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Water In Footwell...again!


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#21 tony77

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 07:23 PM

Hi
this is my second galaxy and the fist time i've had this problem on the passenger footwell check the back screen wash hose and it not that,
were can the pollen filter and drain holes be found?
thanks

#22 vr6 rocks

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 09:50 PM

Had the same problem with my galaxy and ect

#23 azzbamf

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:40 AM

I had the same prob with mine about 4 yrs ago all the windows going down and loads of water in the front mainly on the passenger side and to add all the locks locking and unlocking.Searching for the problem i could see that water was coming from underneath the glove box, after about the third time it flooding, the CU board or whatever its called under the unlockable panel on the passengers side helps if you slide the seat forward was bubbling in its own little broth anyway after much worry and torment found out that it was the blocked drain under the drivers wind screen wiper motor arm i found by turning the wipers on and then cutting power when the winderwipers were upright it allowed easier access to the stick that had blocked the drainage hole and loads of leaves. The CU unit has now got a fault were if i leave it plugged in to its multipin socket when i lock the car up the interior light never switches of so i just leave it unplugged and lock all the doors manually and do with out the interiour light i can switch them on manually if needed i have heard of ford dealerships charging silly prices for finding the fault of the dreaded water leak and they know what it is and will charge you for your ignorance the rotten instead of saying there liable to blocking because we only put the tiniest of holes for your water to run down. hope this helps somebody because i can remember how i felt.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 11:37 AM

Can I be unlucky again? Previously owned a Gal, had water in the Drivers footwell, unable to trace. Took a chance and had a new windscreen fitted, and it solved the prob. Bought a newer Gal and after heavy rain, same problem! Surely not again? Checked usuals, others problems seem to be on passenger side?Any ideas??

hi, iam a new one on here i have the same problem with my 2.9 ghia petrol s reg did you find out what it was thanks bill

#25 carper

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 09:15 PM

Did you ever get to the bottom of this ??

#26 novoman01

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 04:47 PM

Can I be unlucky again? Previously owned a Gal, had water in the Drivers footwell, unable to trace. Took a chance and had a new windscreen fitted, and it solved the prob. Bought a newer Gal and after heavy rain, same problem! Surely not again? Checked usuals, others problems seem to be on passenger side?Any ideas??

Hi have come across the same problem in driver well on diesel model 1999 vehicle and was told that I should replace the wind screen, not a solution. A friend who has a Fords workshop manual tells me that the pollen filter needs to be moved (on petrol models there are some other bits that also have to be repositioned) it's a design problem with the way the air and moisture pass around the system. Fords have the solution so one would expect that all dealers would know how to tackle the problem! Please see my posting, I'm looking to see if anyone has managed to get ford to fund the work!

#27 Bjorn-H-J

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 10:57 PM

I also had water in the passenger footwell from a detached screenwash pipe.

The rear screen wash comes apart if you dont use enough screen wash in winter to prevent the pipes freezing.



Be aware the water in the footwell may sneak in under the passenger seat and into the well under the seat. In that well you have your electronic module to handle central locking. This may get damaged by water, so wrap the module into a waterproof plastic bag to avoid damaging the module.

#28 Daveo

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 06:52 PM

I also had water in the passenger footwell from a detached screenwash pipe.

The rear screen wash comes apart if you dont use enough screen wash in winter to prevent the pipes freezing.


I had the 'water-in-the-footwells’ problem twice on our Galaxy (a P reg), once each side for two different reasons.

On the drivers side, water was seeping in through a (manufactured) hole in the strut, beneath the plastic sealing strip that runs down the edge of the windscreen and meets the plastic cover around the bottom of the wiper. I lifted both bits of trim out, used some gutter sealant (permanently flexible but very sticky) to seal up the holes (which ford had only closed with a rapidly perishing WHITE rubber bung), and presto!...that was the problem solved on that side. It hasn’t returned since.

