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Old 06-08-2013, 10:02 PM   #1
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Water staying in Door Sill

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Last night we had a crazy rain storm here in MA and today I went out to my car and just happened to open a rear door. (I usually drive by myself so I only open the drivers door and trunk). When I opened the first rear door a bunch of water came gushing out (it wasn't in the cabin though), other rear door same story, I bet it would have been the case for the front doors as well but I didn't notice it because I was driving it last night and had a passenger in the front seat so we had opened/closed our doors multiple times during the storm.

Has anyone else noticed this on their MK3 Focus? It wouldn't be a real issue but I worry about rust with standing water stuck in the door sills like this... I should also note I did drive the car after the rain and before I opened the rear doors so it wasn't just sitting there.

Anybody had this issue/have a solution? I mean we did have epic amounts of rain during the storm but it didn't seem like the water was gonna come out had I not opened the doors. I also make really careful to avoid large puddles since I don't want to get water into the intake (super cautious I know).

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Old 06-08-2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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There's been discussion about this issue in the past. I don't have the issue, but I believe that some folks found that water was leaking in somewhere at the seal at the top of the rear door frame. Since the doors have multiple seals (on each side of the sill), the water gets between them and doesn't have anywhere to go once it gets in there.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:11 PM   #3
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There's been discussion about this issue in the past. I don't have the issue, but I believe that some folks found that water was leaking in somewhere at the seal at the top of the rear door frame. Since the doors have multiple seals (on each side of the sill), the water gets between them and doesn't have anywhere to go once it gets in there.
Did ford come up with a fix? It seems like they really wanted to keep the water out with the outer seal but it's having a negative effect in this case...
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Same issue here especially after the drenching rain we had last night. I have always had this problem but it was usually a pretty insignificant amount of water from the rear doors, maybe a spoonful or 2. After the rain yesterday though an absolute flood of water poured out, but it was contained to the door sill.

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Did ford come up with a fix? It seems like they really wanted to keep the water out with the outer seal but it's having a negative effect in this case...
Not as far as I know. I don't believe it affects all cars--my car has been in some deluges and it's never happened to me. I wouldn't look at it as a problem of sealing the water in though, rather, keeping it out. IMO, water shouldn't be getting in there in the first place.

Multiple seals like most (all?) cars have today are not just to reduce water intrusion, but also to reduce noise entering the cabin.
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Not as far as I know. I don't believe it affects all cars--my car has been in some deluges and it's never happened to me. I wouldn't look at it as a problem of sealing the water in though, rather, keeping it out. IMO, water shouldn't be getting in there in the first place.

Multiple seals like most (all?) cars have today are not just to reduce water intrusion, but also to reduce noise entering the cabin.
Yea I'm sure I should. I looked at the seals around the door and I wasn't able to find any breaks. Not wanting to tug too hard on the seal I did gently pull on it in most places to see if it was secured to the car properly, as far as I could tell it is...

I'm sure most cars do have double seals now, Maybe even my montero did but if so it was located closer on the door to the other seal because I always had water in the door sills after washing the car (but it would dry out on its own).
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #7
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I have the same problem on the drivers side rear door. Doesn't go into the cabin. I just make sure to open the rear door after each rain event.
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Same issue on both drivers and passenger rear doors. Is this something I should be going to the dealership for?
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I have it most on the front passenger door.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:50 PM   #10
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I've had that issue since day one on the rear doors. But nothing is getting into the cabin, and we get some mega rain here in Florida!
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