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Hey everyone..<p>I've got a 2004.5 S40 T5 purchased in June 2004. <p>About a year ago I started hearing water sloshing around somewhere on the passenger side of the car. Carpets are all dry. Brought to the dealer twice and both times and I explained that its usually worse after a torrential downpour or after I've washed the car. I was told there are no leaks and theres no water in my car, even though you can hear it. ( I can say that there are no bad smells so I guess that is a plus).<p>Car was back in the shop today for a DMV Inspection and I asked them to look into the water issue since with all the rain this summer Ive heard the sloshing sound a LOT. I explained the whole story again and even purposely hosed the car down before dropping it off to ensure it could be heard. I told them that I rarely use the AC and/or defroster so theres no way that much water could be accumulating.<p>I just picked up the car and they tell me that they cleaned out the AC drain lines because they were a little restricted and drained some liquid out of the AC condenser, but theres no issues. The water noise is still there and the tech claimed didnt hear it when I took him for a short ride when I picked the car up.<p>I've had people in the car who have heard it and commented on it so I can't be losing my mind. Any advice or suggestions? <p>Thanks in advance.<p>Rich<p><br>
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (Rich10509)

No idea, sorry bud!
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (Rich10509)

Check each door theay have drains maybe water is building up in thear and the drain are block
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (guiedo)

Do you have a spoiler? My friend always got water buildup in his spoiler somehow... <br>Have you checked the sunroof drains?
 

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TSB #RTJ-14545?

Thanks for the responses... definitely no water bottle in the car, sunroof drains have been checked and are good, no spoiler on this guy and rear floorboards/trunk are dry as well.. I appreciate the comments.<br>Back in 2006 I did have a major leak that the dealer caught. They removed/replaced carpeting, dried out floors, and had to drill into the A-Pillar to drain water that accumulated there and then plugged the hole. <br>Will have to see if they can go back and check whether somehow the water is entering that area again...<p>Lastly, can anyone give me more information on TSB #RTJ-14545? I mentioned it to the dealer when I dropped off the car. The service advisor told me the tech looked into it and didnt find anything. They wouldnt tell me what the TSB said or whether it involved the drain hoses.<p>Thank you again..<p>Rich<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Rich10509 at 5:04 PM 8-11-2009</i>
 

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Man, that's a good one...sorry to hear it. Is it possible you have something akin to bionic hearing and you're hearing your fuel slosh in the tank? It's a stretch, esp given that they're baffled, but I can't think of anything else.
 

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Unless you have water in your frame or something i cant think of anything else that would accumulate water and not be seen. Unless like mentioned your just hearing your fuel in the tank but find that hard to beleive...
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (Rich10509)

Did you check the spare tire "well" in the trunk? That happened to my V50. The car had a dank smell to it but the carpets were dry. I finally discovered about 2" of water in the spare tire well. It turned out I needed new weather stripping around the rear hatch.... <p>Good luck.
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (v50t5black)

Good call, seen that before just not on our cars. Other alternative is to turn up the radio <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (ForceFed Motorsports)

