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Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:41 pm
by PaulRH
kermit wrote:
PaulRH wrote:
kermit wrote:Thanks Paul for the information. Is it rain going back up or is it just the A/C and raining has nothing to do with the leak?

Kevin
Mine was the AC. The AC drain comes striaght out the firewall, no angle at all and when the water got to the end of the hose, it would travel back on the bottom of the hose to that FOAM groumet that holds the AC drain tube. The foam absorded the water and transfered it into the cab and ran down the firewall to the floor board and drenched the whole floorboard and carpeting.

My mechanic lets me in the shop area. Once when my car was up on his lift, I reached up there and grabbed that foam surronding the drain tube. The foam was ringing wet with the AC drippings. It actually ran down my arm and soaked me. That when he put the extra hose on it. Dry as a bone since.

If you do what I did above and you still get water in the cab, I'd start looking for a leak around the door trim or window.
Just jacked the car up and they head told me they extended the drain charged $150 and than ain't nothing on that drain, foam soaking wet and drained down my arm.

Just use a regular hose clamp and rubber hose?

Kevin
My mechanic just slid the hose on. No clamp. It would be pretty had to tighten anyway were it is. Just find a hose that fits alittle tight. Use a little water in the hose to slide over the AC tube. I can pull mine off with a little effort but it has never fallen off.

See if a garden hose or maybe if you have a old washer hose you have laying around will fit.

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:45 pm
by kermit
BTW: would you fool with FORD and have them fix it or just do it yourself?

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:44 pm
by PaulRH
kermit wrote:BTW: would you fool with FORD and have them fix it or just do it yourself?
I would only bring it to the dealer if it was under warranty. If you have a local mechanic that you trust or one that can be recomended go to them. I could have done what my mechanic did, it just happens I have been going to the same mechanic for the last 32 years and I consider them good friends. He never charged me for what he did. just said there ya go, that should do it.

Try taking a 7" tie wrap and tying it on the AC tube. Water always follow the path of least resistence and should travel down the tie wrap and fall to the ground instead of to the foam gromet.

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:13 pm
by kermit
Thanks for the advice, it is out of warranty now that I am 75500 miles.

1. Bought a 7/16 fuel line (But it did not fit over the drain)
2. So I just went to Lowes got a 5/8 ID 3/4 OD $.51 and a 5/8 hose clamp. I attached about 5 inches and probably could have gotten away with a 1/2 ID.

Here are the pictures...

Before:
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Water on firewall originally.

After:
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Water draining down the hose with the front end jacked up!

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:42 pm
by PaulRH
That should do it. Good Job Kermit.

Just one concern. the clear tube is not really for outdoor use. It might crack or fall apart in about a year or two.

But for now, wait to see if that gets rid of the problem. If it does, start looking for a outdoor rated tube (Black usually means outdoor ot UV rated) Even thought its not in direct sun light, it is still exposed to the eliments.

Paul

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:49 pm
by kermit
Yeah, funny you mentioned it because I thought about the heat from the motor effecting it so I wrapped it in HVAC Aluminium tape so maybe it will hold up longer.

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:06 pm
by vnascone
Just experienced this on my recent purchased '05 SE. Thanks for the pix and write ups. Pulled it up on the ramps and saw the tube as show, I attached 1/2" I.D. black heater hose. Used 1foot length, snug fit, used some silicon lube to help slide the hose on, then just routed it to bottom of car. There was a cross member there with wires or hoses tie wrapped behind, I tie wrapped the end of the hose to one of those tie wraps. Looks good, dribbles condensation out the bottom...Perfect. ..sorry I didn't take pictures.

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:48 am
by tmcalavy
Just started experiencing this on the wife's '06 Montego. Good thread and basic solutions offered here, but for the life of me I can't figure out where the photos were taken...inside the car or outside? Not enough of the surrounding area shown to get me oriented, but greatly appreciate the effort taken to post those photos.

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:33 pm
by tmcalavy
Put the heavy, low 'Tego up in the air today in the garage and crawled under it with a light, from the driver's front wheel side. Geez, what a lousy place to put a drain...but some 5/8 ID hose from Lowe's box store fit right over it. Ran the hose down and tied it in place so gravity will do it's job and carry the condensate away from my driver's side carpet. Two fans on the carpet and pad right now...may be dry in a 3-4 hours hopefully.

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:28 am
by tmcalavy
Well, four days after the drain modification and no damp carpet on the driver's side...plus the Tego leaves a nice puddle of condensate just outside the driver's front wheel so I guess the fix is working. Thanks to all on this board for posting info to help with this problem. Note to Ford: gravity works on the down side of things.

Re: Wet driver's side floor board

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:38 am
by engle70
Did you find the source? I recently noticed that my driver’s side floor is wet after it rains. A couple time, there have been water drops under the light switch. Thanks.
tmswicor wrote:
Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:31 pm
I have this same problem with my 2005 Five Hundred. It is not an AC drain problem. I noticed during a heavy rain event water started pouring out of the plastic molding just under the light switch. I waited for everything to dry out and systematically soaked different parts of the car with a water hose starting at the bottom. I was not able to get any water in the car. I know it happens during rains because I have witnessed the water dripping down. I keep a towel jammed up against the molding and it gets soaked every time it rains. Has anyone come up with a fix for this yet?