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Left window down during the rain.

It's about a month now since I got my Smart. I didn't use my car this Sunday and it was raining like crazy. Going to work this morning only to find out I left my driver's side windows half way down. Seat is wet, door panel is wet and interior windows including roof is wet due to condensation. Argh! I had to put a comforter on the seat to drive it. Luckily no electronics have malfunctioned. All is well, windows, side view mirrors, door lock still work fine, even the gauge cluster. lol. Hopefully no mold would occur.

Anyone else had a similar experience? What did you do? Tips?
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My brother left his sunroof open during a storm. While all may appear fine, you should, when you get home, air everything out and use fans to dry everything. You don't want the moisture in the carpets to start mold. Make sure everything is dry and watch for the next week that nothing starts to act funny. If that is the case, then water seeped into where it shouldn't have. The TCM is under the driver's seat and hopefully the water won't creep into that box, but if you dry it out fast enough and things seem fine, you should be alright.
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I'll have to do this when I get home. I'll roll down the windows and leave a fan blowing in the car. Thanks!
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Anyone else had a similar experience? What did you do? Tips?
I jumped out of a VW Beetle one time in a huge downpour and slammed the door behind me. It was when I was working the grave shift. I came out about daylight to check on the rain and was really surprised to see my car's dome light on! Apparently the door had bounced off the seat belt or something and was wide open - and it was still pouring!
I went out and closed the door - noticed that the driver-side floor was full of water.
After my shift ended it had stopped raining. I took out a screwdriver and punched out a grommet on the floor next to the seat belt bolt and drained the floor out. Drove home, pulled the driver's seat out and trampted on some towels to help soak up the water in the carpet.
Then I put a 100w bulb in a drop light and left it in the car (in the garage) with the windows open at the top for the next 5 days. It pretty well dried out the seat and carpet - and the car was fine afterwards.

Tip - park in the garage, or don't leave the windows down!
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Leave your windows open part way for about a week, whenever it's not raining. That should help get it dried out all the way. Good Luck!
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I did not get my cabrio tail gate clicked shut twice on each side before a veritable Monsoon. The water was wicked into the foam backing of the carpet and made its' way all the way to the rt. front battery well, the low point of this car. It continued to rain for a week, so I took the carpets, seats out of the car to dry them in the house after using a wet vacuum for the longest time in the car. I simply could not get the moisture out completely. The car was brand new, and I was not going to risk having a moldy new car smell! I was successful. If you do take out the seats to remove the carpet, Disconnect the battery first for a good number of minutes to deactivate the air bag system. Reconnect all connectors under the seats before reconnecting the battery so as not to have an expensive resetting of the air bag system with a star computer. The shifter knob will also have to be removed which can be tricky unless you have seen the video on YOU Tube on how to do that. The collar rotates counter clockwise a quarter turn to release the shifter. Waterproof bandage tape by 3M sticks, is cushy and protective and easy to remove after gripping and protecting the plastic collar.
Good luck drying up. It is quite easy to inspect under the carpeting on the passenger side by pulling back the carpet as if accessing the tire inflation kit.
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off topic with a lite bulb
ive dried a "125 hp" electric motor with connecting a bulb in series with the windings.
and that was out back in the shed. actually the rear bldg, compressor area.

and dont leave a drop lite on the carpet, it will melt.
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I would suggest going to a car wash and using their high powered vacuum on all the wet spots. Then take it home and let the fans do the rest.
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Time to trade it in on a new 2011.
Of course I work at the dealership and always say "It's time to trade"?
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I went into my house with the cabrio top open once. I only expected to be away from the car for a couple minutes and it didn't seem rain was imminent.

A few minutes later I heard the sound of my alarm going off! (WTH?) It had started raining, the rain set off the alarm apparently. I closed the roof and towel dried the interior. It didn't get a thorough soaking, fortunately. The alarms saved the day!
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