Water getting in

Started by Jared, October 31, 2023, 16:00

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Hi all, I have some water getting in the car and I'm putting it down to all the heavy rain we have been having but the thing is water is pooling up under the drivers seat at the rear then can move to the front footwell if there is enough of it if left unattended.
My roof does not look the best but I live in south Wales so have been on the phone to the chap in Swansea who has given me a price on a mohair roof and both side bags that when funds are available I will be sorting out with him.
The one thing that is weird is the sides of the carpet are not wet just the floor and I cant see any water in the plastic storage bins behind the seat and my drains don't seem to be blocked.   
The only drips I can see is when I open the door there is some running down the inside of the door by the speaker but that would run off on the outside of the door sill, Has anyone has this happen to them at all.
Cheers guys       


My 2002 car is garaged and has almost never seen the rain in my ownership, but I did find it necessary to replace the very large grommet / steering shaft seal in the footwell bulkhead, it was in tatters, and for sure would have let water in.

Gaz mr-s

The bottom of the drain bags are glued onto the plastic outlet pipe that exits inboard of the side vents.  If you haven't already checked the pipe ends, do that first.  The very end has a plastic x-piece, tug it & it comes off to make cleaning easier.

Sometimes the drain bags just perish with age.  Or they can leak joining the pipe.

If one of the above is the issue, the car should still cope, but probably won't be. 

Underneath the plastic bins is a secondary drain....a round black thing that is actually a short pipe, - but they're very narrow & silt-up & get blocked.  If you have water underneath the bins, get a good pair of pliers & haul the rubber out & throw it away.  The bin area will now properly drain even if you do have a drain bag problem.

Worse news is the underside of the carpet has sound-deadening wadding which really absorbs the water.  Seat out (easier to remove bins anyway) & carpet up with a de-humidifier, or out altogether.  If you don't you'll have serious condensation in the car.

If you're lucky & the area is dry, the window side-seal on the body can cause leaks....google it.


 :) Raymond will get it sorted what is the wait time now some people charge extra for bags to be fitted not sure if Swansea man does or not. :)

i wounded what the going price is now for a new roof from this man is 8) 


Price he quoted me a month or so ago was £400 for the roof and £100 per side for the bags so £600 all in if he re-uses my glass which I am happy for him to do.


I would take out the seats, centre console and bins. I would then clear the drains fully again and dry everything off,then pour water into the bags and feel all around them trying to identify any leaks in the bags. I did this with mine and found that there were a couple of leaks around the back of the bag above the plastic drain fitting. I repaired these with a stormsure kit (a combination of sticky pads and a mastic type paste) which finally cured the water getting into my bins.

You will need to lift up the carpet at the back to see how wet it is under there as said above, the wadding soaks up water and will never dry if left as the carpet is plastic-backed. You can just ditch the wadding or dry out of the car if you need to use the car.
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So it sounds like when I get the roof and side bags done this SHOULD sort itself out?


Big thank you to Jack Smith who sorted out my roof and side bags for me, fab job and great value.
Have not had a chance to see if water is still coming in yet but I'm sure this will have fixed the problem.


 :)  :) well with a new roof and side bags done then you are giving your 2 the best chance of no water leaks and make your 2 fresh looking as well 8)  8)

if you do suffer any more problems that i drought you will then they will defiantly be cheaper to fix :))