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Old 04-08-2014, 05:42 PM   #1
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Wet rocker panel between weather strips

The rocker panel area of my rear doors between inner and outer weather strips stays wet for days after driving in the rain until I soak it up with a towel. I'm afraid this is asking for rust eventually specially in salty winter weather. Front doors are fine. Anybody else this issue? Not sure why the doors have two weather strips. Seams kind of odd to me.


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Old 04-08-2014, 06:17 PM   #2
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I'd like an answer to this too.

I imagine the dual weatherstripping is to reduce noise getting into the cabin. Every time it rains, once the rain is finished, I'll go around an open all of my doors. That seems to clear out the water much more quickly. I'll tell the dealership about it when I see them next (for leaky valve cover, front end clunk, low coolant again), but we all know what they're going to say.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:11 PM   #3
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According to Ford it's normal, the car was designed to work like that.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:21 AM   #4
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I know this is a bit older of a thread, BUT, this is not normal. It is a problem and my dealer knows of it.
Usually it is the left rear door, which is the door mine was holding water - not just wet, but open the door get your feet wet water.

What is happening, is as water hits the window and outside of the door area there, it runs down past into the inner part of the door (normal), BUT then the water is being redirected off of a piece of metal in the upper left part of the door and being directed onto the plastic covering the door opening. This plastic is not sealed at the bottom of the door so the water comes out from under the plastic then under the door panel and lays between the two weather seals.
To fix, pull the door panel and seal the clear plastic to the door all around, esp. the bottom of the plastic. OR bend or add something to redirect the flow towards the outer skin of the door.

When my dealer pulled of the inner door panel and water tested, they said they instantly saw where the water came from, looked down and noticed the bottom not sealed well and sealed it with dum dum. Has been fine so far.

Hope this helps. My car is a 14 hatch.
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I know this is a bit older of a thread, BUT, this is not normal. It is a problem and my dealer knows of it.
Usually it is the left rear door, which is the door mine was holding water - not just wet, but open the door get your feet wet water.

What is happening, is as water hits the window and outside of the door area there, it runs down past into the inner part of the door (normal), BUT then the water is being redirected off of a piece of metal in the upper left part of the door and being directed onto the plastic covering the door opening. This plastic is not sealed at the bottom of the door so the water comes out from under the plastic then under the door panel and lays between the two weather seals.
To fix, pull the door panel and seal the clear plastic to the door all around, esp. the bottom of the plastic. OR bend or add something to redirect the flow towards the outer skin of the door.

When my dealer pulled of the inner door panel and water tested, they said they instantly saw where the water came from, looked down and noticed the bottom not sealed well and sealed it with dum dum. Has been fine so far.

Hope this helps. My car is a 14 hatch.
So, a known problem with a straightforward assembly solution that has persisted for 3 full model years. Gosh, Ford is really on top of this stuff...
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....What is happening, is as water hits the window and outside of the door area there, it runs down past into the inner part of the door (normal), BUT then the water is being redirected off of a piece of metal in the upper left part of the door and being directed onto the plastic covering the door opening. This plastic is not sealed at the bottom of the door so the water comes out from under the plastic then under the door panel and lays between the two weather seals.
To fix, pull the door panel and seal the clear plastic to the door all around, esp. the bottom of the plastic. OR bend or add something to redirect the flow towards the outer skin of the door.

When my dealer pulled of the inner door panel and water tested, they said they instantly saw where the water came from, looked down and noticed the bottom not sealed well and sealed it with dum dum....
Interesting. Mine is not as bad as yours, but I'll definitely bring it up first time I'm in for service. He'll, maybe I'll just fix it myself with your info.
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Let us know how it works out, my dealer has said they have had to do a few of them.

My door sealed really well, so the water built up and stayed between the two seals. Others may not seal so well on the outer seal and let the puddle drain out a bit.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:42 AM   #8
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Ohoh...I'll have to check mine, I hate rust and we have salt 6 months of the year here in CNY...

I worry about water getting behind/under the black plastic rocker panel covers. It's great that the plastic extends under the doors and higher (only took 20 years for Ford to fix that issue!), but I fear it is still not high/far enough and water will still get under it...and when I open the door and wash the top of the rocker panels, obviously water will run behind the plastic, and sit in there for days on end before it dries.

I am tempted to seal them - either with clear silicone caulk (does silicone cause rust? I thought I read it should not be used on steel) at the top of the rocker covers. Or take them off and put caulking or something (rubber? foam?) under the top lip (let it cure before reinstaling).
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The area I am talking about is the metal part of the rocker - which sits between the two seals (one on the door, the other as you enter the car).

I think the plastic rocker part will get wet no matter what and it is exposed to the outside.

Silicone won't cause rust on that part you are describing.
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Yep, I understood your post but wanted to mention the potential issue on the plastic rocker covers. If water gets in there, it would take many days to dry. My last two Fords severely rusted under the (prior-design) rocker panel covers.

Another issue is that the bottommost lips of the doors is not welded...not on mine anyhow. The lip is folded over (under the door towards the inside of the car) as they always are, but not bent tightly against the inner door, and not welded or sealed...water sits in there! That's the first spot to rust on cars, and they made the problem 10x worse it seems to me.
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