I have owned a '96 Chrysler Town and Country van for 10 years. It has had one problem that has made me scratch my head on many occasions. It’s the rain trough that is located directly under the windshield. What’s supposed to happen is the rain should flow under an edge or cap at the top of the trough and bottom of the windshield. The water collects here, and is directed to flow out the left and right flexible drain hoses down by the firewall.
If you own this van, park it in a garage, because everything under the sun from seeds to pine needles goes down into this area and clogs the flexible hoses. This would be OK if there were a manual that told you to how to check the trough and clean it out. I added a piece of automotive weather stripping to shrink the gap and try to get the big stuff to stay out. It helped a little.
When the flex tubes become clogged, it gets interesting. The water overflows this trough and collects under the dashboard near the heater core –- or something that gets very hot but does not short out. Then, when you make a left turn, the water pours out of a floor vent on the passenger side and is hot enough to burn the passenger’s foot. Ask my wife. It’s not just a little bit of water, either. It’s enough to soak through the carpet and flow out a drain hole on the passenger side.
I started cleaning out the flex tubes every year, but last time, I yanked them off. Now, the water and debris pours down on my motor pulleys on one side and the brake lines on the other. But no more hot feet. Either they should have built a better rain gutter or they should have created a design that didn’t require a gutter and downspouts.
This entry was submitted by Frank M. Bretz and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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