I used to have to work on those miserable sonsabitches at the dealership.
They can be a nightmare.
I always questioned the wisdom of buying a vehicle here in the Pacific North West that had a built in water leak anyways but holy shit did I wind up with some real doozies.
There is a little nylon drain tube at each corner that you can’t see underneath the outer skin and they get plugged up constantly around here.
Pine needles are the worst offenders by a mile.
When those little drain tubes get plugged up, this is what happens when it rains a half an inch in ten minutes here.
Yukitty yuk, right?
That’s no joke. I’ve seen it first hand.
Of course then the dumb bastards bring it in bitching and whining and want you to wave your magic wand at the fucking thing.
We actually had a shower head on a hunk of iron pipe seven feet tall that was clamped to an old steel wheel.
You could point the shower head where you were suspecting the leak was and turn the water on that one spot.
When the leaks were real bad, I would have to tear the seats and the carpeting out to dry them out.
I had entire interiors out of rigs trying to find where the water was coming in and have several memories of some seriously fucked up rigs that had MULTIPLE water leaks that didn’t even HAVE sunroofs in them.
Sometimes the sunroofs had multiple issues and the thing about them is, Ford doesn’t make sun roofs. They were buying them from an outfit called WEBCO and just installing them.
I used to have to call Ford, jump through their hoops and when they couldn’t figure it out, they would have me call WEBCO and start all over again.
A couple real live nightmares still stand out real good twenty five years later.
One was so bad that I fought it off and on for six months and the dealership actually wound up buying the car back.
The robot that applied the seam sealer must have run out of the sealer because that fucker had 13 different water leaks in it. All the way around the opening for the windshield and the back glass. and down both sides of the roof line. Like the sealer was skipping spots.
SIX MONTHS off and on I had that thing tore apart. From one end to the other all the way down to bare metal inside.
Then there was the Mini Van From Hell.
I turned that shower head on and went to lunch. When I came back there was two inches of water inside the front of that mini van.
I had to completely strip all of the interrior panels out of both sides, all the seats and then the entire carpet.
Something like 147 nuts bolts and screws.
When I pulled the carpet back from the front passenger side, I found a message written in the color coded sealer they had used with a long arrow on the steel floor.The message said “It’s In The Hole” and the arrow was pointing to a factory hole in the floor pan.
I’m like What the fuck is this about?
I took pictures of it and they got kicked up the chain back to the manufacturing plant but it puzzled the hell out of me.
Just out of curiousity, I picked the back of the van all the way up in the air until that van was standing on it’s nose and about to fall off the hoist. Right as the back was getting almost to the very top, I heard it.
Rattle rattle rattle rattle, from the very back to the very front right under the dash on that side.
It took me a while but I finally found it.
Some complete asshole at the plant had dropped a little bolt down in that hole. The hole was right over the channel that acted like a frame for the rig as it was a unibody construction and there was one on both sides of it. Those channels went from right under the dash to all the way back to the wheel well openings.
I had to mess with it for a long time, picking the front up, dropping it back down and the picking the back up again, until I got that stupid little bolt to roll back down to the hole and stick to a little pocket magnet I had stuck down in it to snag it so I could get it back out.
Lemme tell ya, I was LIVID.
THEN, I still had to find and fix the damn water leak.
That turned into a giant fiasco all by its self and I wound up pulling the entire dash board out of the damn thing too.
I finally found it.
It was coming in at the very bottom right hand corner of the windshield, dripping onto a great big wiring harness, running down the harness and dripping on the heater box assembly next to the firewall almost exactly dead in the middle of the rig behind the dash and then, dripping onto the carpet.
So I wound up tearing all that out too, chasing it down.
What a nightmare that one was.
Total time on it was a week and a half, just to find and fix the leak.
Hell it took me three hours just to fish that little bolt out.
Then I had to put the entire thing back together.
And people wonder why I quit working on cars.
It was to retain what little sanity I still had left.