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Old 05-07-2003, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you do when it rains in your car...

After 9 years of driving it finally happened. I left my windows down and it rained (big time!) in my car. The kind of rainstorm that knocks your garbage cans over and fills the upturned lids with 3 gallons of water type rainstorm. The seats and floor are soaked and cluster area and steering wheel look like someone went at it with a fire hose. Should I simply wet vac everything? Will that not get everything under the carpet and will it start to rust under there as well as mold and start to smell? Should I take the trouble to remove the carpeting and get everything really dry?

At least it was in my $1500 beater and not my Subaru or something
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Old 05-07-2003, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If there are pools of water in the passenger compartment, I'd shop vac the excess water up. And then leave it outside with all the doors open for a few days to air it out and get it totally dried out. Mold and rust will not start forming unless you leave it wet for days at a time. Just get it dried out ASAP.

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Old 05-07-2003, 10:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^^^^^^^yep

I left my sunroof open for one of thoes. Shop vac the excess water and leave all doors, windows, trunk open, until it dries out.
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Old 05-07-2003, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Last car being a samurai....i know about rain issues .

Id put it in your garage ben, open EVERYTHING and vac it the let it set for a few days. If you have a de humidifer id put it near the car. If not...dont worry too bad just open the garage door from time to time to exchange the air. Point a fan in the car too.

If you are worried id pull the seats and let them dry out of the car. only problem i ever had with the sam was the foam in the seats disintergrating after getting soaked so many times.
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Old 05-07-2003, 11:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Garage would be the best choice! Get that se-r dry!
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Old 05-07-2003, 11:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Id put it in your garage ben, open EVERYTHING and vac it the let it set for a few days. If you have a de humidifer id put it near the car. If not...dont worry too bad just open the garage door from time to time to exchange the air. Point a fan in the car too.

If you are worried id pull the seats and let them dry out of the car.
Yeah, I'd remove as much as you can in the garage and then blow a fan through the car.
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Old 05-07-2003, 12:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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anyone think about using a hair dryer, my friend had a habit of leaving his windows down in his driveway, and his neighbors had a habit of having a misdirected sprinkler, assholes. but what he would do on one of those occasions is bust out a hair dryer on his seat till he was willing to sit on it, then drive around with the windows down. just a thought
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Old 05-07-2003, 12:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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HAHAAAAHAHAAAAHHAHAAA~!!!! LOL!! You FOOL!

Just Kidding I'd do what everbody else is saying... shop vac, open everything, and when the sun comes out park it outside in the sun, but it doesn't look like that will be happening today.



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yeah same happened to me with the sun roof open I took the seats out put them infront of this heater thing we have and sprayed lysol in the carpeting since lysol kills 99.9% of germ in seconds, and these are the germs that cause mold and mildew
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Old 05-07-2003, 10:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Pull the carpet, seats and floormats and use a steam vac on them.

Then spray lysol or bleach and water on the floors to kill any possible mildew.

That not only will help, but will freshen up the interior at the same time.
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Old 05-07-2003, 10:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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time to gut the car
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Time to buy that '95 SE-R my bro was trying to sell to you! I would use Lysol or other cleaner that kills mildew, then spray fabreeze on the fabric to get rid of any odor. My seats don't smell funky and i've done the same thing-more than once.
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Ben, these are signs of old age, go get some brain pills
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Welp, had the fan sitting in the trunk blowing in the interior of the car (no back seat ) with the seat backs all the way down "flat" since about lunchtime yesterday until this morning. Drove it to work and my ass is dry, so looks like it's ok. I don't have time to mess with it otherwise since MEclassic's swap is this weekend, so maybe next week. Thanks for the tips except for Fast91SER though :p
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try maybe to some mild rustproofing
or else you can get premature rust poping out
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Old 05-08-2003, 11:31 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I would get some carpet mildew prevenative and spray the floor just to be safe. It will prevent it from forming just if case. I have seen that happen even if they owner is carefull about drying the car.
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