On the passenger side the problem was drain holes bunged up because, unlike the terribly technical piece of plastic that is commonly put in the top of household down pipes and other important draining-like-things, this hole is perfectly sized and positioned to be blocked by the first leaf that lodges there and there has been no attempt to prevent it from blocking. Also, it’s notable that the drain hole is almost completely inaccessible on the passenger side due to the proximity of the pollen filter.
SOooo, I bought two small baby-bottle cleaning brushes with longish handles and have lodged them in the holes. Now all I have to do to clear the holes every once in a while is to grab the reachable handle of the bottle brush and give it a jiggle! Isn’t it amazing that highly paid Ford engineers can think up such a simple solution to the problem, especially since this seems to have been a know design fault for so long!!!

SOLOUTION TO THE DRAIN HOLE PROBLEM
For those trying to find these drain holes, they are in the furthest back and outward corners of the section under the bonnet where the windscreen wiper mechanism moves. There is a removable plastic tray (thee hex screws - two under each bonnet hinge and one front-facing in the centre) which meets and seals to this section. Remove it and clean. Then in the furthest dark corners, where you cannot see them and can only find them by 'feel' are two plastic drain holes, in a figure-of-eight style, draining outwards, sideways into the wheel arches. If you really can't find them then it's probably best to go down the following route in order to locate the drains the first time (a one-off). Thereafter you’ll know what and where they are from the inside.
Jack the car up, put it on axel stands and then (once able to turn the wheels to make room to work) use a hex (Allen) key to remove the 8 or so screws that hold the plastic wheel arch liners in place. Remove the liners and look up rearward of the shock absorber for a black plastic horizontal figure-of-eight. Now, so that you know where to find it inside for future reference, once cleared (watch out for a rush of water when you do!) poise a torch to shine up through it and go look into those corners. You should see a little light shining up through the location of the holes. Now you know where to shove the bottle brushes.

There we are,… a permanent solution to the problem that will prevent you from having to take your car to the garage, or repeatedly remove the plastic wheel-arch liners to reach a silly little drain hole!

Ford,…take note, absorb and implement. A simple small cheap and effortless courtesy, for any drain hole, that may help you keep customers!

#29 JayneB

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 03:20 PM

A couple of years ago we owned a P reg Galaxy and had exactly the same problem. We tried everything, even got the windscreen re-sealed. One of the old mechanics in our village could not find out what was happening, then I registered with a site just like this and the answer was found.

If you lift the bonnet there is a gully where the rain water runs off the windscreen and in both ends of this gully is a hole which drains the water through a pipe down into the wheel arch to run away. This hole in the wheel arch gets blocked from muck off the road and using a metal coathanger that has been straightened, my husband cleared these holes. This cured the problem.

I have now purchased another Galaxy this weekend and one of the first things we are going to do is clear these drain holes.

#30 Tokingbud

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 08:35 AM

I just joined the forum to get a few answers myself.
I too am getting water in my passenger footwell,Mine is to do with the piping for the rear washers.I seem to have a blockage i think.As even when i reconnect it my rear washers dont seem to work,And if i try to squirt too much it pops off again leaking into my footwell again.Iv not properly checked how easy it is to reinstall a new pipe yet.Does anyone know if this is the most viable sollution or if it is easy to do ?.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 09:17 PM

i had this on mine turned out to be the pipe thats connected to the sunroof gully had come off and water was running along the roof lining and into the footwell!

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:17 PM

:(I have a 99 (V) reg. Had it now for about 5 years. The car is just what I was looking for. Nice high driving position, good size engine - 1.9 TDI - lots of room for the family and their junk. The dogs whatnots in fact. However, what irritates me about it though is the way it seems to develop a problem every time you fix the previous one and the fact that fixing each problem seems to cost a fortune.

Since buying it I've had to change the alternator, battery, a succession of main and auxillary drive belts and tyres. Just before Christmas i had to have the suspension checked after getting struck by a loose rubber speed hump and now I find myself sitting in water in the drivers footwell.

I've read the posts on the rainwater problem and though i thought i had cleared the drains, with the weather over the last couple of days, the carpet is now absolutly sodden and I come out every morning to find a puddle of water in the car, by the door.

I have been told that when you start getting scared to drive a car, it's time to get rid of it, but, unfortunately, that is not an option (and i don't want too anyway). But I just don't know where to start looking for where the water is coming in.

