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Old November 20th, 2004, 09:54 AM   #1
 
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Rear floor water leak cured!!

First of all: This is on a '03 AV6 Coupe.

What's this water leak about?
After long rainy days, I will get my rear passenger floor carpet drenched in rain water.
This happens both on the driver and passenger side.
The leak does not seem to be from the roof or above since my floor mats are not wet ... just the carpet underneath it!

The culprit
Finally after investigating all the leaks I've had (and doing the roof liner stain TSB fix with no avail) .. I caught the culprit in action!
I saw the water leaking from the door running to my rear floor carpet.

The root cause
I believe it is due to the plastic weather cover in the door that I removed once before. It seems that the water somehow got into the door panel trim and then exited from under the trim where the trim meets the door.
This area is inside of the first AND second weather seal, so it can go right into the cabin.

Solution: Short term
I made a water channel in the 2nd (inner) weather seal to allow the water to go out. It seems that the water accumulates right where the 2nd weather seal meets the door and then overflows into the cabin.
The water channel fix was made out of small pieces of 1/8" thick adhesive foam padding. The foam padding makes a slight gap between the 2nd weather seal and the door so water can drain out. See pictures for details.
The little gap doesn't allow wind noise. Our doors have two weather seals.

Results
NO MORE LEAKS!!
I can see trails of water on my door sill from the second water seal going out! This is a good sign that the water channel fix really worked.

Solution: Long term
Dismantle the doors trim and fix the sealing of the plastic weather cover.

Pictures
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ipribadi/album?.dir=b968&

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Old November 20th, 2004, 10:24 AM   #2
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Nice write-up, I'll probably help someone in need of this fix.
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Old November 20th, 2004, 10:53 AM   #3
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nice writeup
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Old November 21st, 2004, 06:14 PM   #4
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Nice write up! I'm going out to the garage right now to investigate this.

P.S. I only have this problem with my passenger side though.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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I know this is an old post...but, anyway to get a link that works for the pictures? Thanks.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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Thanks for the reply ertpecs. I have already replaced the plastic water shield with new ones ($75) and used the Honda spec adhesive. From what he wrote I was thinking he just placed two small strips on the door, with a gap between the two, to push the seal in a little further. Anyway, I was just interested in seeing what he did....just in case.
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Old August 13th, 2013, 02:05 PM   #7
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can anyone share a link that works or can show the pictures. im having the same problem
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Old October 1st, 2013, 11:28 PM   #8
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having the same problem as well. anyone have a pic that works?
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