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On the drivers and passengers side of the car along the edge of the windshield there is a rain gutter. Is this a functional rain gutter? I need to know if maybe mine is positioned incorrectly. When the wipers wipe if the drivers window is opened even a little bit the driver takes a bath literally. The amount of water that comes in seems like it is all of the water the wiper removed from the glass. I know there are rain guards available from both Lincoln and aftermarket and I will not purchase them because they are held on with double side tape. WeatherTech has rain guards in R&D for the MKZ that will clip into the window frame and is not held on by double side tape.

 

I have a 2010 MKS that does not have this issue and I would really prefer to not have to use rain guards on my MKZ. Just want to know what other peoples experiences are.

 

 

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6 hours ago, kgschlosser said:

On the drivers and passengers side of the car along the edge of the windshield there is a rain gutter. Is this a functional rain gutter? I need to know if maybe mine is positioned incorrectly. When the wipers wipe if the drivers window is opened even a little bit the driver takes a bath literally. The amount of water that comes in seems like it is all of the water the wiper removed from the glass. I know there are rain guards available from both Lincoln and aftermarket and I will not purchase them because they are held on with double side tape. WeatherTech has rain guards in R&D for the MKZ that will clip into the window frame and is not held on by double side tape.

 

I have a 2010 MKS that does not have this issue and I would really prefer to not have to use rain guards on my MKZ. Just want to know what other peoples experiences are.

 

 

 

Hi kg. I am not aware of a "rain gutter" on the edges of our windshield. I have not had the same issue as you with water coming in, although if raining heavily, I have my windows closed.

 

Perhaps post a photo of what you are describing as a "rain gutter"? Are you referring to the small gap between the windshield edges and the windshield pillars?

 

Good luck.

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that gap combined with the body lines on the roof just above the doors form a rain gutter that is supposed to keep water from coming into the window or into the door so you can enter and exit the vehicle without having water form the roof roll off onto you.

 

The amount of water that comes in is close to I would say a 16oz up of water... It will do it even if the car is not moving. So say for some reason you have to wait in your vehicle for a while. like picking someone up from the airport and their flight is late. Only parking is uncovered. You wait in the car.  You shut the car off and you crack the window to keep it from getting stuffy in the car while you wait. as soon as you start the car the wipers turn on and if your leg is within 2" of the door panel you get that 16 oz of water that comes right in the window all over the door, the window switches and memory seat switches take a bath and ya get soaked.

 

That is a very real scenario and is not far fetched. Next time you wash your car leave the windshield beaded up with water. turn the wipers fully off turn the car on and open the window 1". close the door  and turn the wipers on see how much water comes in the window. It only happens when the wipers wipe the windshield. I do not like air conditioning all that much (except for the a/c seats) I don't even own one for my house. If you leave the windows rolled up and it's raining and don't have the a/c on the windows will fog up. opening the drivers window 1" is not enough to get the buffeting from the air pressure when driving and it's enough to keep the car from fogging up. It is not pleasant to be getting a cup full of water thrown on ya  every time the wipers wipe the windshield.

 

Again, this does not happen on my Lincoln MKS and I am inquiring to know if there is an issue with the trim on the side of the windshield and do i need to bring it in for service to have to fixed (hour and 30 minute drive each way) or is it the way the car is designed and I have to get rain guards??? I am working from experience with my other Lincoln as that is the only thing I have to compare to. If it is how it is designed we are then back to why would they change something that worked perfect...

 

 

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1 hour ago, kgschlosser said:

that gap combined with the body lines on the roof just above the doors form a rain gutter that is supposed to keep water from coming into the window or into the door so you can enter and exit the vehicle without having water form the roof roll off onto you.

 

The amount of water that comes in is close to I would say a 16oz up of water... It will do it even if the car is not moving. So say for some reason you have to wait in your vehicle for a while. like picking someone up from the airport and their flight is late. Only parking is uncovered. You wait in the car.  You shut the car off and you crack the window to keep it from getting stuffy in the car while you wait. as soon as you start the car the wipers turn on and if your leg is within 2" of the door panel you get that 16 oz of water that comes right in the window all over the door, the window switches and memory seat switches take a bath and ya get soaked.

 

That is a very real scenario and is not far fetched. Next time you wash your car leave the windshield beaded up with water. turn the wipers fully off turn the car on and open the window 1". close the door  and turn the wipers on see how much water comes in the window. It only happens when the wipers wipe the windshield. I do not like air conditioning all that much (except for the a/c seats) I don't even own one for my house. If you leave the windows rolled up and it's raining and don't have the a/c on the windows will fog up. opening the drivers window 1" is not enough to get the buffeting from the air pressure when driving and it's enough to keep the car from fogging up. It is not pleasant to be getting a cup full of water thrown on ya  every time the wipers wipe the windshield.

 

Again, this does not happen on my Lincoln MKS and I am inquiring to know if there is an issue with the trim on the side of the windshield and do i need to bring it in for service to have to fixed (hour and 30 minute drive each way) or is it the way the car is designed and I have to get rain guards??? I am working from experience with my other Lincoln as that is the only thing I have to compare to. If it is how it is designed we are then back to why would they change something that worked perfect...

 

 

 

Hi kg. You probably should have found a late model, used MKS. No, it is not an issue that can be corrected. There is no "trim on the side of the windshield". I do not have this issue.

 

As to your go-to "why would they change something that worked perfect."? Well...just to keep things grounded in reality: They make "rain guards" for most cars for a reason. And this is the reason. It is not some sort of MKZ only issue. 

 

You want to blow off steam, so these are more the type of questions for the Lounge sub-forum. Sort of like "What is the meaning of life".

 

Other than the front end noise, they are not warranty issues.

 

Again, I will step out, since this is not helping you and not why I am here.

 

Good luck.

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bbf2530 has covered this in full, but I'll just add my .02.  There are no rain gutters on this car and there is no trim on the side of the windshield.  The front and rear glass on this car is installed with a modern method that does not use reveal moldings, as in years gone by.  It's your conclusion that this is a rain gutter.  It's just a space.

 

Yes, if you open the window in the rain, rain will come in.  That's just the way it is.  Actually, my 1997 Nissan is far worse in this regard.  It has aircraft style doors that wrap up into the roof.  Then again, I don't drive with my windows open in the rain.  These cars are designed in a wind tunnel to maximize aerodynamics.   I'm sure rain running into the passenger compartment with the windows open wasn't a primary concern of stylists.

 

Rain running off the roof onto me when I exit the car doesn't seem to be something I've noticed either.

 

How about posting a picture of the area that concerns you and someone will compare it to their car and get back to you? 

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