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Does anyone here no how water is entering the rocker panels to begin with?
Pulling out one or all the the plugs that are located on the bottom on each side of the vehicle sounds like an excellent band aid solution that works, but offers no peace of mind at all as to how the water is entering in those huge quantities to begin with.

I haven't experienced the problem yet, but in all the threads that I have read on here the last couple of years, I have not seen one definitive solution to the root cause of the problem.



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No one who might know has ever explained it.

Just remove the centre bung on each side and rest easy!
 

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Well jbbaldwin thinks he may have identified how the water is entering the rocker panels in this thread here: http://www.clubtouareg.com/forums/f43/water-leak-54532.html#post269132 , but I'm having a problem with his theory because the bottom portion of the door's dust seal, covers that entire vicinity. I also somehow doubt that everybody who has experienced this leak, was due to missing fasteners to connect that black trim piece on the side of the rocker panel, but I will not insist, perhaps this is truly what the problem really is.

Noobytoogy, removing the centre bung sounds easy, but just the idea that during our peak winter months, salty water may be passing through the interior of the rocker panels, makes me shrug in fear and disgust. It also takes the magic away of treading our Touaregs in deep water, as we have seen many in the off-road section do. I would also venture to say, that water consistently passing though the rocker panels, via an unplugged rubber grommet (centre bung), would eventually wash away the anti-rust inhibitors that the factory added through those holes to begin with. Once that anti-rust coating is gone, and with salt in the picture, it is all down hill from there. I suppose that one can argue VW has a 12 year perforation warranty, so any rust starting from the inside of the rocker panel and moving outwards creating a bubble would be covered, but I somehow doubt VW will allow the body shop to order a completely brand new complete rocker panel piece, and instead, do a "patch up job", and then send you off on your merry way until the rust spreads and comes back 2+ years later.

If anyone on here has the solution to the water ingress into the rocker panel problem, out with your secret!!!!!!!



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I had water in my rocker too. It was after I played in water and mud all day. The front plugs are check valves. It keeps the water from entering, but if there is water in there, the plug opens to let it out. My front plug were jammed open so water got in, went in the mud and sealed the hole... I just removed the plug and cleaned it. Nerve had that trouble since 18 months.

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Could it be condensate from the A/C? My condensate line was plugged causing water to actually spray out of the under-seat ducts into the rear seat foot wells getting the carpet wet. Does the heat run through the rockers like in the old Bugs? If so might that be the source of the water?

I took off the door sills in the front and it was all wet in there and shop vacked it out.
 

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Ok...I think I figured it out on the 2006 T...later ones may be similar. This one was being worked on ( replacing struts that hold rear hatch open ) and it was during a few days of rain here...the roof rail depression for roof rack lines up with the opening into body where the hatch hinge is...so if the hatch was open during rain and rear of vehicle is down...like sticking out of a garage the channel would drain into hinge opening. I know it sounds crazy, but there are no holes in roof rack depression, so no water goes there thankfully, so on this one I think it’s how water got in. Any noise from ad blue tank is minimal compared to how this sounded. Don’t think this would happen often, but did on this one. Hope this helps for some ?
 
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