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Old 01-27-2008, 09:21 PM   #1
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My passenger side carpet would get damp during rain and I traced the problem to the seal for the rear of the water deflector in the door panel but I didn't get to it. Last week, the passenger side front carpet got SOAKED! I noticed a drip on the sill below the door speaker. I suspected the seal at the front of the door had gone.

I just took apart the door, removed all the gooey sealant and reassembled with new sealant. The old stuff was clearly not working across most of the bottom of the door. It had gotten dried out or something and wasn't nearly as gooey as the rest of the door. It looks MUCH better now.

The sealant I used is 3M Windo-Weld Ribbon Sealer, PN 08611. I got it at an independent auto parts store (I don't remember the name). I have seen something similar at AutoZone but it wasn't 3M. After seeing the OEM stuff dried up, I wouldn't use anything but 3M though.

Thanks to all that have posted write-ups in the past and/or other great advise (archon, haro, ddalder, etc).

I didn't take pictures because there are already great photos in various threads.


Now it'* time to go after the leak in the trunk. It started a couple weeks ago.
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You might want to consider sealing up the other three doors. My first door leak was the drives rear then the drivers door (after the dealer replaced the regulator). After I fixed that one I noticed water coming in the passenger front after I went through a car wash. I went ahead and pulled the rear passenger at the same time so I wouldn't have to worry about it later. After pulling the panel off I found that the whole seal was loose across the bottom, worse than the other three. Hopefully I won't have a problem anymore

As far as the leak in the trunk pull the trunk liner and the plastic panel out, get in and have someone hose it down. That'* how I found my seal was bad with my first trunk leak.
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You may need to park the car on a angle. With my leak I didn't find it until I backed it in my driveway so that the rear was a little higher than the front.
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so it was the actual door that was leaking?

glad you got it fixed.. never can have enough pics though.. I know you have write-up skills also
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You might want to consider sealing up the other three doors.
Thanks! You're right. I already did the rear passenger side when the regulator broke. The driver side rear will be soon because of the regulator, also. So that leaves the driver'* door. I'll probably do that when I replace the front speakers. . .


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so it was the actual door that was leaking?
The plastic deflector needs to be sealed all around, so that water that finds its way in through the window weatherstripping will be spilled overboard. The worst place for water to get in is at the front of the window by the mirror. The sealant is a kind of "rope caulking" that is applied to the door and the plastic is pressed against it.

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glad you got it fixed.. never can have enough pics though.. I know you have write-up skills also
BUSTED! Yeah, you're right haro, I hadn't looked at it that way. . .

Here'* a write-up by ddalder:

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=79063
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