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Here’s another top tip to get that water out of your carpets.

 

purchase 1kg of value rice from the supermarket.

find an old sock and fill the sock with the rice, tie the end of the sock and then place in the footwell.

 

the rice will draw water to itself. 

 

I found this really worked when I was trying to get the last of the water up. Removed any steaming up in the car also in the warmer weather.

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4 hours ago, bigshout said:

Here’s another top tip to get that water out of your carpets.

 

purchase 1kg of value rice from the supermarket.

find an old sock and fill the sock with the rice, tie the end of the sock and then place in the footwell.

 

the rice will draw water to itself. 

 

I found this really worked when I was trying to get the last of the water up. Removed any steaming up in the car also in the warmer weather.

Good shout bigshout

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On ‎31‎/‎01‎/‎2016 at 3:34 PM, Neil Brookes said:

Hi All

I've found my leak and it's the same problem Ozzy and many others have found.

I found massive amounts of water in my rear footwell. Many post suggest the problem is the vapour seal on the rear or front door. This didn't really make sense for me as I could find no evidence of water ingress around the doors and the sides were dry.

I also didn't really look beyond the back as the front appeared to be dry. However, today I decided to strip down the interior of the passenger side of my car and found it was damp under the carpet in the front. Of course, I found the leak behind the glove box.

It's easy to make the mistake of not checking here due to the wetness manifesting in the rear footwell.

I thought you may be interested in my video showing the water coming in. Now I've got to Try and fix it.

Pretty poor for a car just over three years old.

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Well,,,, After almost 6 weeks of owning my latest 530 GT I have discovered the same problem, rear passenger carpet was soaked, I removed all the plastic trim from the front right of the engine bay and cleared a bucket load of crap and leaves, stuck the hoover in there and sucked up even more shit, I need to find time now to remove the glove box and see what going on, and try to replace the grommet and unblock the drain pipe... This whole thread has helped lots and going to look at Neil's video later when I get home... Pretty Crap for such a good brand, BUT I have never experienced this issue with any of my other recent BMW,s like the my last GT, the F11 or the e93 so its a first......     If I cant sort it then its going to a garage as I have a warranty with the car and it should be covered.

 

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1 hour ago, GT STEVE said:

 

Well,,,, After almost 6 weeks of owning my latest 530 GT I have discovered the same problem, rear passenger carpet was soaked, I removed all the plastic trim from the front right of the engine bay and cleared a bucket load of crap and leaves, stuck the hoover in there and sucked up even more shit, I need to find time now to remove the glove box and see what going on, and try to replace the grommet and unblock the drain pipe... This whole thread has helped lots and going to look at Neil's video later when I get home... Pretty Crap for such a good brand, BUT I have never experienced this issue with any of my other recent BMW,s like the my last GT, the F11 or the e93 so its a first......     If I cant sort it then its going to a garage as I have a warranty with the car and it should be covered.

 

 

You have sorted it by clearing the crud from behind the cover in the engine bay. There is no actual need once this has been done to get behind the glovebox to access the grommet. SO lang as the area you've cleared is kept clear of crud (so removal every 6 months or so) you'll be fine. If this is a second hand car, maybe the previous owner had the car parked outside and trees dumped leaves on the car. My F11 is garaged so when I took my cover off there was no water mark and very little in the way of crud but there was some - and mine hadn't leaked.

 

Now, open the bonnet, stand at the nearside wing looking down between engine and inside wheel arch and pour water on the windscreen. You should see that water enter the grill at the top and eject on top of the engine undershield/cover. If that is the case then all is well. 

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Thanks everybody for the help I'm new to the forum and all the replies,and all  of post and Quote where really helpful. I will attach some video and pictures to help, water leak rear passenger footwell F10, my water leak problem was coming from this yellow grommet under the glove box, there was a lot of dry leaves the blocking up the hole for the water to escape, there are two ways you can get at it, 1) is through the engine compartment you have to have small hands, 2) underneath the car taking out the centre panel it's a longer process but an easier way to get at it.

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Goody2238, thanks for sharing the part code, I'm still getting water in the footwell after all the remediation works suggested here. It only occurs when driving in heavy rain. I want to replace just to be sure. How do you get the blanking plate out from engine bay side?

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 torx sockets

 

1 hour ago, bigshout said:

Goody2238, thanks for sharing the part code, I'm still getting water in the footwell after all the remediation works suggested here. It only occurs when driving in heavy rain. I want to replace just to be sure. How do you get the blanking plate out from engine bay side?

