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Question for 'vert owners

So, like the title says, this is for owners of convertibles, or anyone who has knowledge on the subject.

Have you ever gotten water in the car after a rainstorm? I think I did. I was driving my car to work today (it rained all last night) and I heard water swooshing when I went around a turn. I felt the floorboards, nothing. Is there somewhere that water can get in and you can't see it? Thanks for your info.


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mine use to leak in the well cover its behind the back seat.
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mine use to leak in the well cover its behind the back seat.
This is where mine collected before I replaced it. I can't think of anywhere else it could collect and sloosh.

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mine use to leak in the well cover its behind the back seat.
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This is where mine collected before I replaced it. I can't think of anywhere else it could collect and sloosh.
+1 on both of these. Leaks collected on the well liner and sloshed like a bathtub.



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Interesting. Where did it leak in from? Anything that's easily fixable? My top is in good condition.


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check your heater core box drain to make sure it is not plugged. has not happened to me in the mustang but in my jeep if it plugs up, the water from the cowl area fills the heater box and will slosh

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I had to replace my top and rear window last spring, the thing was just that bad.

I can tell you that they are 2 seperate pieces that don't join together. The only seal between them is how tight the pieces are installed. The rear window wraps almost to the side windows, the the top goes over that from the sides to just over the rear window.


I'm at work now but if you want I can link some install instructions when I get home in the morning. They won't help your leak but it'll show you how the 2 sections interact with each other.



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How to Fix a Leak in a 1999 - 2004 Mustang Vert - MustangForums.com

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Symptoms:
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After rain or washing your car, the area behind the back seat has a puddle of water - ever hear a sloshing sound when driving around a corner? - Thats what is causing it. In very heavy rain dampness may also be found on the floor behind the front seats in the back seat foot wells and also in the trunk closest to the passenger compartment.

Cause:
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On either side of the back window, in the bottom corners, one or two wear holes will be present that allow the water to enter from the outside when it is present. The holes are difficult to locate (This is difficult to describe without pictures so have a look at the attached images as you are reading this) -

From the outside- Stand beside the car in front of one of the back wheels, facing the car. If you look at the rear glass you will notice there is a fold of material between you and the glass, slip your hand into it and slide your fingers down into the corner nearest you - feel around and you will find a small how about the size of a pea, possibly larger - that is the culprit. Look at the images below for a shot of where your hand should be.

This is where your hand should be:


This is where the hole is located if you were able to see it from the outside



From the inside- Climb into the back seat facing the back of the car, on one side of the well behind the back seat rest (where the top goes when it is down), pull the curtain/headliner that is attached to the rear corner of the interior of the inside to one side, feel along the fold of material in the interior of the canvas top and you should find the hole in this location. Look the following images for a shot of where the hole I found was.

Here I am pointing at the location of the hole


In the center of this image you can see some frayed material - that is a side view of the hole


A better picture of the hole



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The good news is that there is a cheap and easy way to fix these holes. In the other thread that I mentioned, antiv6 suggested a patch product that looks like it would work really well - if I could go back I would probably just buy that and use it. I fixed it by using stuff in a tube called VLP (see pictures of it attached) - I got it in ACE hardware for around $5 I think - can't quite remember now. I used the VLP and strips of vinyl that I cut off an old computer bag to patch the holes on the inside and the outside (just to be sure). Sticking the patch on the outside was easy because the fold of the top naturally presses the patch into the shape of the top and holds it in place until it is dry. The inside was more difficult however and I used two small pieces of wood top hold the patch over the hole and the attached large spring clips to apply pressure on the pieces of wood. Make sure you dont move the top or expose it to rain for at least 24 hours to let the glue cure. If you don't have an old cavas bag that you can cut up for patches just try to get some flexible material that matches your top as closely as possible - also make sure to use plenty of the glue - I did not spare it.


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You guys were right. Water over the rear axle hump sloshing. Midnight, thanks for that post. Reps will be given to all when I'm not posting from my phone. Thanks again


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I purchased and installed a new canvas top myself. if you have an air compressor and minor mechanical abilities, you can do the job yourself. I was quoted an average of $1650 to replace my top with new canvas and glass w/defroster window. I installed it myself for the cost of the top, $450. You can get a new vinyl for around $300.


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Mine was leaking at the well liner and i use some 3M window sealer around the window and on the inside of the canvas near the window and that stopped it.

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