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Old 06-14-2010, 04:48 AM   #1
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Question Water leak = wet floor = windscreen?

New Ideas? Missing Parts? Aussie Girl going insane here!!!
(Same issue as thread posted by Notchback in 2007)


My boyfriends' '95 (900 2.3 Auto Hatch No Sunroof) Red Buggy (RHD) is living outside now that we no longer have a garage and I thought I'd fixed it a year ago but not good enough obviously He can't change a lightbulb to save his life (he is from Ga USA) but this isn't brain surgery so I am seeking some sanity as to why!!!

The Problem: After rain, the front Right Hand Side (driver side in AUS & UK/ passanger side US & EU) floor gets soaking wet... and after the deluge last week, both the front driver and passenger floor carpet is soaking wet...

The water is coming somewhere way up high from behind the dash, to the foam sponge at the front by the engine wall of the floor hump between the driver and the passenger and then gravitates to the RHS driver side floor - photo attachment "Saab Floor min" shows the wet foam.

Also of note: the "C" shaped black plastic bullnose shield that lies between the hood and the windscreen and runs from side mirror to side mirror, has lifted slightly on the passenger LH side where it is not secured by the windscreen wiper lugs.

Last time:I lifted the carpet to dry up the mess,pulled off the wipers,took out the plastic bullnose shield,removed & cleaned the air filter,lifted the air-intake box and re-sealed/re-seated it,cleaned out the rubber elephant nose drainage duct,taped the rubber seal back onto the plastic bullnose shield,used double-sided auto tape to stick the rubber seal/ bullnose plastic shield to the windscreen.

I am sure this kept it at bay for a while.. but now the windcreen corner has lifted again on the far passenger side corner... - photo attachment "Saab Windshield min" shows the gap has appeared again.

This time:I have pulled the carpet up again and cleaned up the fresh mess ,pulled the wipers and the plastic "C" shield off again,removed the little 6 inch plastic square air-intake protector that directs water coming through the "C" shield drainage hole under the middle-anchored wiper arm,tested the bullnose drainage channel with a bucket of water and the air-intake box seems water tight,and I am now still in the process of drying the whole damn thing out... again!!!

Now I know this isn't brain surgery and hence my willingness to give it a go... but it also means that I have some questions that I was hoping the World Wide Brains Trust might be able to help me with? The photo attachment "Saab Bullnose min" shows where I am upto...

Question - does anyone know what the two metal empty lugs above the air intake are meant to hold? Is there a missing cover of some description?

If Notchback is still out there - where exactly did you smear that silicone. I can see a white plastic pipe running along the hump coming out from under the wet foam but can not find the plastic union and three vacuum lines that you referred to. How did you address the windshield? Is it all still holding together?

Sorry about the long post but I wanted to be accurate and my car anatomy is rather average despite my enthusiasm! This newbie would appreciate any new ideas and advise as to wether there is a missing air-intake cover perhaps?

Thanks for reading & looking forward to some advice! Cheers Amanda
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:45 AM   #2
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Sounds like you've got a windshield leak. Push against it from inside and see if you get any movement from the glass. Seems like folks have trouble sealing the bottom of these windshields when installing.
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If this is a '95 900 you're on the wrong board. Try posting this in the NG900 board to get more valid responses. Different cars have different issues.

You may want to ask an admin to just move the thread.
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There are two plastic shields, the one you see before you take anything apart, and one beneath that. If you've done a good job sealing things up around the cabin air filter box, and it sounds like you have, you should not have a leak. The flat drain tube that hangs down by the steering rack is cleared out and flows water, right?

Assuming you have a sunroof, there is a tube inside the roof pillar on both sides that is the sunroof "cassette" drain. It comes out the bottom of the unibody just behind the front wheels on each side. They can clog and the tubes stay filled with water. Also I'm assuming you live in a cold climate. The tubes can freeze and split. Then they leak. I've cleared them by using a wet vac on the discharge/bladder/checkvalve-like outlet behind the front wheels.

Pour a little water in the channel you will see when the sunroof is open. Have the car in a slight decline when you try this. Now, the rear two tubes should be checked/cleaned using the same method. They drain behind the rear wheels. If you have split drain tubes and want to fix them, the ceiling panel will need to be removed. Hope it's not that.
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:11 AM   #5
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Thank you all for the speedy replies and suggestions!

It is winter here and hence still drying the sucker out - the carpet up over the driver's seat so driving rally style... Can't complain at 18 degrees C - we are about 50 miles south of Sydney & on the coast)

No sunroof so can thankfully rule that one out! Will edit that into the post when I/Admin moves it over to the suggested forum.

Again, thanks for your kind responses.
Cheers, Amanda
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