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---------- > From: Sonny8oy@aol.com > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: El niņo in my Squareback > Date: Thursday, February 19, 1998 8:38 PM > > I've got a major leak in my Squareback (or maybe it's just the major rain > we're having). After being parked in the rain, the area behind the dash fills > with water, and when I move off, turn corners, etc., it comes sploshing onto > my feet. It's obviously not doing the electrics any favours, and it builds up > in the battery tray/rear footwell. I thought it had been coming from the > fresh air grill (and the drainholes therein) being blocked, but after I > cleaned them out, it's as bad as it was. Any ideas as to why this is > happening? > My suggestions: > 1.) Front hood/bonnet seal is pretty perished? > 2.) Front fender/wing beading has seen better days? > 3.) Door seals " ? > 4.) windshield/screen seal " ? > It also seems to be worse when I'm parked facing uphill (on the level), rather > than downhill. > Thanks I fought this battle for a long time before I finally found the problem. Most people will tell you to clear the drain hoses, replace your windshield seal, replace the heater channels, all kinds of stuff. I had the same symptoms and the cause was the rubber seal that goes between the fresh air handler and the body under the dash. Its a bear to get out AND there is no replacement part available. I had to go to a junk yard and take out about 4 or 5 boxes to find a seal that was acceptable and then slobber silicone all over it when I replaced it because even the junk part seal was cracked in some places. Good luck. Steve B.