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Floor of car fills with water in rain storms.

Is there a drain somewhere in the side panels or floor panels that needs unplugging? I have removed the seats, carpets, & used shopvac to remove the water.

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Guessing your car was flooded. You should be able to see them if they are there, though not usually found in cars anymore. Doors or panels with movable windows usually have provision for water to exit at their low points.

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