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Old July 24th, 2011, 06:59 PM
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1997 SW-An Expensive Rain Guage

I have a serious water leak between where the lower plastic of the dashboard meets the bulkhead. This is where the brake petal opening is at on the bulkhead. The leak is normally 6-8" long. I do not believe it is coming from the vent, but I am ready to buy a scuba suit. I own a few 60ish British convertibles that do not leak this bad.

I need your help and ideas.

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Old July 24th, 2011, 07:18 PM
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Check the gasket on the vent and make sure the vent properly closes, check the gutter on the firewall, make sure the bulkhead grommets are in place and look at the sealing between the brake unit and the bulkhead.
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It's the vent. There really is no other "easy" way for water to get in. Once it comes through it can travel and make it difficult to trace.

As an experiment take some weatherstripping and reinforce the seal on the inside and then re-test with a hose.

Question is "how to fix"........these stupid seals are ill-fitting and difficult to work sometimes.

Would love to hear others experiences and ideas in fixing.
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Question is "how to fix"........these stupid seals are ill-fitting and difficult to work sometimes.
You can go with the older style seals, MUC4299 / Series Vent Seals.
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Old July 24th, 2011, 11:08 PM
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You can go with the older style seals, MUC4299 / Series Vent Seals.
Been there and done that.........helped a lot but didn't completely cure it.
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My truck used to leak when I first got it. Bought the replacement foam seals. Put them on and never opened the vents ever again. So far I've never had a leak since then...
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My'97 was a 2 year old when I bought it. It also had that really neat, foot washing effect in a rain storm. Turned out the leak was in the gasket area between the windshield frame and the bulk-head.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 07:55 AM
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It's the vent. There really is no other "easy" way for water to get in. Once it comes through it can travel and make it difficult to trace.

As an experiment take some weatherstripping and reinforce the seal on the inside and then re-test with a hose.

Question is "how to fix"........these stupid seals are ill-fitting and difficult to work sometimes.

Would love to hear others experiences and ideas in fixing.
What I do is use 3m weatherstrip adhesive ( after a very thorough cleaning) apply it and the gaskets and then make sure the vent flap is fully closed and seated. A lot of these flaps are not adjusted quite right and they absolutely must close fully on to the gasket. Leave them tightly shut for a couple of days in a warm or hot location. Haven't had any leaks.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 10:42 AM
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Another possibility is where the corner of the top meets the windshield frame. Can leak down the A-pillar.
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1997 SW-An Expensive Rain Guage

Thanks for the replys. I re-glued the foam gasket which was loose. I then placed additional material on the inside to force the foam gasket out to the outer diameter of the cover. This has done the job.
I will now have to find another method to measure rain fall!
Thanks for the ideas. I own many British cars and forums like this are of great help.
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