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tonj, 2.0L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Emeryville, CA, September 21, 2009, 20:48
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I live in UK. Problem is the front passenger (left-hand side) is water logged. It does not appear to be windscreen but nearer to bulk head. Is there a D-I-Y solution.
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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 21, 2009, 23:08
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    Does this Ford have air conditioning, if so I wonder if the vent tube that allows condensation out of the heater core / air conditioning evaporator has inadvertently got knocked off. Take a flash light and look up under the dash for a hose that should push on to a spiggot on the firewall to allow moisture to vent out into the engine compartment.
    It is best to look for water leaks when everything is dry. First is the door seal or door, damaged in anyway? I have seen the seat belt having damaged the door seal on many vehicles. Do the doors close flush with body? Ensure the door seal makes good and uniform contact with the door (particularly important if the vehicle has been involved in an accident. You may need to pull back carpets pull back the carpets and sit inside the car (you may need a flashlight) and get a friend with a garden hose to spray water around the door jams to determine if the water is entering the doorway. Then spray water around the windscreen moving around the circumference of the windscreen. Look around the windscreen area and look up from the floor mat area (as best you can) to determine if water is leaking in around the windscreen seal. Is there any rust around the windscreen area or body work? If you have a sun roof there is a drain tube at each corner of the roof to channel away water. A blocked drain may cause water to fall from the sunroof area Water can also come up through the floor pan as you drive through water on the road, if any rubber bung or “seam sealer” has been disturbed or is missing.

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    tonj, September 22, 2009, 01:16
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    thank you very much for the fast response. information looks good. i will now check it out.

    regards

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    patrick mannion, September 22, 2009, 08:09
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    Let me know what you find. I see you are writing from England. I am from Ireland living in California.

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    tonj, September 25, 2009, 14:52
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    to autotechpat. hi. checked the points you made, these seem ok. this is my daughters car. the problem occurs in really heavy rain. somebody has suggested it may be the plastic plate (where the wiper arms come out) over the pollen filter. this has three pop studs and when they get worn when removing during servicing the seal edge just below windscreen lets by excessive water. what are your thoughts, replace the body trim?

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    tonj, September 25, 2009, 14:52
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    to autotechpat. hi. checked the points you made, these seem ok. this is my daughters car. the problem occurs in really heavy rain. somebody has suggested it may be the plastic plate (where the wiper arms come out) over the pollen filter. this has three pop studs and when they get worn when removing during servicing the seal edge just below windscreen lets by excessive water. what are your thoughts, replace the body trim?

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    patrick mannion, September 25, 2009, 19:16
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    Sorry I haven't any personal experience of such a leak on any Ford Focus here. We are lucky weather wise here in California.

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