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I just washed my week and a half old car tonight, and after I dried it down, very well, I opened the driver door and noticed a lot of water draining from the front bottom edge of the door onto the rocker panel. It drained for probably 2 to 3 minutes and stopped. I could have sworn afterwards, while I was waxing, that when I would wax? the front quarter panel, that I heard water dripping inside the panel. Could I have just gotten water inside the hoods through the vents, or should I be worried? Also, is that draining in the door edge normal?
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Your doors have weep holes in them in case u get water in there but the dew wipes might b going bad they keep the water out so the inside of the doors don't rot out. And the other one sounds like water draining out of the cowl area but its hard tell without seeing it. Hope that helps ya dude.
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Thanks for the info man. Good looking out.
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I just washed my week and a half old car tonight, and after I dried it down, very well, I opened the driver door and noticed a lot of water draining from the front bottom edge of the door onto the rocker panel. It drained for probably 2 to 3 minutes and stopped. I could have sworn afterwards, while I was waxing, that when I would wax? the front quarter panel, that I heard water dripping inside the panel. Could I have just gotten water inside the hoods through the vents, or should I be worried? Also, is that draining in the door edge normal?
I have posts on this issue for my car. Water comes out the doors' latches and down onto the lower sill and placard. Ford CS has assigned a case to this since the dealer tested other Mustangs on the lot with the same result. This was almost 2 years ago and I have not heard back.

I remedied it with a small wire that disturbs the doors' weather stripping just enough to allow the water to drain. It works!...:

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Okie Hick has related part of the issue...great help there....something I never thought of.

It is normal for water to enter door between beltline molding (horizontal piece, lower edge of side window, top of door) and window glass.

Water then travels through door, exits usually two places on interior side of bottom of door sheet metal. This is all outside of door weatherstripping, so does not enter car interior.

There is a clear flexible plastic shield between door sheet metal and interior door panel. This plastic protects backside of interior door panel, and helps keep out wind.
Water can easily get onto sealed power window motor, window regulator, and door latch and lock....those items can handle water.

There are slits or slots in hard plastic behind speakers to allow air behind speakers (to enhance sound). This is the only place where water could get through door to interior of car, yet is protected somewhat.

Bottom line...it is normal to see water dripping from a door, after door opened right after washing, or during rain.
And yes, water from cowl area washes or drips between front fender and welded body of car...helps rinse that area which could have gotten mud, leaves, etc. within.

It's a somewhat self-cleaning house on wheels, yet is NOT designed to float ! LOL.
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If you wash the car and shoot water with a hose at the window, water will run down into the door right at the weather stripping, but will drain out through the inside door bottom slots...

The street in front of my house is at a slight incline, when I'm done washing her up, I drive it out on the street and give her a few minutes to drain out...my door interior panels have been rust proofed through the selling dealer, so I'm not that worried.

Usually when I wash the car, I soak the roof from the front of the car, rather than side to side, excess water tends to run toward the back of the car, rather than draining down into the window sills... doing the windows, I use minimal water/soap on my mitt and rinse it out using "mist" setting on my water hose gun, the rest of the car gets washed normally.

I still get water running into the door somewhat, but as I said, I drain it out before I proceed to dry her up, just a couple of minutes with the doors ajar.
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I found a water drain mark inside my driver side window coming down from the seal. When I let my windows down my driver side goes down further in my door than my passenger side. I think the calibration is off. I've tried resetting them, but no luck. Dealer here I come.
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I started noticing water sloshing in my door after washes. It was pissing me off. I found the 2 rubber drain plugs on the bottom of the doors and noticed water dripping slowly out of them. I pulled them out and the water poured out. Turned out some hemlock pine needles got passed the window seal and clogged the drain holes.
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