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Old 11th September 2009, 14:37   #1
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Recent rains dumped water in the front and rear floorwells again for my 2002
palio 1.2 (25km)

(this is not the ac drain phenomenon, i checked)

Planning to get the door and window rubber moldings changed.

This is the second time it has happened and drying the car out is pretty
painful.

Does anyone have an estimate for how much it would cost to do such a thing.

Inputs are appreciated.
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Door mouldings are about 450 - 500 Rs. here in Pune (hand them changed because it was torn) - they are imported, because I bought it myself from the store, and it was in original FIAT SPA, Brazil packaging!
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Recent rains dumped water in the front and rear floorwells again for my 2002
palio 1.2 (25km)

(this is not the ac drain phenomenon, i checked)

Planning to get the door and window rubber moldings changed.

This is the second time it has happened and drying the car out is pretty
painful.

Does anyone have an estimate for how much it would cost to do such a thing.

Inputs are appreciated.
Hi Genesis,
My 7 year experience with Palio shows that this most certainly nothing to do with the door and window rubber moulding. For your car to get flooded like that, the door and window seals have to be practically non-existent. I too happened to get this inside flooding of the car and it was a real pain till the real cause was diagnosed.

The real issue I found was blockage of the drain of the water collection/drain compartment. This compartment exists underneath the grills just the front windshield. (The drain of which is different from the AC drain). If the drain is blocked, the water flowing down the front wind shield into this grill accumualtes and then rapidly finds its way inside the cabin.

The drain nozzle (a hard rubber/PVC piece) is just behind the engine and can be accessed with some effort from the engine compartment. It needs to be pulled out, the drain passage cleared and washed down with clean water (for which you may have remove the wipers and the grill), and finally the nozzle cleaned and reinstated.

Since having faced the problem in the first two years, I started the practice of getting this nozzle cleaned every year just before the rains and again once or twice during the rains. Invariably, I found it to be badly blocked with rotten tree leaves etc. (I forgot to do it last year, and the flooding followed).

Try this, and would love to know the feedback.

I wonder what is the design in other cars to avoid this.
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