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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:45 pm    Post subject: Leak or Condensation in front boot? Reply with quote

I haven't driven my 997.1 for a week or two due to a coolant pipe split (waiting to get it transported to a garage to get it fixed). Anyway, I went into the front boot today to get out some stuff and found that the bottom of the boot is wet.

The side carpets don't appear to be wet and the drainage plugs in the battery compartment are not blocked. I also noticed that there was a lot of condensation (very damp) on the underside of the bonnet. Also, it was damp on the underside of the plastic lid above the Nav system.

I have a few questions..

I got an image of a 997.1 front boot on the internet and have marked it up...


- The area marked with a red line is where the boot seal touches
- The purple area is where it was very damp (hundreds of water blobs which looked like condensation)
- If I shine a light where the green lines are, it can be seen where I have marked a blue line!

Surely this means that water can track into the 'sealed' compartment?


So, is the underside of my bonnet getting damp due to the wet carpet, or is the carpet getting damp due to the water getting to the underside of the lid?

Any help would be great.
 



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember that the green marked area is about an inch or so above the plastic surface when the lid is shut. Unless water is travelling upwards it cannot be flowing through the lid. Air is allowed into the luggage space via this path though.Is the seal round the boot space firmly pushed down, on mine it has obviously had some form of sealant applied before the seal was put in place.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So that means the water is getting into the carpet From somewhere and the wetness on the underside of the lid must be the evaporation on the water on the carpet.

Are there any drain holes in the front boot that could be blocked and the water is running down in? The ones under the battery are clear, I did them a couple of weeks ago when I noticed an inch or so of water under the battery.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember there are various paths from the battery area into the plastic covered area where the cd changer and nav drive etc live. This "crosses" the seal line of course. Are you sure the water didn't get in by running in via this path and down past the triangle / toolkit underneath the plastic covers ? Remove all the plastic covers and it hopefully should be apparent ?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The car’s getting picked up today to get an engine drop and a coolant pipe replaced (and whatever else needs doing while it’s out), so can’t really look at the leak today.

I guess while the battery drains were blocked and there was an inch or two of water under it it may have sloshed around while driving and got into the front boot.

Will need to get it all dried out and see what happens in the rain.

Thanks for the replies.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One place to have a look ..

O/s/f and undo the clip as if you were getting to the headlight release bung .. pull the carpet back a bit more and look at the wiring between the side panel and where it reaches the front.

Should be a grommet there ..

If someone has pushed a hole in it to run wires through then that's the problem .. it allows water into the car .
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again for the replies.

Hopefully I'll get the car back from getting the coolant pipe fixed and take a look. At least I know where I should be looking. Hopefully, one day, all my little snags will be sorted and I can enjoy a car I've been waiting years to get. Smile

Fingers crossed it may have originated from a couple inches of water under the battery tray sloshing around and finding it's way in.
 
  
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