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W124 estate Footwell wet

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by sheehae1, Sep 23, 2013.

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  1. sheehae1

    sheehae1 New Member

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    Folks,

    does anyone have any issues with water under the drivers and passenger footwell carpets? W124 E220 Estate Auto

    I just happened to lift these up while cleaning and noticed a few cups of water in each footwell and the sponge under the carpet was sodden. There was no sign of any damp on the carpet top though.

    I have stripped out the carpets and hung these out to dry to get water out of sponge, and dried out the footwells.

    Expecting rain later this week, so will see how quickly these flood.

    Just curious if anyone has any ideas of what might be causing this.

    Thanks

    Eamon
     
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    Sunroof drains blocked/rusty?
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    I have the info that you can have on the drains, It is hard to clean the front sun roof drains as the pipes go behind the dash, the heater box could be blocked
     
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    Pretty much any leak can cause this I'd have thought, I've had tailgate seal ingress and boot side window leakage and the water seemed to migrate, sometimes to front footwells. Bolide has mentionned this in posts before now - suspecting water evaporates by day and condenses elsewhere by night.

    Cleaning the drains is definitely a good idea! just wanted to chip in that it might not be the only/main problem.
     
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    On one car I had, the seams in the sills and floor pan leaked as well as the windscreen, the rear screen, the wheel arches and the door seals ! Best thing to do is dry it out then keep an eye on where the water is coming from. On some cars you will never fix this. The 230 seems ok now, once I cleared out the heater box drain, so that is definitely where I would start.
     
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    We have had many post on the rear fixed side windows on the estate where they leak as the metal is rusty.

    Do take up my offer for the water drain paper, it will make your life easier
     
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    This happened to me on both my 124's. The first time I was advised wrongly by the dealer to change the door seal! It turned out to be an accumulation of dead leaves under the top-end of the bonnet that divered the rain water so that it came in through the air intake. Cleaned the leaves out and problem resolved - did take a while to dry out the floor pan carpet and insulating foam.
     
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    Can you send me the instructions for a W203 Estate as well please to jonathan-bell at Hotmail.co.uk as my boot was damp
     
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    There's already multiple online sources for pretty much all the WIS type stuff (and a bunch more) for w124 owners, here's one example http://www.w124performance.com/service/Main.html which being American doesn't include the 4 pot petrol engines but everything else applies including drains...

    http://www.w124performance.com/service/w124CD1/Program/Maintenance/My81/6030.pdf

    As NW_Merc the sketches in WIS papers are often nowhere near as good 'how tos' from people that've done the job and taken pics etc as the former are aimed at experienced [strike]mechanics[/strike] fitters that know what they're doing. The problem with the later is that someone needs to take the time to do them and (generalising) it's relatively rare for someone to post back after fixing their problem let alone take the time to document it to help others and break the vicious circle that results in pages and pages of email address requests clogging up the interweb

    As said water often collects miles away from where it entered the car i.e. wet front footwells could be as simple as some dead leaves blocking the scuttle drains or it could be far more convoluted... if the leak is at the back, say, from the boot side windows there'd usually be other clues like those windows steaming up regularly despite the paddling pool in the front footwells
     
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    Thanks Television, if you can send any info you have that would be great. I'll go through spend some time cleaning drain holes in preparation for winter. eamonsheehan1@hotmail.com
     
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    thanks hotrodder, the info is really helpful.
     
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    All sent and it will be a big help :D
     
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    Unfortunately Malcolm is poorly at the moment, not sure if anyone else can jump in with this info?
     
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    Hope he gets well
     
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    Hi All,

    Forum newbie here, also with lots of water in the passenger footwell of a 1994 W124 estate. Indications seem to be pointing at the heater box drains, and I gathered from previous posts that television has a good document on this. I sent him a private message but have just seen the comment above that he has not been well - I'm sorry to hear that, and hope he is better soon.

    Does anyone else have a copy of his document that they could send on to me? If so let me know and I can send contact details.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Hi Could you put up the info you have for clearing the drain pipes on the W124 sunroof and heater box as my w124 estate has water in the front passenger side footwell and also water in the boot showing its coming from the passenger side rear A pillar.
     

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