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I've had 8 months going around in circles trying resolve a leak in the passenger footwell (left hand side - UK). Tried all sorts, thinking it was air-con, windshield, drains, thinking it's solved and then more water. Absolutely sopping wet at times and at worse also a film of water over speaker grill and carpet under door soaked. I fixed broken cables yesterday that solved "ignition lock faulty", footwell was dry then, soaked today, only difference was it rained heavily in between which made me look at the sunroof drainage. Pushed a speaker cable down it, got stuck after about a metre. Poured water in the sunroof channel, a few drips came out at most. I know the the air compressor method is frowned upon for being too harsh and potentially blowing a joint but came up with this tool to do it more gently....and didn't care by that point, I would have tried anything! Got my son's ballon pump, wrapped some tape around the end so a caulk tube's nozzle could screw on. Then a few wraps of amalgamating tape around nozzle tip to make a rubber seal to make it air-tight with sun roof drain. Pumped away a number of times, heard a squelch of something shifting and it got a lot easier. Poured a jug of water in sunroof channel and it poured free out the bottom of wheel arch drain. I'll keep my fingers crossed that's the end of a smelly wet car.
Thank you for the welcome! They were telephone connections i had at hand so used for very low voltage. A crimp connector wasn't the best description to be honest, fresh twisted bare wires placed into one cavity of the connector and crushed down, more as a device to protect the connection rather than make the connection. Then that sealed in almalgamating tape. I've no mechanical background, websites like this allow me to take on braver diy tasks than usual and save a fortune. So thank you very much.
Ladies and gents, hello, had the dreaded "ignition lock faulty" warning on dash. Problem was the common water getting in from air-con (*correction - seems it was the sunroof drain) in footwell. Passenger side as I'm in the UK. All the cable loom looked fine until cutting into the fabric sleeve and found 4 groups of cables repaired. Water had got in again and started to corrode the thinner of the cables into a very delicate state. The cable that made all the difference was a very skinny single black cable. There were other bunches of (black) cables broken twisted together in bigger groups of 4 or 5 but this particular one was the thinnest of the gauges. I disconnected the battery, repaired that skinny black cable with a crimp and waterproof tape, connected the battery and the beep - beep - beep of before didn't happen. Car started, problem gone. So find that broken skinny black cable and breathe a big sigh of relief!