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Talk Cars
“The Tappet Brothers’’

By Ray Magliozzi

My LincoLn Town car can’T
weaTher The sTorMs

Dear Car Talk:

separate from the drain. In that
How can I stop rainwater case, the water does the same
from getting on the floor behind thing and obeys gravity.
the front passenger seat of a
So, I’d ask your mechanic to
2009 Lincoln Town Car?
check your moon roof drains.
No other place gets wet.
Actually, once I found that
some water had seeped into
the front seat floor after a twoday rainfall, but I think it was
overflow from the back seat
area. -- Margo
There are three prime
suspects in your case, Margo.
One is the two-liter bottle of
Evian water that you left under
the seat three years ago. But,
if we eliminate that possibility,
the prime suspect is a clogged
moon roof drain.
In order to delay moon roofs
from leaking (they all leak
create water channels around
the moon roof. Those channels
usually have four drains, one in
each corner. Those drains are
attached to tubes that run down
inside the roof pillars and drain
underneath the car.
Over time, one of several
things can happen to screw
up this wonderful feat of
engineering. Twigs, leaves
and squirrel droppings can
clog up the drains. The water
has nowhere to go but into
the headliner and then into
the passenger compartment
of the car.

He’ll test them and see if water
is draining properly. If not, he
can try to gently blow them
out with compressed air, which
may fix the problem.
If your moon roof drains are
all working perfectly (which
they’re probably not), the
next suspect would be the
rubber seals around the rear
passenger door. If part of the
seal that’s designed to keep
water, wind and noise out got
torn or damaged, that could
allow water to seep in around
that door and get on the floor
back there.
It’s going to be one of those
two things, Margo, so get them
checked out. Then you can
write back to us and ask us how
to get a horrific smell out of a
2009 Lincoln Town Car that had
a long-term water leak.
Got a question about cars?
Write to Ray in care of King
Features, 628 Virginia Drive,
Orlando, FL 32803, or email
by visiting the Car Talk
website at
(c) 2018 by Ray Magliozzi
and Doug Berman

The other thing we’ve seen
is that the tube can become
disconnected and actually Features Syndicate, Inc.


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