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G Hulse

Mount Holly, NJ

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Jan 9, 2011
 
I have a 2006 Signature Limited Town Car that is an exceptionally clean former rental car. The one problem that I can't resolve is a leak somewhere above the front passenger side foot well. I can't tell if it is the corner of the windshield leaking or the drain below and in front of the windshield. I've cleared the drain and it does drain as long as I clean it out occassionally. The winshield seal looks fine.
I had a friend that had on `03 TC with the same problem. They never did find it, even after several trips to the dealer. It's driving me a little buggy since in a hard rain, the rug in the foot well on the passenger side becomes soaked. My solution to date is to not drive it or leave it out in the rain. Or, if I do, simply dry the rug with a towel and heat lamp. Neither of these solutions are convenient.
I've never thought my problems, car-wise or other-wise in life, were unique. So, I'm thinking there's someone out there whose had similar experiences with this type of leaking. Maybe, they've even solved the problem. If so, I'd really appreciate some advise. Would like to hear from that someone.
Regards. G. Hulse
Todd Cunningham

Falls Church, VA

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Jan 17, 2011
 
Funny thing is I have the same problem in my 2006 Lincoln town car signature. It is the Right Rear Passenger side where the Rug is Soaked. I have been drying it with a towel but that is getting old.
It doesn't smell like antifreeze and the water is cold. I am clueless
nader

Haiku, HI

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Mar 10, 2011
 
very simple repair...water is coming from air vent on passenger side. remove wipers, remove platic and you will see under the part removed a felt gasket..rip it off and apply instead real silicone and apply generously. E mail me with your phone number at nhoville@aol.com
jesse

Clifton Park, NY

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#4
Mar 12, 2011
 
yes,open the hood and remove the black plastic stuff at the base of the windshield.Under there it gets clogged up and water seeps in behind the glove box where the cabin filter is.The other area I had an issue with in the 99 I had before the 06 was the firewall where the hood release goes thru.Water was coming in from there and everything got wet!The under the hood/behind the glovebox issue has been around since the 90's era Lincolns.
thebrush

Toledo, OH

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Mar 14, 2011
 
Todd Cunningham wrote:
Funny thing is I have the same problem in my 2006 Lincoln town car signature. It is the Right Rear Passenger side where the Rug is Soaked. I have been drying it with a towel but that is getting old.
It doesn't smell like antifreeze and the water is cold. I am clueless
I have a 2006 Lincoln Towncar Designer series, with the same problem. Swimming pool in rear passenger floor. Well heres the deal. The water comes in from the front passenger side, and ends up in the back. The front seems fairly dry, but because I park on a slight hill it ends up in the back section. Took the car to an area body shop where they removed the plastic cover near the wiper/firewall area. It was completely pack with needles and leaves from my wife arborvitae. Couldn't be seen by looking.
Had to remove plastic. All the drain areas were completely pack with crap. He could hardly clean them out, pack so much in crap.
Anyway, he did clean them out, put the plastic back on. Never had the problem again. This is something you can do yourself. Do not go to the dealer, as this will go on the carfax; and you'll never be able to trade in your car and get a decent price.
rav

Etobicoke, Canada

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Nov 27, 2011
 
G Hulse wrote:
I have a 2006 Signature Limited Town Car that is an exceptionally clean former rental car. The one problem that I can't resolve is a leak somewhere above the front passenger side foot well. I can't tell if it is the corner of the windshield leaking or the drain below and in front of the windshield. I've cleared the drain and it does drain as long as I clean it out occassionally. The winshield seal looks fine.
I had a friend that had on `03 TC with the same problem. They never did find it, even after several trips to the dealer. It's driving me a little buggy since in a hard rain, the rug in the foot well on the passenger side becomes soaked. My solution to date is to not drive it or leave it out in the rain. Or, if I do, simply dry the rug with a towel and heat lamp. Neither of these solutions are convenient.
I've never thought my problems, car-wise or other-wise in life, were unique. So, I'm thinking there's someone out there whose had similar experiences with this type of leaking. Maybe, they've even solved the problem. If so, I'd really appreciate some advise. Would like to hear from that someone.
Regards. G. Hulse
water seeps in from the air inlet area where the sponge gasket sucks in water from the windshield and drip drops into the front passenger area under the dashboard. Need to remove old gasket and seal with non-sponge material ie silicone. hopefully this is the only spot causing the problem