This exact thing happened on my parent's van! What happened was that there are holes along the bottom side of the car that are used to grip it during manufacturing/move it around the plant, and they used plastic plugs to seal off these holes. But my dog sat under the van and chewed these plugs out, and in the rain, water got into these holes and accumulated on the inside of the car, creating a sloshing sound.<p>So after letting it dry for a few days and plugging back the holes, all was good!<p>But of course - I don't know if S40's have these same holes/plugs along the underside of the car - can't hurt to check!
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (v50t5black)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>v50t5black</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Did you check the spare tire "well" in the trunk? That happened to my V50. The car had a dank smell to it but the carpets were dry. I finally discovered about 2" of water in the spare tire well. It turned out I needed new weather stripping around the rear hatch.... <br>Good luck.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yup.. checked the trunk as well. All dry there, but I appreciate the feedback. The noise seems to be coming from the passenger side A pillar so I'm hoping its isolated to that area. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ForceFed Motorsports</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Other alternative is to turn up the radio </TD></TR></TABLE><p>haha.. well, that's primarily why i let the water issue drag on so long..if ya cant hear it, it doesn't bother ya. but now that i'm hearing it again I have visions of giant rust holes... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vivek9856</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> But of course - I don't know if S40's have these same holes/plugs along the underside of the car - can't hurt to check!<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I will definitely look into that. Lightly spraying a hose (not forcefully) on the roof and windsheld area to simulate rain causes the water level and sloshing noise to increase, so it seems the water is entering from the top half of the passenger side of the vehicle. But there should be dealer installed drain plugs in that area from my last water issue so will see if I can locate them<br>.<br>I'm hoping once I find out more about <B>TSB#RTJ-14545</B> it will shed some light on this mystery. <p>Car is scheduled to be inspected by the service dept at the sister dealer of my primary one next week. I explained the story and the history of the vehicle and they told me to bring it on in for them to look at..guess a second opinion never hurts.<p>Thanks again for the support.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Regards, <br>Rich
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (Rich10509)

Can't find it only unless your willing to pay $6.00 at the volvo techincal store <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="https://www.volvotechinfo.com/index.cfm?event=item.searchResults&itemClass=internal%2Cservice%2Cparts%2Cowner&itemType=&modelName=&modelYear=&searchValue=water&searchin=&startRow=21&endRow=40&page=2" TARGET="_blank">https://www.volvotechinfo.com/...age=2</A>
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (slrising)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>slrising</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Can't find it only unless your willing to pay $6.00 at the volvo techincal store <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="https://www.volvotechinfo.com/index.cfm?event=item.searchResults&itemClass=internal%2Cservice%2Cparts%2Cowner&itemType=&modelName=&modelYear=&searchValue=water&searchin=&startRow=21&endRow=40&page=2" TARGET="_blank">https://www.volvotechinfo.com/...age=2</A></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think I'm going to wait 'til next Thursday and have the dealer pull it up for me when I drop the car off. It's not something I would try and repair myself anyway; I just like to read up on the cause and resolution. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thanks again..<p>Regards,<br>Rich
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (Rich10509)

Hi all..<p>Just an update on the water issue.<p>The new Volvo dealer had a regional Volvo service tech at the shop a few weeks ago and asked me to bring the car by for his inspection. The consensus is water leaking from the windshield and getting behind the dash.. the windshield & dash need to be removed and its not covered by VIP. Then it hit me that the windshield was replaced in 2005 by Safelite due to a rock hit...<p>Well, Safelite said no problem with the replacement, but the local shop wanted to check for themselves, so I brought it to them this past weekend for testing. They found a pretty big gap at the bottom of the windshield so theyre going to pull and replace it with another OEM windshield under warranty and cover the labor costs for the dealer to pull the dash and remove the water. <p>But....in the process of testing for air leaks with an air compressor and metal nozzle, the Safelite techs put deep scratches on the defroster grille in both corners and scuffed the wiper blades by laying them on the cement floor of the shop. I called the shop but they werent apologetic and didnt offer to repair. This morning I called Safelite Executive Services and they apologized and told me that they will pay to replace the affected parts when the car is in the dealer for the main water repair...<p>So, things are moving along... albeit slowly. Just been a nightmare though..<p>Regards,<br>Rich
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (Rich10509)

Well damn...good to hear you made some headway. Safelite managed to chip some paint around the windshield while taking out the original gasket. Safelite wouldn't do anything about it. But it's good to hear you've had better luck with em.
 

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Re: Water sloshing 'round but car interior is dry (AutoFahren)

Thanks...now lets just hope they follow through. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Sorry to hear about your chipped paint issue. It amazes me how careless people can be when dealing with other people's property.<p>Regards,<p>Rich
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cicatrizdare</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">At least they're being relatively up front about replacing everything....sounds like it'll work out.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>They really have. I am impressed with the daily status updates I've been receiving from Corporate as well as the call about 30 minutes ago from the local shop apologizing and telling me that they will make sure the damage is taken care of.
 
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