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Re: Help!! Water!! in rear foot wells! Carpet Remo (archive)

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Posted by roger j on March 11, 2001 at 02:06:24:

In Reply to: Help!! Water!! in rear foot wells! Carpet Removal! posted by pete on March 10, 2001 at 23:17:50:


Okay, I get my car back three weeks ago (after it was in the bodyshop for over 4 months) and as I was vacuuming the car I noticed the rear foot wells were literally SOAKED! I lifted the carpet and was able to squeeze the water from the foam. I noticed a small hole in the passenger side foot well and noticed the foam was dirty in this area. I went to a body shop and had them weld up the hole. However, I don't think this is the culprit for all the water. Also, this would only make the rear passenger side foot well wet, it would not account for the rear driver's side foot well being soaked. I removed all the side panels and the metal is dry. I removed the rear seat and the back rest and noticed the padding under the seat area was a bit damp, but no water pooling. I will try to dry out the carpet and then do the spray hose test and see if there is any water leaks. Is there any areas I should be looking out for?

As I attempted to remove the carpet I noticed the heating vent located on the driver's side of the center hump to contain some anti freeze residue. There is also a bit of green discoloration around the carpet area. The carpet under this area is also a bit oily (like antifreeze). What could be the cause of this?

Finally, I've tried and tried, but have not succeeded in removing the damn carpet. What is located on the center dash in front of the ashtray (just under the radio area). Is this a heater? How do I get the carpet out from under this area? Do I have to remove the whole section? I've already removed the shifter and front and rear ashtray sections, but the carpet seems to be hung up under this "heater" area.

Thanks for any assistance you may have to remedy these problems!

Pete,
Hi, where you able to remove the front consul? if you did just under the heater /ac
unit will be a drain tube that goes straight down to the transmision tunel,that might be the cause of you not being able to full the carpet out.
as far as the anti-freeze the only thing i could think off that would let anti-freeze inside the car would be having a bad heater core. I look
at the etk for the parts breakdown of the heater
core it shows that the inlet and outlet tube is
a one peace molded plastic that incorporate the
water valve,which is then connected to the core
itself. I think your problem is there. May be the
seal between the core and the plubming have deteriorated I douth it if it is the core it self.
removing your heater/ac entail a lot of work.
the evaporator and the heater core is being house in one unit that would mean you have to drop the charge on your AC to remove the housing
out of the car. Just to give you an Idea what it takes first you will have to acess the mounting
that would mean removing the wire harness out
of the way on the fire wall there is an access
door secure by four srew after you remove that cover it will expose the blower motor assy.
If you have a copy of a bentley manual for e-30
325 there is some section there that explain on how to remove the heater/ac if you want a temporary fix so you could drive the car while your working on the this you need to connect the inlet and outlet hose to by pass your heater
core so the coolant will still circulate the engine but you will have no heat inside the car.
Hope this help good luck to you.
RogerJ
BTW dont let this post Intemidate you
you have done most of the work and your allmost there my advice to you is that if you dont need to drive the car now is just take your time.


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