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  1. Re: Water is leaking into the boot of my A3 Cabriolet and I have no idea where from - PLEASE HELP 
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    thank you for this post!
    I got parking sensors fitted so time ago and was hoping to check this vent out back then thinking theyd take the bumper off. They didnt so i have just ignored it until i had the time, tools and better weather to do it but im glad youve said this before i attempted to remove the bumper!
    I will, at some stage, have a look into this wheel arch and sort it out.
    When i do get round to it i will post here to say what happened.
    once again thank you for letting me know about this
     
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  2. Re: Water is leaking into the boot of my A3 Cabriolet and I have no idea where from - PLEASE HELP 
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    Hi there, we have a 2012 Golf Cabriolet (Same Car) we have heard water sloshing around in the back for a few months during the winter, looked in the boot after finding this post this morning and found water in the left hand side like yours. The air vent is stated like yours but the right hand drivers side is fine so is a common fault.

    I took out the rubber bungs and drilled four small holes in them to let any future water out, im not taking the number off unless i need to as it has park assist and reverse sensors all over it.

    See my photos of the same problem and the holes i drilled in the rubber caps, if it becomes a problem having holes drilled in the caps i will report back to this post.

    There was a small puddle in the left handsome which has now drained out, if you zoom in to the picture of the plastic cap you will see the small holes.

    The water sloshing around was really bad about 2 months ago in January 2018 but now its stopped so this must have been the problem.

    The spare wheel was also wet and a bit rusty so hopefully this problem has now been resolved. They don't make the cars like they used to, our car was brand new and has done less than 30000 from new and has had a few faults, juddering DSG gearbox (Not Resolved), brake servo hose split, ABS rear right wheel sensor broke, now the flood.



    Quote Originally Posted by Malik1 View Post
    Hi guys

    So I brought an A3 cabriolet S Line beginning of August, haven’t had many problems with it, until the weather changed… I normally keep all my footwear in my boot all in their shoe boxes, after a long weekend of rain, Monday morning came and I needed the extra boot space so I moved all the shoe boxes into my house. To my surprise all the shoe boxes at the bottom were destroyed, completely soggy and flimsy and not in use, luckily the trainers are ok however the car is not. It is leaking from somewhere and I have no idea where.

    This did happen some time ago and I just kept some of the shoe boxes inside my house and waited for a heavy raining day so I can work out where the leak is coming from. All the times it rained the floor of the boot was damp but wasn’t evident as to where it came from.

    Until yesterday, when it snowed, the floor was soaked, see pictures below. The bottom left and right corner seems to be where its coming from, left side being wetter and even possibly the top right corner where the back seats are.

    I did run my hand around the walls of the boot to see if they were wet, they weren't. however, the bottom left corner, up at the top (see the last picture for reference) was wet and it could possibly be coming from here.


    Attachment 32385Attachment 32386Attachment 32387this last picture is a bit hard to work out but it is the top left-hand side of the boot opening, it's not visible in this picture but it did appear to be wet here.Attachment 32388
    I have seen online it could be the backlight fitting not secure, just from looking them seem fine. If any of you could give advice on how to check this that would be great.

    I have limited mechanical knowledge but regardless I have no idea where or how the water is getting, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Re: Water is leaking into the boot of my A3 Cabriolet and I have no idea where from - PLEASE HELP 
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    It is not really the answer to drill holes to let water out it should not be there in the first place I have tried to get access to panel with USB camera to find the leak but very difficult as the hood motor is blocking access I have taken the wheel arch liner off and looked at the drain tube I did post some photographs but they seem to have disappeared, I still have the issue if I only partly close the hood and run water down the hood drain channel I get no water in so the channel is taking the water no leak there, but this was when the wheel arch liner was removed, at that time when running water over the hood no leak into the rear NS corner this was after cleaning out the drain tube so I thought that this had resolved the issue, but it appeared again after replacing the wheel arch cover, there are about 10 screws holding the liner on each having a plastic plug into the body panel so my thoughts are that the water might be coming in through one of these or that the sealing of the drain tube is not quite right so I will start the process over again to try and get it resolved. My local Audi wanted £700 to strip the back of the car out just to tell me how much it would cot to repair.
    It's a difficult problem there are only a few post with this issue, so no real definitive fix and know one seems to finish off posts on a positive note, I keep the car covered now in some respects it keeps it clean and our local cats do not sit on the soft top any more so it's a fine day car lucky we have. I will readdress the issue and intend to seal all drain tubes and plastic fixing plugs which take the screws of the wheel arch liner and hope that cures the issue.
     
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