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I know that this subject has been addressed before, but I don't recall seeing any clear "This is how I fixed it" answers.

Two years ago I purchased a 99 Taurus from the 2nd owner. He told me that when it rained the front passenger side floorboard would get wet.
I never noticed such a problem until the last few times that it has rained. Now it seams that the front passenger side carpet gets soaked.
Naturally I had to start noticing the problem when it's 35 degrees outside.
I know that other people have experienced this same problem. If you could tell me what you did to stop the water, I would greatly appreciate it.

As a side note, I recently read in a Ford Focus forum that they have the same problem. Which makes me wonder, does Ford make any watertight cars?

Thank you for your advice...
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You need the rain hat for the cabin air filter. You can get that at the dealership.


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First check the top cowl on the passenger side. Make sure it sits flush against the window, if not replace it. As Qwertz9586 stated check for a rainhat that would be over your cabing filter. It's located inside the upper and lower cowl on the passenger side. If you have one ensure it's in the down position. Also make sure your cabin filter is seated properly. If you don't have a rainhat, you can get one at the dealership. And lastly, I have a G4 bull, I fixed this issue by pulling back the carpet on the passenger side and putting silicone around the rubber grommet that's located on the floor board where the floor board starts to angle up towards the blower motor. I would check for this, not sure if the G3 has it or not.


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If you have one ensure it's in the down position.[/b]
I too have had this problem and replacing the cowl did nothing (replaced because it did not sit flush against the windshield). I also contacted the dealership and was told by two separate ones that there is no rain hat ext. for my 2k bull. So, that said, I'm curious what you mean by "in the down position". Mine only bolts on one way. Could you possibly elaborate or provide photo of what it "should" look like?

Thanks as I'm tired of drying out my floorboards after every storm.

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If you have one ensure it's in the down position.[/b]
I too have had this problem and replacing the cowl did nothing (replaced because it did not sit flush against the windshield). I also contacted the dealership and was told by two separate ones that there is no rain hat ext. for my 2k bull. So, that said, I'm curious what you mean by "in the down position". Mine only bolts on one way. Could you possibly elaborate or provide photo of what it "should" look like?

Thanks as I'm tired of drying out my floorboards after every storm.

I FEEL YOUR PAIN 99!
[/b][/quote]

On my '02 SES the rainhat lifts(and locks)up maybe a 1/4 inch so you can remove/install the cabin filter. In my case if you leave it in the "up" position water will tend to run towards the firewall. I believe at one time there was a rainhat recall for '01-'04 bulls. Yes there was.

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Some vehicles built between 5/1/2001 and 12/15/2003 may exhibit water in the blower case or on the passenger side floor, an inoperative climate control blower motor, a motor that operates on high speed only, and/or a blower motor resistor failure.

http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/index.php?...ost&id=7877

Perhaps this is why you are getting told there's no extended rainhat for your '00. My understanding is the dealerships were replacing rainhats that were extended to ensure water would run in the correct direction. Perhaps they do not offer the part, but used it on the cars they serviced on the recall? Anyways, I'm willing to bet if you pull the carpet back on the passenger side and plug the rubber grommet with some silicone(it's located right where the footwell meets the floorpan, btw you can't see this grommet from under the car)your issues will be resolved. I did this and haven't had wet carpet since.


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If you have one ensure it's in the down position.[/b]
I too have had this problem and replacing the cowl did nothing (replaced because it did not sit flush against the windshield). I also contacted the dealership and was told by two separate ones that there is no rain hat ext. for my 2k bull. So, that said, I'm curious what you mean by "in the down position". Mine only bolts on one way. Could you possibly elaborate or provide photo of what it "should" look like?

Thanks as I'm tired of drying out my floorboards after every storm.

I FEEL YOUR PAIN 99!
[/b][/quote]

On my '02 SES the rainhat lifts(and locks)up maybe a 1/4 inch so you can remove/install the cabin filter. In my case if you leave it in the "up" position water will tend to run towards the firewall. I believe at one time there was a rainhat recall for '01-'04 bulls. Yes there was.

