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We have now named our Kuga Puddles, the car is 09 bought new and has 3000 m on the clock. In the last week it has decided to fill the passenger footwell with water. The local dealer took the veh in to investigate and found a large leak coming in the rear of the roof! we advised them that the car faces bonnet up on the drive so we didn't think this was right but took the car anyway. next day front footwell full of water, took car in again now saying they have another Kuga in with same fault and they have to take dash out to fix. Has anyone else got a (puddles) or are we just unlucky? We are obviously very unhappy that the dash has to come out as this is major work with the possibility that the car will never be the same again. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Mine's started doin it in passenger footwell, il let you know wot they say. mk1 tit 4wd
 

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It's a good job ford don't make boats. If they did there would be a lot more debris at the bottom of our lakes, rivers and oceans.
 

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We have now named our Kuga Puddles, the car is 09 bought new and has 3000 m on the clock. In the last week it has decided to fill the passenger footwell with water. The local dealer took the veh in to investigate and found a large leak coming in the rear of the roof! we advised them that the car faces bonnet up on the drive so we didn't think this was right but took the car anyway. next day front footwell full of water, took car in again now saying they have another Kuga in with same fault and they have to take dash out to fix. Has anyone else got a (puddles) or are we just unlucky? We are obviously very unhappy that the dash has to come out as this is major work with the possibility that the car will never be the same again. Any feedback would be appreciated.
I have a similar problem with mine, been on a few forums & the general consensus is the pollen filter needs changing, it's a pain in the bum to do apparently but it has a seal on it that leaks if you don't change it & as it's such a pain to do gets left, hope this helps
 

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Pollen filter is a ten-minute job and there are plenty of YouTube step-by-step guides.
 

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Just recently bought myself a mk1 Kuga. I have since found myself in the wet feet brigade. Appears to be a small water stain on the roofliner above the drivers door (annoyed I didn't spot it when buying it but hey ho am happy with the car otherwise so not too annoyed)

With regards to the roof rail I don't have a roof rack fitted just the plastic roof strips. Is it a case of just peeling them up from the back, cleaning the area and sealing it down?
 

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Just recently bought myself a mk1 Kuga. I have since found myself in the wet feet brigade. Appears to be a small water stain on the roofliner above the drivers door (annoyed I didn't spot it when buying it but hey ho am happy with the car otherwise so not too annoyed)

With regards to the roof rail I don't have a roof rack fitted just the plastic roof strips. Is it a case of just peeling them up from the back, cleaning the area and sealing it down?

Got it in one, I would also check the sealing at the top of the windscreen.
 

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Got it in one, I would also check the sealing at the top of the windscreen.
Thanks for that, got round to working on it. Found a leak path in the roof strip, Sealed that & round the windscreen so wait and see how that works once cured, also took the scuttle rail off and found the sealant on the bulkhead was cracked, so redid that.

Also stripped the carpets out so they can dry properly, in doing so found another leak point where someone had decided they needed access to the fuel pump and had (with what looked like an angle grinder) cut themselves a approx 100x100mm hole under the rear seat base. they had only cut it 3 sides so bent it back into place and have tried to seal round that up to as was wet there, may need to get a plate to fit over the top and seal as not that confident in the repair on that one... (doubt that's a common leak point though) Photo attached....
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Probably not a common leak point as not every Kuga has been 'lucky' enough to be previously owned by a numpty with an angle grinder!

Glad you are getting there mate.
 

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My Kuga is officially waterproof. It seems at least, fully dried out and no signs of new puddles in the rain so just need to find the time to put the interior back together.
 

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Well done mate, yours is 'one of the few' totally dry Mk.1s
 

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I have a 2011 Kuga Titanium and have had no water ingress problems since I purchased it 9 yers ago, it is a fine car. About a month ago, before the deluge, I took the vehicle to a brushless VHP car wash and found water in the passenger footwell. I thought I had left the front nearside window not fully closed. I paid a second visit to the carwash after the last Deluge, Storm Jodie. This time both footwells were soaked beneath the carpets. The local dealership is not interested. There was no water ingress from storm Jodie. There was between 0.5 and 1 litre from each side

This may be of help to you. Required:
Stanley Knife, 2 packs of absorbent dish cloths. Small Fan heater. Power Extension Cable. Set of heavy duty Kuga Car Mats to fit clips on driver side. Trainer Tamer shoe deodoriser.
Wedges, I used small dustpan brushes to allow airflow.

Method:
Make a transverse cut at the rear of the footwell taking care not to damage the Drivers mat anchor points. Make a second cut longitudinal (fore and aft) to coincide with the centre of each mat. The Felt underneath will be sodden wet like a peat bog.

Sponge out as much water as you can using the Dishcloths. You will need to wring them out and tumble dry them. The waste I found was clear and bright, like Harveys Ale! I used the tumble dryer to recycle the dishcloths. Once as much water was removed as possible, I set about drying the very absorbent felt and soundproofing under the carpet.

This is how it was done: Wedge air circulation gaps between the car floor/felt and felt/top carpet. I the suspended a small fan heater on low heating power in the following way.
Thread a cable tie through the rear of the fan mesh where the air is drawn in with airflow pointing towards the lifted carpet.

Using a second cable tie around the seat slide adjustment bar secure the fan pointing at 45 degrees down towards the carpet gap. Once it was set up keep changing the dishcloths and drying them. It took about 6 hours to dry each side.

Once completed I used trainer tamer spray to improve the smell but is also kills the bacteria that causes the smell.

Replace the heavy duty carpets on top of the access points. Good luck it is cheap and practical.

Yours Aye Capn Rog, sinking ship Kuga!
 

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There was much rejoicing! Just had 12 hours continuous heavy rain. No water ingress at all. The Brushless Very High Pressure Washer obviously breached the seals somewhere.
My Kuga boat is till afloat.
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