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      I sealed up my leaky rear doors with this stuff - Amazon.com: 3M 08693 Auto Glass Urethane Windshield Adhesive Cartridge - 10.5 fl. oz.: Automotive

      It fits in a normal size caulk gun, just pop the cap off the bottom via the pull tap. These doors will never leak again. Finished just in time too, we are under a flood watch until tomorrow afternoon. While the door cards were off, I repaired the buckets that were falling out and re-enforced a few areas that got soft from all the water.

      Fixed the broken hose for the hood sprayers, but all the clips that held the hoses and wires broke. Also found out the nozzles were broken where they clip in as well. So i ordered all that junk plus a new fluid tank since the clamp that holds the motor was broken. Fun way to spend 145 dollars.

      Ordered a new radiator cap. Put new belts on the engine so it doesn't sound like a clunker at idle.


      It really sucks when you think "I'll do this one simple repair" and then everything around said repair breaks and you're ready to burn the car down. But then I drive it and remember why I love it so much.
       
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      I sealed up my leaky rear doors with this stuff - Amazon.com: 3M 08693 Auto Glass Urethane Windshield Adhesive Cartridge - 10.5 fl. oz.: Automotive

      It fits in a normal size caulk gun, just pop the cap off the bottom via the pull tap. These doors will never leak again. Finished just in time too, we are under a flood watch until tomorrow afternoon. While the door cards were off, I repaired the buckets that were falling out and re-enforced a few areas that got soft from all the water.

      Fixed the broken hose for the hood sprayers, but all the clips that held the hoses and wires broke. Also found out the nozzles were broken where they clip in as well. So i ordered all that junk plus a new fluid tank since the clamp that holds the motor was broken. Fun way to spend 145 dollars.

      Ordered a new radiator cap. Put new belts on the engine so it doesn't sound like a clunker at idle.


      It really sucks when you think "I'll do this one simple repair" and then everything around said repair breaks and you're ready to burn the car down. But then I drive it and remember why I love it so much.

      I'm happy to report that my carpet is still dry!


      Learned this the hard way. Folks, every now and again, check the rear floor mats and carpet underneath to make sure all is dry. Christmas Day, I get home and am taking stuff out of the backseat and floorboard, and I feel the carpet is wet. Yikes. I take the mat out and use towels to soak up as much water as I can. Figure a vapor seal must have gone out. Took it to my mechanic, and oh man it was worse than I thought. The vapor seals (on both rear doors) were perished, and water had been coming in for quite some time. I never noticed because I don't use the back seat very often, nor did I smell anything, but the damage was done. Now I'm replacing both rear door panels / vapor seals. The cardboard backing of both panels was black with mold / rot. On top of that, I have to have a car detail guy come with an extractor and suck out as much moisture as they can, from all that padding under the carpet. Grrrr... Anyways, if you haven't already done this job in your E39, just be mindful of it, and check the carpet from time to time, especially after driving it through heavy rain (which it's been doing in Atlanta non-stop since before Christmas). Mine's a 2002 model, so going on 14 years old, and the seals just recently gave out. Hopefully the rest of you E39 owners catch this before it's too late. Thank goodness Clemster had some panels for me off a similar M5. Buying those panels new, seeing how much they cost will make you want to break something.
      If you haven't already installed the panels, get that stuff from amazon I linked above and they will never leak again.
       

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