We’ve recently had extremely heavy rains. My Lincoln has mysteriously developed a major leak…in the right, rear (passenger) footwell only! No, I’m not making this up. At worst, the leak makes an actual puddle on the floor. At best, the carpeting is damp to soaked, though with no standing water. There is no other water on any of the other three footwells.
Where does the rain water come from? The roof of the floor is completely dry. The inside of the right side passenger door is completely dry. The rear seat is dry, so it can’t be coming in the rear back window. It almost seems like the rain water is defying gravity, and coming up from under the seat. There is a fairly small scrape on the R front passenger door, but (a) it’s the front door, and (b) it doesn’t seem like it’s a deep enough scrap to let water through. And the R front passenger door inside is also dry.
I place towels over the water, and can literally wring water out of the towels. The back of the car window has condensation on it some of the time.
Does anyone have any idea as to the water source? Is the carpet likely to mildew over time? Will baking soda help keep from molding? Are there any electronics underneath the footwell, so as to make the car at risk?
I prefer not to go to dealer or the local body shop-very expensive. I called Lincoln’s 800# and the guy had no clue. I described it to my usual car service place, and they said they don’t do this. Anyone have any thoughts on the water source, the best way to get it fixed, as well as specific answers to my other questions?