So. I have a 2005 Mustang GT convertible. It has just over 24,000 miles on it. Here is a picture:
It's an incredible car. It's had no mechanical problems, the body is in great shape, it's got an awesome red interior...but I'm looking to sell it. I just don't drive it enough, and someone else deserves to enjoy it!
In any case, I noticed last spring that I had developed the dreaded passenger side leak over the SJB. I immediately took the car in -- twice -- to my local dealer, who sealed everything under the wiper cowl. I also did some work myself after reading some of the messages in the Forum here.
After replacing the carpet (at a cost of nearly $900), I thought I'd be out of the woods. Boy, was I wrong.
We had a huge rain a few days ago and, when I went to get into the car, I noticed that the leak had started again. Now, I was pissed. I want to sell the car, sure, but there is no way in hell that I'm going to sell it without fixing the problem. It just wouldn't be right.
I took off the plastic panel covering the SJB and noticed something: the water seemed to be coming through the spot where the wires (for the mirror and window switches, I assume) move from the door to the car. Hmmm.
I checked my 2012 Audi A4 to see what kind of protection there was from water getting in behind the door hinges. In the Audi, there is a solid black plastic piece that keeps the rain out:
Then, I checked the driver's side door of the Mustang. Okay, it wasn't a solid piece; they're not Germans, after all. But there was a bulky foam strip with teeth that looked like it could do the job:
Then I looked at the passenger's side. Uh-oh. Please note the SUNLIGHT coming through at the top from the open hood.
I pushed a stick through so you can see. Here's the stick going in...
...and coming out...
So. It looks like the water is getting through that Grand Canyon-sized gap, coming into the car through the wiring harness, and drenching my SJB.
But here's the $15,000 question: how do I fix it? I tried expansion foam, but there's nothing for it to stick to. Is there something that I could put over that gap underneath the hood? Or is there a way to replace or repair the foam barrier?
What do you think, team? What should I do, and how should I do it? For now, I'm going to keep the car covered, only drive it on sunny days, and wait to hear from all of you.
Many thanks in advance.