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Nov 30, 2011
 
Hi,

The problem you describe could be from condensation. On very humid days, I have seen some condensation from auto air conditioners blow through the ducts.
If you run your A/C in the heat/defrost mode (it probably comes on by itself when you run the defroster), that could happen, and the water could be leaking down through the heater vent.
It could be a sign that you're A/C unit is low on refrigerant, in which case, you'd need to get the system serviced.

leaking door seal on the passenger's side could also cause that, but only if it was raining.
If I assume that this is happening when it is not raining, the A/C is the only place water could be coming from.
The only other, remote, possibility is windshield washer fluid, but you would probably notice that by its odor.

Thanks
Mark Nadel

Saint Augustine, FL

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#8
Aug 25, 2012
 
The problem is not anything to do with any of the above. I had the same problem and so have a lot of other people.

Under the hood there is plastic owwling over the top of the air filter intake.

If you take that to cover off you can see a large recessed area (base of the cowling) with a net and vent. There are multiple nuts holding it in.

Remove the lower part of the cowling,

Underneath the lower part is a gasket which has aged and is letting in the water.

Replace the gasket - that is all you need to do but it takes about an hour to take it all to pieces and put it back together again.
Bruce Sheldon

Irving, TX

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Jan 14, 2013
 
nader wrote:
very simple repair...water is coming from air vent on passenger side. remove wipers, remove platic and you will see under the part removed a felt gasket..rip it off and apply instead real silicone and apply generously. E mail me with your phone number at nhoville@aol.com
Thanks so much for the information. You're exactly right, the repair was very simple and inexpensive. When I looked at the felt gasket, it was so brittle and partialy came off. I went to a auto parts store and bought weather stripping ($7.00 ) and I was able to see how it seals the water from entering into the air inlet duct. In Texas we have those very hot days and cold ones too. That would cause the brittle problems with the gasket. I did not realize you were from Hawaii. I'm from Kailua, but have been in Texas for 25 years. Aloha Brah and thanks again...
jesse

East Greenbush, NY

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Feb 5, 2013
 
G Hulse wrote:
I have a 2006 Signature Limited Town Car that is an exceptionally clean former rental car. The one problem that I can't resolve is a leak somewhere above the front passenger side foot well. I can't tell if it is the corner of the windshield leaking or the drain below and in front of the windshield. I've cleared the drain and it does drain as long as I clean it out occassionally. The winshield seal looks fine.
I had a friend that had on `03 TC with the same problem. They never did find it, even after several trips to the dealer. It's driving me a little buggy since in a hard rain, the rug in the foot well on the passenger side becomes soaked. My solution to date is to not drive it or leave it out in the rain. Or, if I do, simply dry the rug with a towel and heat lamp. Neither of these solutions are convenient.
I've never thought my problems, car-wise or other-wise in life, were unique. So, I'm thinking there's someone out there whose had similar experiences with this type of leaking. Maybe, they've even solved the problem. If so, I'd really appreciate some advise. Would like to hear from that someone.
Regards. G. Hulse
Well,my 07 is at the body shop right now.The leak is behind the glove box,under the hood at the base of the windshield.Take the plastic stuff out and clean it up around there then maybe silicone or something. The other place water came in was from the firewall where the hood release cable is.Last,the sunroof drains were plugged.
liza

Towson, MD

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Jun 7, 2013
 
hi i have a 2008 or 2010 mercedes ML-320. it has been raiing pretty decently here and my passangers side rug is completely soaked. i think i found the source of the water and i have a cup thre now to see of it fills up. its right under the glove box. any advice?

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