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leak inside sliding door

Before we insulated the van with thinsulate we used a garden hose to give the whole vehicle a shower and check for leaks. We had already removed the clear plastic covering, behind the panels, on the sliding and rear doors. Found a leak in the sliding door. Water was dripping near the front of the door (behind the passenger seat) and seemed to be coming down from the height of the door handle, at least. Dried it up and tried directing water at the door again and it leaked again. The door handle looks well sealed from the outside, but maybe it's leaking?

We took it to the dealer and he told us it's normal to have water in the door and that there are drain holes at the bottom. The van is still with the dealer so I haven't had a chance to ask him to show me the drain holes yet. Drain holes or no I'm skeptical about this much water getting in there. Has anyone else experienced this? Does it sound right?

For what it's worth I did notice drain holes at the bottom of the rear doors but there were no leaks in them during our shower test. I would guess that the drain holes are there for when the doors are left open in the rain, not for water intrusion from the outside of the closed up van.

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Double check that it's not comming from the roof and channeling down the pillar.

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Normal to have water in the door? I am skeptical.
If Ford is designing van doors to have water in them I am nervous about the order I just placed. I can see how Ford would place weep holes in the door in case water accidently got in there but I can't believe it is "normal" to have water in the door.

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Normal to have water in the door? I am skeptical.
If Ford is designing van doors to have water in them I am nervous about the order I just placed. I can see how Ford would place weep holes in the door in case water accidently got in there but I can't believe it is "normal" to have water in the door.
It wouldn't be uncommon to have water in the slider if it's left open when it was raining. It would be uncommon to have water in it from something like going through a car wash.

The most common leak points are the in the roof seams and rack mount point plugs. A good cleaning with acetone and a small wire detail brush followed by a bead of good sealant can fix that.

When those roof leak points do leak they tend to follow the roof supports. If its the ones near the side door like mine was then it can show up on the inside of the door.

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I don't think it's coming from the roof because we dried everything off and then only aimed water at the door. I have to admit I wasn't thinking about it coming in from the roof though. I'll test it again and report back. Thanks for the suggestions.

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Well, we sprayed water on the slider door handle again today and this time we didn't let anything else get wet so we could see that it's definitely the door handle that's leaking. It's not a small leak either. It looks like the rubber behind the hard plastic handle is not held tightly against the door. I think that's probably why it leaks.

The dealer service department we originally went to told us the leak was "normal" (arghh, that makes me angry!) so we'll be taking it to a different dealer next week.

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Tom here, Terri's husband....

Well, we have spoken to four dealers now and three of the four say that water leaking into the door handle is normal and the door is designed to take on water and allow it to drain out the weep holes in the bottom. The fourth is still investigating.

We wonder if using silicone or some type of sealant to prevent water from leaking through the handle is a good idea or will we cause problems with the mechanics of door handle mechanism??

Maybe, insulation in the sliding door is a bad idea since it will probably hold moisture and likely create rust???

At this point, I would bet that our van is not unique and that all Ford Transit doors will take on water during a car wash and likely during a drive in the rain as well. I know.....that's hard to believe!

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Tom here, Terri's husband....

Well, we have spoken to four dealers now and three of the four say that water leaking into the door handle is normal and the door is designed to take on water and allow it to drain out the weep holes in the bottom. The fourth is still investigating.

We wonder if using silicone or some type of sealant to prevent water from leaking through the handle is a good idea or will we cause problems with the mechanics of door handle mechanism??

Maybe, insulation in the sliding door is a bad idea since it will probably hold moisture and likely create rust???

At this point, I would bet that our van is not unique and that all Ford Transit doors will take on water during a car wash and likely during a drive in the rain as well. I know.....that's hard to believe!
Keep in mind that almost all autos that have windows that roll down will allow some water to enter door. Just don't plug the weep holes.

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Tom here, Terri's husband....

Well, we have spoken to four dealers now and three of the four say that water leaking into the door handle is normal and the door is designed to take on water and allow it to drain out the weep holes in the bottom. The fourth is still investigating.

We wonder if using silicone or some type of sealant to prevent water from leaking through the handle is a good idea or will we cause problems with the mechanics of door handle mechanism??

Maybe, insulation in the sliding door is a bad idea since it will probably hold moisture and likely create rust???

At this point, I would bet that our van is not unique and that all Ford Transit doors will take on water during a car wash and likely during a drive in the rain as well. I know.....that's hard to believe!
Tom, if you look at the door handle design, it can't be sealed from external elements. The only thing you could do would to remove it, bolt a handle to it and then use a solenoid to open the door. I don't have any problems with mine allowing water into the vehicle where I don't want it. My van's sitting outside and my yard sump pumps are going full blast. It's about as wet as it's ever going to get here and the van is dry inside. If your concern is rust then get a can of flex seal and coat the inside of the door.

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