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Old 10-12-2005   #1
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leaks

Its just not winter without finding another puddle in the Uno. Did they ever test it in the wet when they were designing it?

Once again its the passenger footwell. with a bit in the driver's side too. I've had so many leaks there I've never bothered re-fitting the plastic door strips that trap the 'carpet' down. Long gone are the shredded wooly underlay things, replaced by newspaper.

Here's the score so far:

-Wet back seat - rusting seam under the guttering strip.
-Puddle in the boot (x2) - poor seal around the indicator box.
-puddle on the drivers seat - leaking seal on the sunroof.
-Swimming pool in the drivers footwell. - leaves blocking the bonnet scoop, so every thing drained into the footwell through the heating matrix.
- puddle in the passengers footwell (x3) - leaking windscreen seal, missing grommet in engine bay, missing grommet by door hinges when the wing was replaced by previous owner.

There must be someone else who's had it worse, or do I hold the Uk record?
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Re: leaks

wo dude, sure your car wasn't in an accident? cause i've been driving my little uno through water so deep that the water level reaches the bottom of my doors, and yet no water leaks into my cabby.
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Re: leaks

I've got a sunroof on mine which doesn't close fully, but it doesn't leak in the rain thank God. However, I do get leaks in my driver side safety belt reel cover after torrential rain, forcing me to drive with a wet seat belt.

I also have a dented rear door after a minor accident but have not experienced any leakage there.
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Re: leaks

no you def win, i get a little in on the near side front window on the jet wash, other than that its all good
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Re: leaks

My spare wheel is always slightly damp, but i cant see where the water is coming from ...
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Re: leaks

Only leak I have in mine is when it's absolutely roaring down, and then I get a little trickle of water round the rear windows on the 2 door. Like all of 5 drops lol
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Re: leaks

Get an Uno without a sunroof, they are nothing but problem followed by problem. Mine used to get water trapped in the gutter above the drivers head, when I went round corners it overflowed (onto me) which is not a nice sensation (especially on the way to work). I tried cleaning the drain holes, then I sealed the sunroof up with silicon sealant (water still got in, its like magic). Replacing the entire sunroof mechanism seemed to work, but I did this the day before I sold the car so I am unsure.

They also leak from the windscreen, I found that pumping silicone sealant in doesn’t get you anywhere and just makes a huge mess. If you have the time and patience its best to removed the windscreen, thoroughly clean the seal (and if necessary replace it) and then reinstall into the car without sealant, works a treat and while you are at it you can fix the inevitable rust around the windscreen.

In fact a good solution to fixing any leak is to remove any seals nearby, soak them in soapy water for 24hrs, then scrub with a toothbush, dry and reinstall. This has fixed many leaks for me in the past.

If you really must use silicone, use silicone spray, it doesnt set but it works well to seal small gaps and its easy to clean up.
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