 230 and cutting off that spout is the recommended thing.

    It can be done by jacking the near side front and just removing the lower wheel arch liner bolts and you can pull the line in enough to be able to get to the water drain spout
     
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    Some pics may come up on a search with water in a 230 or something like that

    430 is the little drain pip with the spout
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    The air intake in front of the screen has drains 20 and 30
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    Ok, just opened the boot again and the top where the flaps are is very condensed?! a lot of moisture around there. If I clean it will it go away?
     
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    Look under the spare wheel wheel for any sign of water
     
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    I just checked and there is condensation there aswell but only little.
     
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    The sponge around the PSE pump could have soaked up any water, its all a hard question, any metal panels will sweat when it is very cold outside and warmer on the inside. Keep an eye on the carpets passenger side for being damp
     
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    On my SL the carpet was compleatly dry but when I checked underneath the passenger side there was 3 inches of water ! So check under the carpet quick ! I've dried mine out and all seams ok, fingers crossed
    Also follow Televisions post on repairs on the rear window seal, well worth doing and will seal the boot area so no more damp in there
     
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    My carpets are bone dry. And I was under the impression that the because of the way the boot is, that there will be condensation there or I'm I wrong? The wet part of the boot was at the bottom where the flaps are.

    And my car is the facelift model, I thought they were sealed properly?
     
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    The face lift does have self adhesive rubbers, but the ones at the bottom of the C pillars need to be checked, for water runs down the inside of the rubber and under the metal up into the inside of the rubber, then into the boot often going down the cable to the PSE pump
     
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    Thanks Malcolm, Just went outside to check and there is very very little condensation at the bottom of the rear window, rear window, none at the front or front side windows.

    Is this car playing with my feelings?
     
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    This does happen, its a funny time of the year, the air can become so moisture laden, we have had a couple of nights where our windows on the house have misted up on the ouside
     

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