Leaking rainwater into the interior!

Leaking rainwater into the interior!

Postby 0dysseus [OP] » March 7th 2014, 4:02pm

Hi Guys and Gals, I'm new to this blog, I'm also new to Astro Vans in that I just bought one last month (a 98 RWD, extended cab). I love this van and i bought in less-than-ideal condition but it was still a steal for $1600 w/100k miles. So far I've replaced the shocks, battery housing, spark plugs and wires, a few hoses, changed the oil etc. I want to customize the interior, the floor matting is soaking wet and nasty and so I tore it out, however, this leads to the more important question of where the water is coming from. In addition to disgusting floor matting, the rear passenger side of the headliner is soaking wet (as it had rained last night) and now i must fix this problem because I got this van for the purpose of having to travel alot for my job, and wanting to avoid sleeping in motels, and so i will customize my space here. Though I can't do jack in the interior until I get this problem taken care of. I completely lack instruction and knowledge for this problem and I want to seek, diagnose, and destroy the problem so I can move on in transforming the van into a camper. As far as I can tell, there are two regions for water entry: 1) the rear passenger side of the headliner, all along the passenger side, but not extending to the sliding door (behind it, rather). 2) the rear door, passenger side, has a window that is slightly ajar (an easy fix? adhesive foam and a clamp?) It seems that only a minimal amount of water can come in through the rear window, so I am mostly concerned with where and how to begin with the roof leak.
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Re: Leaking rainwater into the interior!

Postby WoodButcher » March 8th 2014, 3:28am

Got a roof rack?
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Re: Leaking rainwater into the interior!

Postby 0dysseus [OP] » March 12th 2014, 3:59pm

Hi. No, I don't have a roofrack, however I pulled one off of a 97 Astro in junkyard and I'll be putting it on my 98 today- I figured it would be a good job to do while I have the headliner down, so I can have access in applying silicone sealant to wherever needed. I suspect its leaking from the weatherstripping on the passenger side, since it is old and the underlying sealant that was likely applied while manufactured has now lost its integrity and has many apparent cracks and fissures.
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Re: Leaking rainwater into the interior!

Postby Silverhawk » March 12th 2014, 4:04pm

When you get the headliner out have someone use a garden hose and spray water on the roof. You should be able to tell where the water is getting in.
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Re: Leaking rainwater into the interior!

Postby kennysmoke » March 12th 2014, 4:32pm

I had that problem on my '97... ended up being a bad seal on the upper corner of the windshield traveling back...
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