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2008 Chrysler Sebring Base 4dr Sedan LX FWD

2008 Chrysler Sebring
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Midsize
21 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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September 8, 2008, 9:50 pm

Charles A
 

Question: body drain clogged

Water accumulates in body during rainfall backing up onto the rear floor area.
where are the drains and how do I open them?


October 24, 2008, 4:25 pm

Gus W
 

When you take out the rear seat you will see the drain holes in the floor. I suspect that the baffles that direct the rain water are rotted away and need to be reinstalled to keep the water from going on the floor. Check it out.


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August 25, 2009, 12:44 pm

Eric W
 

There are also drain holes on the bottom of the doors. Some of the rain that hits your windows rolls down and actually goes into the doors, but should usually flow out from the bottom of the doors. When these drain holes become clogged over time from dirt and other things and if it rains heavily, rain may start to accumulate in the doors. If that happens and if your doors haven't been opened in a while (which sometimes might let the water flow out a different way), then the water may start to overflow from within your doors and seep into your car from the bottoms of the doors. You can clear out the dirt and whatever else may be causing the clogs under the doors by just by poking around and scraping away at the holes and other rain outlets on the bottoms of the doors with a screwdriver. I don't remember exactly where they are or what they look like, but you'll easily see what I'm talking about if you lay down underneath one of your open doors. I had this same problem for a while in my 2001 Convertible and didn't realize how easy it was to fix until a mechanic pointed it out to me. Hope it helps someone.


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December 23, 2009, 11:48 am

Charles A
 

You can hear lots of water sloshing around under the rear seat. Sometimes, it flows all the way to the front on the passenger side. I have been vacuuming the water out frequently with a Little Green Machine carpet cleaner.
I recently had a mechanic drill a hole in the pan underneath the vehicle. water gushed out, but the problem remains.
Apparently, the water that runs off the convertible top and down around the rear window and rear side windows is not flowing out through the body drains.
I have both the Haynes manual and the Chilton manual for our 1998 Sebring Jx convertible, but neither has any mention of body drains. Both Haynes & Chilton told me to contact a Chrysler dealer. That is what I am trying to avoid as a dealer can very easily charge you $800 for a $25 job.


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