Can anyone give me any advise ?

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:13 PM

:(I have a 99 (V) reg. Had it now for about 5 years. The car is just what I was looking for. Nice high driving position, good size engine - 1.9 TDI - lots of room for the family and their junk. The dogs whatnots in fact. However, what irritates me about it though is the way it seems to develop a problem every time you fix the previous one and the fact that fixing each problem seems to cost a fortune.

Since buying it I've had to change the alternator, battery, a succession of main and auxillary drive belts and tyres. Just before Christmas i had to have the suspension checked after getting struck by a loose rubber speed hump and now I find myself sitting in water in the drivers footwell.

I've read the posts on the rainwater problem and though i thought i had cleared the drains, with the weather over the last couple of days, the carpet is now absolutly sodden and I come out every morning to find a puddle of water in the car, by the door.

I have been told that when you start getting scared to drive a car, it's time to get rid of it, but, unfortunately, that is not an option (and i don't want too anyway). But I just don't know where to start looking for where the water is coming in.

Can anyone give me any advise ?

Hi and welcome to the forum
Blocked drains are one of the faults that will give you wet footwells as rainwater can flood into the heater and end up on your carpet.
As you say you have cleared these undo the plastic wheel arch liners and check for dirt and rubbish collecting there also check condition of bulkhead/floor area for rot, you may have a hole going through where water can get in.

Other possibilities are;

Do you have a sunroof? the drain tube may have come detached or blocked.

Heater matrix leaking (you will have loss of coolant)

Aircon drain blocked (although less likely this time of year)

Windscreen could be leaking across bonding (water running down behind dashboard)

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:18 PM

or the pollen filter might be colled up??

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:43 PM

I have the same problem! Driver side - massive puddle that gets worse when rain is heavy. I have to drive in wellies and leave a towel in there overnight to soak up the puddle! I can't wait for the smell when it eventually dries up!!!(yuck!) It's not coolent or washer fluid as it doesn't smell of anything, I doubt it's anything to do with the air con as it is definitely linked to the rain....blocked pipes? Dunno? Have no idea where to look for those (I'm female!)
Car booked in to a garage on friday so will let you know if they trace the problem! Fingers crossed!!

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 09:07 PM

I had a passenger footwell full of water (2 inches deep) after a windscreen change. Strangely, one rainy day I found a small trickle coming in through the passenger door seal that was very persistent and took plumbing putty under the door seal in several places to stop it. A year later, it restarted, and nothing appearing from the door seal this time. Possibly stupidly, I took a tub of vaseline jelly and liberally smothered the passenger side of the windscreen seals, on the outside. Within a week I discovered it reacts with the rubber of the windscreen seals, I was truly worried I had just destroyed the lot. But instead, the leaks stopped, and a year later , still everything totally dry. I think the vaseline caused the rubber to swell up slightly and no further perishing is apparent. Maybe the other guy's idea of using silicone sealant is the more sensible option, but hey, for now it's dry.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:39 PM

Evening folks,

Had the water in passangers footwell problem also. When I read the forums I found that yes the rear washer hose had come undone under the plastic trim. I was delighted. Unfortunately a week later I had an inch of water in the footwell after heavy rain. Checked all the drains etc and they were all clear.

To get to my point. I stripped out the front of the galaxy. Plastic trims, wiper arm etc, removed the polen filter and the polen filter housing. I notices water had wet the seal inside the filter housing, so I bed it in silicon placed it back in, gave the right hand nut of it an extra little squeeze and hay-presto, no water since. Hope this helps some one as it broke my heart..

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:36 PM

same problem, only in passenger footwell though, will try the common causes first amazing how common it is.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:02 AM

hi on the outside going up the side of the windscreen theres plastic trim that is held down by the wiper blade nut there is also 2 rectangle clips on the trim that slot into holes in the wing these should have rubber seals on them mine were perrished and i got water in my footwells i put silicoln sealent around the holes in the wing clipped the trim back down rebolted the wiper blade my footwells have been dry for over six months now.

please let me know fixes your problem