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  1. Blakusdad

    Heavy rain, Water leak

    Unfortunately, no. But it's got three sprung clips (indicated by the markings on the front face). Just pops out. It's quite a way up behind the glove box, but accessible.
  2. Blakusdad

    Heavy rain, Water leak

    Isn't the tubeless one from a 7?
  3. Blakusdad

    Heavy rain, Water leak

    Taking the grommet out isn't a big deal (clips on the inside need a-pressin'), but it's pretty straight forward. To be honest, getting the interior trim back in was the biggest ballache - the B-pillar covers especially (damp had crept up some foam insulation on this and dampened the seatbelt, so had to check there was no ingress into the seatbelt housing, or corrosion). Also the panel under the glove box is a real pain in the arse. I recommend getting a set of the interior panel clips for this job before you start - always worth having them around. Without all the exploratory work I carried out (interior trim off, underside trays off, etc etc) should be an hours work. That said, if you're getting this problem, you're gonna want to take the carpets up to get as much water out of the foam and footwells as possible. I picked up a handful of passive dehumidifiers to sit in the foot well for a few weeks, too.
  4. Blakusdad

    Heavy rain, Water leak

    That's fair enough! Here's my before and after shots (after shot is a still, hence 'play' icon). The silicone you can see is what was forced out when reinstalled - hopefully an indication of a good seal!
  5. Blakusdad

    Heavy rain, Water leak

    Didn’t want to litter the thread with more pics, nothing more to show over what’s already been posted. I poured several buckets of water down the windscreen today and couldn’t get it to leak.... Fingers crossed and many thanks for the advice.
  6. Blakusdad

    Heavy rain, Water leak

    Took the day off and tackled this today. Went in from the top - just about enough knuckle-scraping room. I didn't have a very high tide mark and it seemed pretty dry, considering the rain we've had, but could put that down to the engine drying it out quick and the assumption that all the water was going straight into the cabin, via the bottom of the useless grommet - thus not building up enough moisture for a higher tide mark. After a thorough clean with some bike degreaser and alcohol I decided to put a couple of 8mm holes in the bottom of the cover - from behind so as not to damage the fabric outer - to help drain if the proper drain gets blocked again. I also ran silicone around the edge of the grommet before refitting, filling the gap in the useless seal and getting a good gob of it into each of the fixing lugs - then refit it while tacky. Checking from the inside of the footwell, silicone had filled the gaps without making a mess, so pretty tidy, really. Now I wait for the carpets to dry, see how I've done. Got a half-dozen passive dehumidifiers on-route so will bung these in when they arrive and see how much moisture they draw. I wrung out about a liter from the carpets, I reckon. Nasty.
  7. Blakusdad

    Heavy rain, Water leak

    Hi, Brand new to the forum but discovered this today on my 2010 F11 MSport (530D), not yet done 47k. Rear nearside carpet damp and front under the lowest front edge ( before it ramps up under the dash), so I’m guessing I have the bulkhead grommet seal issue. Noticed the windscreen and sunroof holding condensation for a few weeks, but nothing shocking until this week when it started building up when not using the car. Baby seat nearside rear and front nearside rarely used, and my son hasn’t cleaned interior for ages! Workmate noticed the lower end of the seat belt was damp when he wound it out! Crazy, but that could be just condensation running down and pooling at the bottom of the belt, I hope. Wonder if a BMW warranty would cover this...
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