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Old 04-04-2019, 01:17 PM
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Water in floorboards

Does anyone have any videos of repairs done to the seam between the cowl and firewall? Iím having an issue with water in my floorboards and I think Iíve narrowed it down to that. Also am stumped trying to figure out how to take the cowl off.. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance
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Does anyone have any videos of repairs done to the seam between the cowl and firewall? Iím having an issue with water in my floorboards and I think Iíve narrowed it down to that. Also am stumped trying to figure out how to take the cowl off.. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance
specific vehicle info might be helpful. the 84-88 era (89 for 4runners) water in the floorboards commonly comes from a leaking windshield frame or the gutter around the side windows.
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Old 04-04-2019, 04:16 PM
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Thanks for the reply, Sorry.. Itís a 1988 Toyota pickup 4x4 2 door with solid door windows, I had dang near a book typed out about what was going on with it earlier and my phone decided to delete it so I went with the short version. Anyhow, the windshield is the prime suspect as of right now but Iím concerned about it possibly being the seam where my cowl, fender and firewall meet. (Just because Iíve read that other people are having issues with that and I always assume the worst) Iíve checked my AC drain and havenít turned my heat on so I figure itís not my heater core and eliminate of those possibilities. My windshield gasket on the passenger side is basically non existant but Iím having it replaced within the next week so if it continues to leak Iíll know if itís the seam or not. Itís rained all day today and when I pulled it into the garage to fool around with it I noticed water on the driver and passenger side had water in the upper corners. Iím just looking for a video or a little more information on how the seam repair is done IF I need to do it. Thanks!
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:54 PM
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AC drain already? And I thought today was nice when we hit 55*. Probably your windshield gasket, I wrote a few posts about fixing it here years ago, do a username search.
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Sunroof?
Drains blocked?
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Old 04-05-2019, 04:26 AM
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Donít have a sun roof. I checked the AC drain and it was clear. Iím waiting on windshield trim to be shipped then Iím going to have new windshield and gasket put in. Iíll look for your posts. Thanks!
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It is almost always the windshield in those trucks, and about the only way I ever see it fixed is to have a new windshield installed. Not cheap but at least a simple fix.
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Originally Posted by bearcat2 View Post
It is almost always the windshield in those trucks, and about the only way I ever see it fixed is to have a new windshield installed. Not cheap but at least a simple fix.
No way man. If you're relying on the installer's bead of polyurethane to seal out water, you're in for more leaks at least 50% of the time. New gasket might slow a leak but will still let enough water in to rot the steel. Read the link I posted above yours. Takes a couple hours and less than $20 to fix it permanently, no new windshield necessary.
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:53 PM
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Most common root cause is rusted through windshield mounting area and/or surrounding, although mine was cause by poor seal in the gutter above the door frame.
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... My windshield gasket on the passenger side is basically non existant...
You have a gasket, not a chrome trim? In the U.S.A. the gasket or the chrome trim does not seal nor hold the the windshield; it is just superficial trim. If you do not want to remove the windshield for full-pledged rust repair, I suggest you carefully and thoroughly remove the gasket, clean and patch accessible rust spots, and fill gap with Silicone (Dow-Corning 795/995 as, IIRC it does not acetic acid. but rather phosphoric acid that is actually used to convert rust to inactive material), IIRC) as jbtvt did.
I also filled gap on mine after first windshield replacement, but did not do so after second replacement (long story on my thread).

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Just an update, I got the windshield replaced two days ago with the chrome trim (Iím a sucker for the original look although it may not be the best choice) and am planning on getting silicone to fill any gaps between the trim and windshield. It rained today and I looked just to see if the leak had stopped or not and to my dismay there was water on the driver side floorboards but the passenger side was dry! Iíll take that as a win but now on to checking the seam between the cowl and firewall for pin holes. Will update again when I get it apart!
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Also check seal on your gutter above doors. That's where my leak came from. Poor design. A gutter should merely be welded on the outside like the A-pillar gutter, so even if seam seal fails it wouls not leak into the interior.
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