ISSUE
Some vehicles built between 5/1/2001 and 12/15/2003 may exhibit water in the blower case or on the passenger side floor, an inoperative climate control blower motor, a motor that operates on high speed only, and/or a blower motor resistor failure.

http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/index.php?...ost&id=7877

Perhaps this is why you are getting told there's no extended rainhat for your '00. My understanding is the dealerships were replacing rainhats that were extended to ensure water would run in the correct direction. Perhaps they do not offer the part, but used it on the cars they serviced on the recall? Anyways, I'm willing to bet if you pull the carpet back on the passenger side and plug the rubber grommet with some silicone(it's located right where the footwell meets the floorpan, btw you can't see this grommet from under the car)your issues will be resolved. I did this and haven't had wet carpet since.
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Thanks Grand! I'll check the grommet as you suggested. Will post again if it works or not.

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I know that this subject has been addressed before, but I don't recall seeing any clear "This is how I fixed it" answers.

Two years ago I purchased a 99 Taurus from the 2nd owner. He told me that when it rained the front passenger side floorboard would get wet.
I never noticed such a problem until the last few times that it has rained. Now it seams that the front passenger side carpet gets soaked.
Naturally I had to start noticing the problem when it's 35 degrees outside.
I know that other people have experienced this same problem. If you could tell me what you did to stop the water, I would greatly appreciate it.

As a side note, I recently read in a Ford Focus forum that they have the same problem. Which makes me wonder, does Ford make any watertight cars?

Thank you for your advice...
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I am not sure if my problem is similar - 96 Sable, I haven't had it in heavy rain yet - but - did notice problems with defrost in misting rain ext temp mid 40s. The sides of windshield and side windows would fog up with defrost on and engine at operating temp. The cowling cover over passenger side does not fit tight to windshield. I have replaces the plastic screwas and seats but haven't priced replacemetn cowling. I am considering adding a couple of trim screws to pull it down, or using heat gun ot soften plastic and re-shape it.

Any thoughts?

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I had the same problem and I am fairly sure it was simply because I didn't tighten those plastic screws down all the way on the cowling and it left a gap.

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Grandpoohbah,
Well I pulled up the wet carpet from the passenger side of my 1999 sedan.
Sure enough there's a rubber grommet where the footwell meets the floorpan.
Judging by the corrosion in the area of the grommet, water has been entering there.
I've removed the grommet, cleaned and dried the area, and reinstalled the grommet with liberal amounts of black silicone.
Hopefully that cures my problem. I'm going to leave the carpet pulled up for awhile to keep an eye on it.
I'll reply to the post again to let you know.
Thanks for the advice!
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Grandpoohbah,
Well I pulled up the wet carpet from the passenger side of my 1999 sedan.
Sure enough there's a rubber grommet where the footwell meets the floorpan.
Judging by the corrosion in the area of the grommet, water has been entering there.
I've removed the grommet, cleaned and dried the area, and reinstalled the grommet with liberal amounts of black silicone.
Hopefully that cures my problem. I'm going to leave the carpet pulled up for awhile to keep an eye on it.
I'll reply to the post again to let you know.
Thanks for the advice!
Tim
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I just did this as well. As per Grand's recommendation. I noticed 2 grommets... one smack in the middle of the passenger floorboard and one where the footwell meets the floorpan. I went ahead and sealed them both with silicone as well. I too will be watching to see if this resolves my problem. BTW...just as a test, before I sealed the grommets, I showered the underside of the car (where the grommet is located) with water while the carpet was pulled up. Sure enough, after a couple of seconds, water started to seep in around the edges. I think Grand hit this one right on the head. Seems odd since I've been dealing with this for nearly a year and most all posts regarding the problem have something to say about the cowl or rain-hat. Nice to know a simple, barely-known fix did the trick.

Thanks again Grand! I'll also post again after we've see the fix work.

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