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I have a 2010 Coupe and seeing as this is the first time in awhile it has rained in California, I noticed that my driver-side seat belt is wet when

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Old 03-17-2012, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2010 Coupe and seeing as this is the first time in awhile it has rained in California, I noticed that my driver-side seat belt is wet when I clip it in. It appears that water is somehow making it's way inside the panel. I checked the seals around the door and from the trunk and everything appears fine.

Anyone else see this issue?

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I live in the desert so I don't get a lot of rain. But it's still under warranty so take it in at least it's documented.
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I have a 2010 Coupe and seeing as this is the first time in awhile it has rained in California, I noticed that my driver-side seat belt is wet when I clip it in. It appears that water is somehow making it's way inside the panel. I checked the seals around the door and from the trunk and everything appears fine.

Anyone else see this issue?

Thanks.
I've had this issue before in the past but on the passenger side . Tried stripping the panels etc to see how water was getting in no luck. Brought it to dealer they couldn't find the cause also.

But it fixed on its own somehow
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Just as an update; they found out what the issue was. Apparently when I had my tint installed, the installers removed some insulation somewhere on the driver-side and did not re-install it, thus the leak.

It's been fixed and luckily the passenger-side does not have the same problem but I'm out $120.

Oh well, just glad I can get back in my car again.
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Just as an update; they found out what the issue was. Apparently when I had my tint installed, the installers removed some insulation somewhere on the driver-side and did not re-install it, thus the leak.

It's been fixed and luckily the passenger-side does not have the same problem but I'm out $120.

Oh well, just glad I can get back in my car again.
Take the bill to the tint shop and ask to be compensated!!
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Take the bill to the tint shop and ask to be compensated!!
I would be livid.
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So of a B!TCH! I've been noticing that my car had a mildew smell. I felt all around and found moister under the mat on the driver's side. I bet when I had the audio done they did some stupid sh!t like that.
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WELL WELL look what I found. When they installed the amp for the stereo they fed the power through the firewall just below the master cylinder passing it through a rubber grommet that they pried away from the firewall . A little silicone and should be problem solved.
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Thank the lord I found this - it is driving me mental - 4 month old 37k car and after its rained my driver side seat belt is SOAKED - only the bit that's in the seat belt pillar !!!
So the new car smell has been replaced by a mildew rotten smell and the car constantly steams up from the condensation !! ?

Starting to miss the BMW quality build!
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Thank the lord I found this - it is driving me mental - 4 month old 37k car and after its rained my driver side seat belt is SOAKED - only the bit that's in the seat belt pillar !!!
So the new car smell has been replaced by a mildew rotten smell and the car constantly steams up from the condensation !! ?

Starting to miss the BMW quality build!
have you had any electrical work or tinted windows done on your car?
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Both of my seat belts get wet after it rains. I read somewhere that the small back window is prone to leaking. I have an appointment at the dealer next week. Also the leather on my Recaro bucket seats is peeling away on the upper portion of the seat. 11,300 miles.
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i donno about ur leak but the side bolsters are prone to damage like that on a lot of seats. u have to get in/out of da car without putting ur weight on dat area.. otherwise u end up with those cracks.
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After 3 trips to the dealer, My Nissan dealer could not figure this out. I discovered the issue and and took it back for a 4th time. The panel that runs above the window, from the windshield to the back window, has clips holding it in place. Those clips have a rubber seal where they meet the chassis. That rubber either deteriorates or distorts to allow water underneath. That is the cause of the wet set belts. I had my Nissan dealer replace both panels AND the clips, AND reinforce the rubber barrier, and so far, no wet set belt. Picture attached.
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... The panel that runs above the window, from the windshield to the back window, has clips holding it in place. Those clips have a rubber seal where they meet the chassis. That rubber either deteriorates or distorts to allow water underneath. That is the cause of the wet set belts. ...
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