Trunk Leak discussion thread.
I'm starting this thread as a reference for anybody who has the same problem I did and performs a search.
I've been dealing with a water leak for a few months in my '96. I would frequently find 1" of standing water in the trunk well where the spare resides.
I yanked out all the carpet and planned to take care of it later. Well, I didn't realize that the point of ingress for the water allowed it to spill into the cabin as well as the trunk.
The source is where the quarter panels meet with the cross piece under the rear window. The leak had nothing to do with the trunk lid, rear glass, weatherstripping or taillights. There is a very fine crack in the paint where that quarter panel joint is, and it led right into the trunk.
As a result, the water would drip directly onto the highest point of the wheel well, which would allow it to roll into the back seat during braking or if parked on a hill.
I had no idea it was this bad, but all of the insulation and foam for the rear seats was dripping wet when I removed it. The same is true for the insulation on the passenger side floor pans. The water simply wicked its way through the lining and carpet via capillary action.
However, nothing stinks and I didn't know about it until I picked up something off the floor behind the seat and found it was damp.
I assume it's been like this for months, so now I'm worried about mold. Any ideas on this?
I'm creating this thread after spending the entire morning gutting the interior and sticking the driver's seat (only) back into the car. The rear seat, passenger seat and all of the carpet is in the driveway. I think the seats should dry out, but the carpet may be shot.
How long does it take for mold spores to develop? Should I decontaminate the HVAC system?
Any other thoughts?
1996 Mercury Cougar XR7
4.6 - Dynomax-Equipped - Tranny Cooler - 3.27 T/L - 125k Miles