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  • #31
    Windshield seal? Or... the line to the elephant drain is plugged. My elephant drain was so plugged when I bought my car, the blockage continued into the drain itself.

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    • #32
      well i can stick my finger into the hole. i'll be pulling the access panel for further investigation

      as for the windshield seal, i have no idea how to go about checking that out
      James
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      • #33
        well found it

        water is getting past the 20yr old gasket that seals the heater box to the cowl. i tightened down the four nuts, but i don't think that's going to cut it

        has anyone changed that gasket w/o taking apart the entire dash?
        James
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        • #34
          Did you get this resolved? If so, how did you replace the gasket?

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          • #35
            Ok, here we go.

            I have found multiple spots where water gets into my car, the problem is i dont know how the water gets to those spots.

            1/. I have water leaking from the area where the ac lines enter the cabin, behind the glove box. They show up in the engine bay. I cannot for he life of me figure out how the water gets there, as its under the hood and dry.

            2/. Water dripping down the drivers side corner where the firwall meets the side panel the speakers are on, up under the dash. It looks like the seam sealer on the drivers side heater air inlet ( where the wiper linkage sits) has cracked and split open. Would that be causing water to get in by getting past that seam? Anyone know what is under that seam? There are no rust areas that i can see, and i have everything but the dash out. Fusebox moved also.

            3/. Heavy rains cause water to leak around the heater box gasket as well as the gromet where the heater lines come in. The first one i understand, as the gasket is original and 24 years old. Has anyone succesfully sealed it up or replaced it without pulling the dash?

            The leak on the grommet makes no sense to me as i also comes through the engine bay and is dry on that side. Only thing i can think of is that seam in #2 is dripping into a channel below it and these wires/ac lines/ heater lines run through his channel? I have never had the hoses or ac lines etc removed so i have not visibly seen if there is actually anothe void in there. Anyone know for sure? Jake? Your car is stripped right now right?.............Gulp.......help.

            Thanks for reading if you got this far, and i hope you can help.

            Cheers
            todd

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            • #36
              Anyone have any ideas?

              It seems like the water goes out the sides of the air inlets to the fan, then somehow gets back inside via the Ac lines.
              Does anyone have a pic with the front fenders removed to see if there are any channels back in.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Todd black 88 View Post
                Anyone have any ideas?

                It seems like the water goes out the sides of the air inlets to the fan, then somehow gets back inside via the Ac lines.
                Does anyone have a pic with the front fenders removed to see if there are any channels back in.

                Anyone have an idea? The water that drains into the fender area somehow finds its way back into the car up high under the dash, on both sides. Anyone had a similar issue?

                Gulp....help

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                • #38
                  Firewall. The water gets into the blower vents and the seam sealer has given way, causing rust through the firewall into the interior of the car. You have to look behind the wire loom below the dash. This area was completely rusted out on my car. Had to replace the firewall along with a lot of other rust areas on the car. Sorry to hear about this, it's a lot of work but it needs immediate attention.
                  Several E30 M3's.

                  More than I need but not as many as I want....

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                  • #39
                    I have pulled the entire interior, except the dash, and there is zero rust anywhere visible. I have pulled the fuse box and the firewall sound deadening and all is clean there also. Drivers side appears to be coming from a seam where the side of the car meets the firewall.

                    If i flood the vents and let the water stand in there by blocking the drains, nothing leaks. It only leaks when it drains out the sides.

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