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My truck is taking on water worse than the Titanic!!!!!! S.O.S.

2001 Ford Ranger EDGE regular cab with no sliding rear and manual windows…Here is what I have done.

Replaced the back piece of glass when I first got the truck. No big deal.
It leaked at the top and I put silicone all the way around it. Then a huge downpour came and I put more silicone around it and did the third brake light. I don’t see how the water is still getting in from that way.

I replaced both window gaskets as they made terrible noise going down the road as you would expect from a 7 year old truck. I put silicone around those when I installed them and they are much better.

Now I have leak coming in from the front of the cab. It isn’t the windshield because put some gasket stuff around it. I can see it is leaking by the black vent piece that is connected to the firewall behind the glove box. I haven’t had a chance to fix it so I just have a towel stuck there to catch the little water that comes in.

Yesterday my truck had to sit outside in the 6” downpour while I was at work and sure enough the towel is soaked and the passenger floor. Why is the passenger floor soaked. The towel was able to catch all the water that came in. If I take the fender off can I access the place below the windshield wipers?

I have tried the hose and it doesn’t work. The only time it leaks is in these crazy heavy rains we have gotten in the past few months.

I guess my plan is take the floor out, the seats, all the trim, but damn this is such a pita because I know **** is going to break.

Extremely frustrated...

Sigh I’m almost ready to trade it in but ideas and pity welcomed..
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Remove the heater blower unit in the engine compartment.If there's water in there chances are , since the air is pulled in through the cowl just to the right of the passenger side wiper arm , the drain under the cowl is plugged .
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did you put a snorkel into the cowl? if not you should check the passenger kick panel, there is a drain at the bottom of the fender and when it gets clogged it rots the outside of the cab by the kick panel and floor. you prob gotta open up the drain and do some repairs to the metal that is rotted out.
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Remove the heater blower unit in the engine compartment.If there's water in there chances are , since the air is pulled in through the cowl just to the right of the passenger side wiper arm , the drain under the cowl is plugged .
How do I access the area under the cowl? Do I have to take the fender off?
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God these rangers are notorious for leaking..lol
Hey i bet your rear glass looks like azz, mine does....
I had the same problem on the rear window...sealed it up with this black window adhesive, then it cracked and looked like crap..so i scrapped it mostly off, then used silicone (bad idea), then scraped it off...now i have a pile of ****...lol
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God these rangers are notorious for leaking..lol
Hey i bet your rear glass looks like azz, mine does....
I had the same problem on the rear window...sealed it up with this black window adhesive, then it cracked and looked like crap..so i scrapped it mostly off, then used silicone (bad idea), then scraped it off...now i have a pile of ****...lol
I cleaned mine off after I pumped like two of the industrial kind into the window. It isn't leaking now but I don't want to be the one to replace it.

I went home on my lunch break and inspected the windshield gasket on the passenger’s side. If I press down on it in a few spots I can squeeze water out of it which means it needs more sealant. I still think it is somehow leaking in below the wiper on that side. I don't see an easy way to go about accessing any of that area.
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call FORD and b1tch em out for not putting the truck better 2gether..
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call FORD and b1tch em out for not putting the truck better 2gether..
While that would make me feel better it won't work in the long run.

I would take it to the dealer to get fixed but I'm sure it would be like my dad's Pontiac Vibe that keeps leaking water from the sunroof that they can’t even fix under warranty. I'm just skeptical of the so called professionals...
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take it to a glass shop and have someone pull the windshield and reseal it.
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take it to a glass shop and have someone pull the windshield and reseal it.
We are supposed to get a quite a bit of rain tomorrow night. If it still leaks after what I did today then I will be taking it someplace next weekend. I will have them put on a new seal and ford window gasket.

This whole ordeal was just a little frustrating.

I will get it fixed one way or another.
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it could be the door seals leaking, my door was bent after i wrecked my truck and i had to bend it back in at the top because it was leaking.
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I think I got it. We got hit with another huge storm last night and I parked the truck outside.

I put some more sealant into the window gasket the other day after work.

And I went out to my truck this morning and....It didn't leak!
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