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Cheap front drain repair: When I pulled the drain elbows off the bottom of my A pillars they were completely clogged and the rubber had deteriorated, letting water into the cabin. Rather than pay $15 each for new elbows I went to Lowe's and purchased 4 feet of clear vinyl tubing (5/16 inside diameter) and two rubber grommets part number 881256. I cut the existing drain hose and attached a length of new clear line, using the plastic tube from an old bic pen as a stint between the two hoses. I then taped the two hoses to secure them and covered them with heat shrink. I fit the grommet into the hole in the a pillar and ran the new tube trough for several inches. Test revealed no leaks. Total cost is less than $5.
 

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sunroof draining

hi all

My vehicle is the V50 reg 2006

Thanks for all the help with this problem not in the workshop manual for the vehicle. Never had a sun roof before but have had both rear foot wells flooded the dealer said he have rectified the problem but after the heavy rain this last weekend my nearside rear foot well is again flooded it appears that the "fix" was not after all a "fix" the main dealer says it needs clearing twice per year? but the solution may be a continuous tube and remove the elbow.
 

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Cheap front drain repair: When I pulled the drain elbows off the bottom of my A pillars they were completely clogged and the rubber had deteriorated, letting water into the cabin. Rather than pay $15 each for new elbows I went to Lowe's and purchased 4 feet of clear vinyl tubing (5/16 inside diameter) and two rubber grommets part number 881256. I cut the existing drain hose and attached a length of new clear line, using the plastic tube from an old bic pen as a stint between the two hoses. I then taped the two hoses to secure them and covered them with heat shrink. I fit the grommet into the hole in the a pillar and ran the new tube trough for several inches. Test revealed no leaks. Total cost is less than $5.
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How much do you suppose you paid for the Volvo-supplied drain system?
 

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Hi,
Can you please comment on what size vinyl tubing and tubing connector to purchase at Lowes. Thanks !!
I bought 3/8" ID clear vinyl tube at Lowes; fit the end of the existing tube in the new one - it is a tight fit (which is good, I would think). Wrap with electrical tape. I couldn't fit the tube with the grommet, so you should be okay without them.
 

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After ten years of Volvo ownership, I had my FIRST experience with this problem a few weeks ago.

Thanks for the great write-up, as it helped immensely.

A couple additional tips:

Removing the water: I know this will be obvious to many folks - you do not need a shopvac to remove the water. 1) If there is water on top of the carpet, bail it out. After that, use some old towels and sop up the water that is on top of the carpet. 2) Park the car on a slop, nose-end down, to promote drainage toward the front. Remove the trim around the carpet (carefully) and pull the carpet back and up, so you can get at the area under the carpet and under the foam: bail and sop up the water that is under there, until dry. 3) Take a dry towel and put it on the carpet, so it can continue to sop up water that is in the carpet; 4) You need to remove the water from the foam, which is best accomplished by placing dry towels against the foam and then putting pressure on the foam to force as much water out as you can. 5) Once you have sopped up the water from the floor and from the foam, take another dry towel and roll it, and push it under the carpet/foam that you have pulled back toward the seat. You are doing this to create some space under the carpet so that area can dry out. 6) Place a heater/blower in the front seat well, facing the area under the seat. Plug it in, crack a window, and turn on the fan/heater. Leave it on for days.

or bring the car to your local dealer who will do this for you for $600-$1000.

I had a quarter inch or so of water on top of the carpet, and plenty of water under the carpet. I took immediate action and there is no moisture in any of the foam I can get at. I went through a lot of towels this way, but I don't have a shop vac, so....(and I'm not sure how well the shopvac does to pull the water out of the foam, whereas pressure and a dry towels works great)

Primitive approach, but I am confident that I got everything nice and dry, which will minimize the odds of getting any mildew. I'll also have the carpets cleaned, and they pump in some anti-mildew chemical, they say. In the meantime, I will put a 1-pound bag of rice mixed with a box of baking soda on the carpet and let it cook in the sun for few days, until I vacuum it up. That should polish off any remaining moisture.

If I head up to the mountains, that super cold and dry air will likely evaporate any moisture right out of the foam.
 

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Did you check the subfloor? If you had that much on top, I would highly recommend pulling the amp under the passenger seat to check.
 

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Did you check the subfloor? If you had that much on top, I would highly recommend pulling the amp under the passenger seat to check.
Thanks for the heads-up. My 90 is at the shop for a check-up, now, and I'll ask them to check this. My carpet trim is not yet back in place, so easy to check.
 

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Greetings,<p>My wife and I recently purchased a CPO'd 2004 XC90 for her to drive to work. Up until the past couple weeks the vehicle has been trouble free. However, the morning after a particularly strong thunderstorm we noticed water in the drivers side footwell. A search of Swedespeed turned up several threads on the topic and the culprit seemed to be either a clogged line or elbow. <p>We called our local dealer and scheduled an appointment. Towards the end of the conversation the service advisor stated that it might not be covered under warranty and that it could "get expensive". This of course made me angry so I decided to tackle the job myself. After completing the job I decided to make a quick "how-to" as I hadn't found specific instructions on here. If this is a double post please feel free to delete.<p>Overview:<p>As water collects on the lip surrounding the sunroof it evacuates itself through two small drains, one on the front portion of the drivers side and one on the front portion of the passenger side. These drains are routed through either a-pillar via a rubber hose attached to a 90 degree elbow exiting the vehicle in the approximate location of the side view mirrors. From there it drains straight down exiting near the front mudflaps. <p>Testing procedure:<p>In order to ensure the drain was clogged I opened the sunroof and poured a small amount of water in the vicinity of the drain. The picture below shows its location.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_309_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>After pouring, the water failed to drain, indicating a clog at some point. From there I went about removing the a-pillar cover in order to check the drain line/elbow.<p>To begin you'll first want to remove the covers for the two 10mm bolts holding the grab handle to the a-pillar. There is little gap to work with and if you're not careful you'll scratch the plastic. A plastic bone tool might work but I went with a razor blade as it was all I had. I would recommend gently prying from the side. As you can see from the pic both covers are connected to the handle via a small piece of plastic.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_305_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>After both covers are off you can remove the two 10mm bolts. After removal you'll be looking at this.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_306_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Now you can pull the a-pillar cover off of the vehicle. It is held in place via three plastic clips and should pull off easily. After removal you will be able to see the rubber drain line.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_307_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Once the drain tube was in sight I could see water leaking around the base of the drain tube where it meets the 90 degree elbow pictured below.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_308_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>This piece simply pulls out and once it's free you can slide the drain tube out. The elbow by itself is pictured below.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_310_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>As you can see from the pic there was a ton of debris stuck inside the elbow.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_311_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I blew compressed air through the elbow which quickly removed the dirt and while off blew air through the drain tube to ensure it was clear(which it was). After cleaning, I reinstalled the elbow and drain tube and poured more water through the drain. At this point the water ran through easily and drained through the bottom of the vehicle in the proper location(pictured below).<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_312_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Overall this was very simple and took maybe 20 minutes start to finish for both sides. Although the passenger side wasn't leaking yet removal showed a partial clog in the elbow which could have caused problems later on down the road. I hope this helps a bit please let me know if you have any questions.<p>regards,<p>Matt<p><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by saffron98 at 8:59 PM 7-30-2008</i>
I can not find your pictures
 

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I have some pics in another thread about this.
 
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