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Old 06-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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6968 miles, first issue. Water on passanger floor.

I went on a road trip this past weekend with my girlfriend. We drove down to Louisvile. Car ran great and have no complaints there. On the way home yesterday my girlfriend said her feet were wet. So we get to a rest stop and I take a look. I picked up my floor mats and found a lot of water on the carpet.



I looked and found it coming from the heatercore/evaporator case. I figured the drain was clogged or something and I will look at it when I got to work today (Im a tech at a ford dealer). Well I removed the trim panel and got to the evaporator drain tube. I pulled the drain tube off and about a 1/2 gallon of water came out of the case. I looked at the tubed to see what it was clogged with.



A loose screw that was dropped in the heatercore/evaporator case found its way into the drain tube. I ordered a new drain tube and went to removed the screw from this one and put it back in so any water left will drain out until the new one gets here tomorrow. I went on to clean what I could out of the carpet. After getting the front somewhat dry I found the passenger side rear carpet was soaked worse then the front . It is already starting to smell. So i pulled the passanger side seat out and got that side of the carpet up and used the shop vac to get what I could. Now I have my fan in there drying out the carpet the best it can.



Im going to see how well it dries out and if it smells afterwards, but I have already talked to my service manager about ordering a carpet.

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:03 AM   #2
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Closed garage and a dehumidifier. Or a new carpet. Get it out fast!

'04 Rubicon here. We pulled the carpet when I stalled in 3+ ft of water.

Then we added a snorkel...
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:03 AM   #3
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Wow!

Warranty should cover all of that, but what a PITA. How hard is it to get to the drain tube? Might be something I want to check periodically.

BTW, had an 05 Rubi 6mt for a few years. it was fun
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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Cool! Free spare screw!

Seriously, a major bummer. Way to get to the source of the problem though!
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I haven't found any water in my passenger compartment, but I have yet to see one drop of water underneath the car from condensation. I do live in the desert, but my Silverado drains water from the A/C when it is on. I asked the dealer and they told me it was normal for my car not to drip. I am still concerned, as my last car had a similar problem to yours.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:19 PM   #6
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Wow... not cool, but great post and I hope everything works out.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:22 PM   #7
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I had a similar issue in my previous vehicle, a 2009 Town Car.

After doing some research on Lincoln forums it turns out that this is a common problem with LTC's.

Needless to say I immediately brought it to the dealer who pulled the seats and carpet and dried it out the best they could, though it was at the Ford dealer for close to a week.

Following this incident I was always a little weary and checked the passenger side floor often. This was the only problem I ever had with that ride and I hope to never encounter it again, especially with my new focus, as every so often I would still get a whiff of that "wet carpet" smell; nasty. This was also one of the main reasons I dumped that rig.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:23 PM   #8
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Reminds me of my mercury sable. Any time it rains for a couple days at a time, my passenger floor gets flooded and I cant get it to stop.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:36 PM   #9
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OMG, that's horrible. Is that mildew on the bottom of the pad?? If so, get that new carpet ordered. That smell will always be with you if you put it back down.
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That sucks.

I work at a Toyota dealer, and we've been having similar issues with Corollas and Siennas, and plugged drain hoses.

I'd go ahead and just pull the carpet and replace it. Not worth the headache (literally). Mold/mildew isn't a good thing to be inhaling.
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