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Old 12-16-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Water Leak (Sloshing)

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Where I live was just hit by a storm with lots of rain, and my mustang is my daily driver so it was driven a few days in pretty heavy rain. Well yesterday I thought I heard water sloshing around in the car, so I checked for a water bottle or something that could be making the sound. nothing. I brake suddenly and try and replicate the noise, and can hear water sloshing around splashing off the body panels (coming from what seems to be the rear passenger armrest area). After a quick google search I found this is a somewhat common problem with, but could only find people with GT's experiencing the leak. From the sound of it there is A LOT of water stuck in there. I will be taking it to my dealer, and it better be repaired under warranty as the car isn't even 6 months old yet. Have any other V6 owners had this issue?

Link to a post on another forum: Water sloshing sound from passenger rear quarter panel - The Mustang Source - Ford Mustang Forums
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Yeah haven't heard of that one. I've heard of leaks in the 13s and 14s around the firewall letting water into the floorboards.

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ja so soon all our 2013 and 2014 will turn into aquariums for fish.
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Great to know another thing to look out for, haven't heard about this or the firewall, has there been a fix?


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I know it happens in the rear doors of some of the new Ford Taurus'


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Not sure yet, I took it in today and showed the guy at the body shop (local Ford dealers body shop) and he heard it, said it needs to get fixed but they're only open mon-fri and don't usually give out loaner cars. Well I work those days and only have the one car, so he told me he'd call me and get it taken care of.

The other forum posts I've seen had some dealers telling them it was their gas they were hearing. Others got it fixed by having the panels re-sealed. Looked for but did not find and service bulletins or recalls

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Not sure yet, I took it in today and showed the guy at the body shop (local Ford dealers body shop) and he heard it, said it needs to get fixed but they're only open mon-fri and don't usually give out loaner cars. Well I work those days and only have the one car, so he told me he'd call me and get it taken care of.

The other forum posts I've seen had some dealers telling them it was their gas they were hearing. Others got it fixed by having the panels re-sealed. Looked for but did not find and service bulletins or recalls

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I've heard of this and in the same area(rear Passenger side). I thought I heard it one night after heavy storms but then before I did anything about it we had several dry days and it went away. Guess I'll wait to hear it again.
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Mine did it but it was the body plugs in the doors. There are two in each door. It is not very uncommon.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:30 AM   #12
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Shunc01 had this happen to him but in the front and found it to be a drainage issue with his cowl. There is a drain tube that got banged, moved or blocked and needs to be clean or corrected. he had water that leaked and flooded his glove box. Soaked his books, reg and poured under his passenger seat...a real mess.

For you there is most likely just a seal leak...not sure from your description where exactly it may be but i hope its not INSIDE your car...that would suck.
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I can't find any water in the car thank God, but it's insidr the rear passenger quarter panel and up against something else. Doesn't seem to be draining at all really, and I can't find any plugs or anything. I don't think this is a place water is supposed to be able to get. The car isnt even 6 months old, and this is looking to be a wet winter in CA.

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Here is a quote from a guy off the Mustang Source link that was posted:" What happened was the wheel well wasn't sealed completely while at the factory. They sealed it up and sent me on my way. "...."The dealer found an issue with the right rear wheel housing seam. The report says that they sealed it up and drained the water out of the rocker panel."

Check your wheel well and see if there is any holes or leaks...also try rocking your car while its parked and see if water falls out anywhere
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A little comes out when I do that, but it's still sloshing around every stop or change of direction. From the pictures in that thread I wouldn't be surprised if water did start getting into the interior though

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There is a hole down that gets clogged with derbies. I'm not sure how to fix it on the coupe. I had the issue on mine, and was able to put the top down and suck it out with a Vacuum.
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So I got it back from the dealer fixed, and he said the factory just "missed" the seal between the panels in the wheel well. They removed the water and sealed everything up.

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thats y you dont buy cars made on monday or friday people are to hungover to work or to lazy and on friday just want to go home
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Glad it got worked out
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So it's been raining here in MD and I noticed that there was a sloshing sound coming from both my rear passengers armrest panel/ quarter window panel. I have a 2014 GT/CS and I've had at only 2 months. I am going to take it to the dealership but I am worried a bit because I have a racing tune from Bama with JLT CAI. Would there be any reason they hook it up to their computer? I just don't wanna get my warranty voided. Thanks


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Those won't harm your warranty for this issue because it has nothing to do with those parts. You are fine. You can always return to stock before bringing it in just to be safe.


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Thanks I know I might have been over reacting. This is the first stang I've had that I've done mods to


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Dropped off the car. The leaks guy won't be in until Monday. Will let you guys know what they say.


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when I took mine in I had bbk shorty headers, bama tune, CAI, axelbacks and wheels and tires. They didn't say a word about it. But each dealer is different. And mine was less than 6 months old when l had the issue
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when I took mine in I had bbk shorty headers, bama tune, CAI, axelbacks and wheels and tires. They didn't say a word about it. But each dealer is different. And mine was less than 6 months old when l had the issue

You have multiple warranties, your performance mods wouldn't ruin the bumper to bumper body and interior warranty, just the engine and drive train.


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Yeah. Even where I supercharged my car ,won't have anything to do with this problem( if I had this problem). They would have to be smoking crack to tell me that it did. But some places may try and play that card haha.


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Yeah, I know that part. But the only thing I was worried about was them perhaps inspecting the car and documenting things like that for future reference (no idea whether or not this even happens anywhere). But the body shop for my dealer thought my AMR wheels were stock, so I doubt I had anything to worry about.
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Some dealerships just don't care, I had an alignment covered under warranty, and the dealer knew I had aftermarket suspension parts


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There is a body seam at the right rear fender well that will allow water in. I usually see the water pool at the bottom of the b pillar where the seat belt assembly is. I heard it sloshing around after a heavy rain. I would remove the plastic trim at the rr b pillar. If you pull back the trim panels and the bottom of the fender (between the door and rear quarter panel) is dry....then your search continues. If it is wet or standing water as I had shop vac it and dry it well. Then using silicone you will need to put a couple globs along side of the factory body sealer that you will see at the back and bottom of this inner fender pocket. Smooth it out generously over the body sealer and you will not see water again. Hope this helps.
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I've only heard of this happening on 13-14 mustangs, all of which should be covered under warranty. So I had the dealer fix mine, not a problem new cars should be having
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ugh. just noticed this on my car tonight after a heavy day of rain. it's on the drivers side, sounds like it's the rear panel. guess i should just bring it to ford again and see what they say.
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upon further inspection, i think mine is just the gas moving around. I learned there's 2 tanks on the car, so the same exact sound came from both sides, and i had about 13 gallons in the tank and it sounded like a LOT of liquid, not just a little bit stuck between the panels. had my dad help listen, and he shook the car and I listened and it sounds like it's coming from underneath the car, so i think i'm ok for now.

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glad to hear its not the car converting into a driving aquarium.
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glad to hear its not the car converting into a driving aquarium.
i hope not. supposed to rain HARD tonight, so we'll see what happens lol
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