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I've had a soggy passenger footwell (UK spec car) for some time now, particularly after it's been raining pretty hard and the car has been parked up.

I've tried everything to cure it - windscreen resealed, drain holes checked and cleared etc.

Well, it rained pretty hard here last night and early this morning, and I don't have a damp footwell this morning!

The solution - turn the fan switch to position number 1, the temp control switch to blue, ie. cold, and the vent control switch to O.

This is the third time now that it's rained for a long time overnight, and the third time that the switches have been in this position, and it's the third time the footwell has been dry!

Not only that, but the missus was complaining of a soggy driver's footwell in her 85 T16s; the same switch position results in the same outcome - a dry footwell in her car.

Don't know what happened in hers this morning though as she don't live here no more...
 

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Interesting! I must try that, having been through all the usual fixes you have tried.....

How should that work anyway?

cheers
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footwell

you sure its not your heater core leaking? To me it sounds like the classic signs!!!
Have a squizz and a check to be sure anyways!
hope that helps
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Does your car have air con by any chance??
Sounds to me like the drain on the air intake is blocked!
The air intake has a rubber drain tube, which exits into the drivers (uk) wheel arch. What tends to happen is the air intake collects leaves and over time this mush gets stuck in the drain tube.
In heavy rain the water pours into the air intake (and should be drained off by this pipe) and this slowly feels up with water, which passes the air filter and dribbles into the system.

On air con cars, switching the control to 0, moves a flap to cover the air intake completely, thus allowing no water in!
On non air con cars the internal system closes the vent flaps to the floor.

Would be a good idea (if you haven't done so already) to check and clean out the air intake and drain pipe.
 

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The air intake has a rubber drain tube, which exits into the drivers (uk) wheel arch. What tends to happen is the air intake collects leaves and over time this mush gets stuck in the drain tube.
In heavy rain the water pours into the air intake (and should be drained off by this pipe) and this slowly feels up with water, which passes the air filter and dribbles into the system.
Not all cars are equiped with this pipe and the plastic 'scoop' that goes with it. Saab introduced this as a modification during the life of the 900 which could also be retrofitted to earlier cars. Strangely I have seen cars built after the mod was produced without it.
 

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It's not coolant - the heater matrix is not leaking.

It's not air-con as I don't have air-con...

As I stated - I only get this water appearing in the passenger footwell after the car has been stood whilst raining...


Thanks for the thoughts though
 

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Hmm I've had a soggy n/s footwell recently too, might try to see what happens. I'm not losing coolant and I have no A/C either, but I usually get to park undercover at night....

>edit :roll: should point out the sogginess came when I couldn't park undercover, now that I can it may not come back so quickly :wink: )

As you've dropped the hint for the second time Stuart (once in the Wolfie thread IIRC?), I hope the domestic situation improves soon.... :roll: :wink:

Can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em.....
 

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I didn't mean that the air con would be leaking..... The 900s with air con have a solenoid that pushes a large flap across the air intake, thus no water intake that way.
All of the 4 cars that I have owned have had the drain tube on the air intake... or air scoop or collector (what ever it is called).
About 4 years ago I had the same issue with a previous car, i.e. water in the passenger foot well. It was a lot of water as well, a good couple of pints. I clean out the air intake and re sealed the screen and this cured the issue.
This car was parked on a gradient in a car park over night, passenger side facing down the gradient. I surmised that any water getting into the air box, would run quickest to that side of the car.
Hope this helps in some way
 

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I had a leak that put about an inch of rain in one of my footwells, also melting snow here in Canada can cause big messes. My solution. Put a few disposable diapersdown on the mess and leave it for a few days with a little weight on it. Those things can absorb a ****load!
 

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Hi Stuart,
I ended up with the same sogg in my black Aero.
I removed the knee bolster (prior to sogg)for other reasons.
The first removal I made involved searching for the
10mm nuts in the engine bay. They were gunked over with waterproof stuff to prevent water entering the cabin.
I replaced everything but didnt seal the nuts. After that the sogg developed.
Just a thought..Check to see if the bolster bolts are covered
with any protection.
Mind you, with your new remedy you shouldn't have to :lol:
 
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