 

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2 hours ago, bigshout said:

Goody2238, thanks for sharing the part code, I'm still getting water in the footwell after all the remediation works suggested here. It only occurs when driving in heavy rain. I want to replace just to be sure. How do you get the blanking plate out from engine bay side?

 

Why not just seal the yellow grommet that's already in place via the acoustic cover in the engine bay using some automotive silicone? As I understand it the grommet pops off to the interior of the car so you need to get up behind the glovebox to access the backside of the grommet. 

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Sep 2012 F10 530d cover. My dads car.

 

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Revealed.

 

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Yup, pretty grim and evidence of a tide mark.

 

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Build up behind cover

 

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It took three attempts to get all four bolts lined up on re-assembly the one that goes in at an angle into the inner wing was quite tricky to line up.

 

My Jan 2013 535i

 

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And no surprises....

 

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A lot of muck and again a tidemark

 

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Much the same amount of muck as under my dads cover.

 

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Cleaned up

 

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Tools that we used.  The 3/8" ratchet was just a bit big to move around but I found it worked well with the universal joint to get to the initial loosen on the bolt shown above with the smaller ratchet in it.    The Torx screwdriver was only really useful for getting the lower bolt on the bulkhead. Torx size is T30

 

Both cars are over 5 years old.  My dads car spent to the first year of its life as a BMW GB car so presumably down south somewhere.  Mine has spent its first three years in Aberdeen. 

 

Neither have been garaged.

 

Neither of them had wet carpets.

 

We will repeat in a years time or so.

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21 minutes ago, bmwmike said:

How do you find the 530d compared to your 535i Andrew?

 

It terms of this job, it was probably in better condition than mine which I reckon is due to the fact it spent its first year of life in more exotic climates such as Guildford. 

 

But it is relentless in driving thanks to the "T" word which we won't mention, I think the 530d has slightly heavier steering, mine is way too light.  My dad has pro nav, a rear boot lid spoiler, full electric seats and privacy glass none of which I have and of course wish mine had.  I have the 3AC towbar which my dad is insanely jealous off (we retro fitted a detachable Westfalia to his) and split folding rear seats which I have used far more often than I have needed nav or fully electric seats.

 

Its horses for courses, but I know with a wry smile that mine is better cos, its far rarer. ;)

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3 minutes ago, nashdm2 said:

Did you do any future preventative modifications on the covers Andrew?

 

No.

 

The only thing we did was file out the bolt hole on my dads cover that we struggled to line up.  You could see that the bolt had marked the cover implying that the cover was not perpendicular to the bolt.

 

We will remove both in a years time to check.

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1 hour ago, 535i Andrew said:

 

It terms of this job, it was probably in better condition than mine which I reckon is due to the fact it spent its first year of life in more exotic climates such as Guildford. 

 

But it is relentless in driving thanks to the "T" word which we won't mention, I think the 530d has slightly heavier steering, mine is way too light.  My dad has pro nav, a rear boot lid spoiler, full electric seats and privacy glass none of which I have and of course wish mine had.  I have the 3AC towbar which my dad is insanely jealous off (we retro fitted a detachable Westfalia to his) and split folding rear seats which I have used far more often than I have needed nav or fully electric seats.

 

Its horses for courses, but I know with a wry smile that mine is better cos, its far rarer. ;)

 

What's the T word, turbo?   How do you find the 3.0d engine to the n55?

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You should cut the little bit of seal off and file the panel smooth there like a few of us have done. I have a little pile of debris on the engine under sheild where the panel is draining properly now and letting most of the rubbish out.

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11 hours ago, bmwmike said:

 

What's the T word, turbo?   How do you find the 3.0d engine to the n55?

 

No the other "T" word that sparked off a massive debate on here that ended up talking about 2CVs with massive reduction gearboxes .....;)

 

The 3.0d will keep going all day with effortless cruising, loads of shove for overtaking. I wouldn't be able to do anything in the 530d that I couldn't do in mine. Apart from having to drive it for 30 miles at motorway speeds every so often.

 

The petrol engine is crisper and just a bit more zingy and engaging to drive with, and while the 3.0d is leagues above the 2.0d in terms of noise, smoothness and refinement, it's just doesn't have the same satisfying snarling growl when giving it plenty as my N55 gives on full chat.

 

I don't do the mileage to warranty the oil burner but to quote Richard Hammond after he reviewed the F10 M5, "save yourself a wad of cash and buy the 530d it's all the 5 Series you'll ever need."

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