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A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE
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There is water leaking into the front passenger side floor

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there is water leaking into the front passenger side floor board on my 2001 Ford Excursion. I suspect it is coming from the window seal area above the grab handle as the water appears to be dripping from the grab handle on the A-pillar, but I may be wrong. this a common issue and is there an easy fix you can recommend? We do not have a sunroof. There also appears to be rust on the exterior top of the metal above the windshield and on the passenger side rocker panel under the right front (passenger) door.
JA: What part of the car is the leak coming from? Have you checked the hoses?
Customer: Not coming from under the dash or the engine compartment. I think it is higher up on the vehicle.
JA: What is the model of your '01 Ford?
Customer: Excursion limited 4x4 deisel (7.3l)
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes I do most work myself. Just wondering if this was a common issue and therefore there was a commen repair recommendation.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: No other
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  A. Penland replied 3 months ago.

We have seen windshield seals leak, but if you have rust forming at the top of the passenger side of the windshield, more than likely, there is rust building up under the windshield. You can tape the area off and use a water hose to test for the leak to see if it is stopped. The only common problem we have seen is leaks caused by sunroof drain tubes stopping up. Not from rust.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
If the tape works, what should I do for a more permanent fix? Wife doesn't like idea of tape on top of the car as a complete solution... is a windshield seal something avg shadetree mechanic can complete or should I consider caulk of some sort. I have a feeling that wouldn't look great either, unless you have a good recommendation on best way to do that. I would like to do the work myself.
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I can get a few pics to you tomorrow if that would help.
Expert:  A. Penland replied 3 months ago.

The windshield seal is part of the windshield along with the urethane they use to seal the windshield to the vehicle. But, yes please send pictures. Post them on this page.