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Re: Water leaks and stiff shifter
Barry's concern about becoming a U-Boat captain ... :)
> I have water leaking into the little storage compartment by the drivers left
> leg. In a hard rain, it fills completely with water. I know the windshield
> seals often leak on older Audis, but I don't think that's the problem.
> The windshield and seal were replaced just before I bought the car
> (two years ago) and I have had no leaks until now. Anyone know what else
> it could be?
I had a similar problem on the right side with my '78 Audi Fox. You had
to be in a very specific situation for the leak to occur. It turned out
that in a heavy rain and moving at freeway speeds that occasionally I would
notice something moving on the floor of the passenger compartment out of
the corner of my eye. Eventually I managed to look over while it happened
and found that I had a small river over there for a quick second! I didn't
see moisture around the window seals so I was baffled. It turned out that
the problem was that there is a seam along the back of the "shelf" (where
the wipers and heater stuff is often located) which was not fully sealed.
I figure that water would build up in the shelf and get blown around to the
point that it reached the seam and poured into the car. It was a real bear
to get mirrors and such in the right place to be able to actually see that
the seam wasn't sealed, and tougher to get the RTV Silicone in there.
Your problem may be related to water getting through one of the other inten-
tional holes in the firewall & shelf (Throttle cable, clutch, brake, steer-
ing, electrical, etc.).
WRT the shifter, I'd recommend that you pull up the shift boot and see if
there is something underneath that is in need of lubrication.
San Jose, CA (USA)