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Air Filter Nightmare

Just returned from servicing air filter at Ford Dealer on 3.7L Transit Van, and was informed that the air filter was saturated with water. Seems that every time it rains or snows, water will be diverted directly to the air filter box. Ford is aware of the issue, and has not offered a solution.

I suggest that all owners call Ford at 1-800-392-FORD with their concerns
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Just returned from servicing air filter at Ford Dealer on 3.7L Transit Van, and was informed that the air filter was saturated with water. Seems that every time it rains or snows, water will be diverted directly to the air filter box. Ford is aware of the issue, and has not offered a solution.

I suggest that all owners call Ford at 1-800-392-FORD with their concerns
Thanks for the heads up, and welcome to the forum. Is there any chance that the flexible air tube/hose/duct was not clamped to the air filter housing correctly, and that water got in that way?

Could you post a photo of the area in question, which is described in the owner's manual here:

http://www.manualslib.com/manual/745...age=227#manual

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Appears there are multiple points of entry. 1. the gap between windshield and hood near antenna, 2. joint in wiper tray near drainage hole not totally sealed, 3. gasket between hood and wiper tray not water tight.

There is a drainage/diverter tray beneath the left side (drivers) side drain hole, but none on the right (over the air filter), a major omission in my humble opinion, and not so difficult to remedy by Ford it would seem. At the risk of being redundant, Ford is aware of the issue, with no remedy thus far.

Again, calls to Ford ASAP would be indicated (squeaky wheel).
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Update- It's raining here in beautiful Michigan, and the windshield wiper cowl is leaking like a sieve on the passenger side, right over, and on the air filter housing. The joint next to the drain plug (which is draining anemically) is poorly sealed and the main culprit. Plenty of water ingress directly off the windshield as well.

The drivers side diverter tray is working like a charm. The Ford mechanic rigged up a temporary 'diverter' to shunt most of the water away from the filter, until Ford 'engineers remedy the issue.
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Any diesel owners reporting the same issue??
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Holy Moly... just checked mine. Yup, it's pouring in. Sweet Jebus, Ford, what where you thinking??
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The saga continues- Just contacted by Fords regional rep., who shall remain nameless, saying she was sorry about my trouble with the Transit CONNECT!??!!, assuring me the 'engineers' are hot on the trail with a remedy in the offing.

I cleared the small tube leading from the minuscule drain hole, prone to icing and debris in the best of scenerios, waiting for dry weather to seal the joint adjacent. Again, the diverting apparatus seems like the only feasible solution, with multiple avenues for water ingress to engine department.

Sorry to be a negative Nellie (an indication of my age), being generally satisfied by the Transit, but this glaring oversight is troubling.
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Any chance of a photo showing the major entry points, maybe by using some yellow safety tape etc. to represent the path water can take? A shot from above the hood and wiper cowl/shroud to set the scene would be great. My Wagon is due soon, and I want to be able to inspect it thoroughly before I accept delivery.

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yep, my filter is wet too. But there's a little piece of the filter that doesn't actually flow air and that is water logged. I need to take a picture of this. My old Focus had a water ingress issue that the dealer eventually took care of. This is NUTS! so much for their weather-testing
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PeterR- not versed in the intricacies of photo sharing, but you'll plainly see the petite drain hole, the tube leading from it under the hood, and the unsealed joint adjacent. Also the gap between the windshield and cowl, and the lack of DIVERTER enjoyed by the drivers side.

On a not so humorous side note, my wife when notified of the problem, suggested we move to Arizona to remedy the problem. Also, a 30 gallon garbage bag over the air filter housing when it rains is prescribed. Sad but true.
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