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Old 04-18-2015, 02:59 PM   #1
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Leak into the back seat

Alrighty so basically my behind the driver seat the rug and carpet are soaked and every time it rains

I checked the rear drivers side door and noticed these plugs Click image for larger version

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And saw that they were absent in the front doorClick image for larger version

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Could this be the cause of my soaked interior?

Or maybe even these holes causing the issue?
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Any help would be appreciated I'd hate for anything to mold and the smell is just awful
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:02 PM   #2
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It's easy enough to replace the missing front seat plugs, heck, just throw some duct tape over them and see if that makes any difference in the next rain. The hole in the door by the lock isn't likely to contribute, however, a plug is available for that too.

Usually, when rain comes inside, it's due to one of two things. First, there is a sheet foam on each door. If it has holes in it, or has detached from the glue holding it to the door, water will come inside (The German engineering behind this must have been substantial). If you've replaced the window raising/lowering regulator mechanism recently, a door foam issue is probably the cause. Second, the sunroof drains can become clogged, forcing water into the compartment. Do a search as there are posts here talking about how to determine if that's the cause.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:29 PM   #3
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I don't have a sunroof so it's more than likely the doors then?
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:05 PM   #4
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Typically, that's a source of water in the interior. You can put duck tape on the open holes to see if that makes a difference, however, during or after a rain, look carefully between the door and the door panel to see if you can spot water leakage.
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