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Just wondered if anyone has experienced a similar problem with their Yaris.

I have the hybrid but I assume this would probably apply to all Yaris'.

I don't think the windows are sealed properly, my Yaris steams up very easily and when I lower the window the rain drops do not budge so clearly the seal isn't touching the glass. Surely this means by my not so brilliant powers of deduction that the seals are not sealing against the glass and water can run down inside the door.

Now I appreciate this isn't a massive problem, so just wondered if it's common, or whether I should consider trying to convince my local Toyota garage that it's worth looking into. It's just a little annoyance that will probably only annoy me once my warranty has run out hehe.

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On many modern cars the outer window seals don't touch the glass - go look at an old Ford Escort and you'll know why - it's door glass with be covered in vertical scratches where the seal touched the glass - in fact my wifes 2001 Honda Civic is made this way.

No car door can be made 100% waterproof - that's why there are drains at the bottom of the doors

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Oh I know there's drains and what they are for, just seems a bit odd to bother putting seals on at all if they aren't functional. Perhaps they are only used as finishers.

It is annoying having to put my window down until I get on the motorway where the wind can blow the raindrop away so i can actually see through the window.

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Yeah, even my Mk1 does this. I think it's just they way they are; Even my old Fiesta did that unless the droplets were big enough to bridge the gap between the rubber and the window!

The tendency to steam up is a slightly more annoying thing, but I generally keep it at bay with the anti-misting cloth I wipe the inside of the windows down with and some aircon abuse :)

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Yes my mark 1 is the same, so it seems nothing has changed in 2 generations. Steams up easily and when you lower the window it doesn't wipe off any rain film/misting.

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No misting problems - leave aircon on all the time

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Mine doesn't seem to steam up as easily as the 206 did - aircon on when it does and sorted really :)

Will check about the windows next time it's left out in the rain (have covered car park at home...)

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The air direction should always be pointed to fresh and the blower on at least number one, this creates an air flow in the car and will keep misting to a minimum, for days when it is very wet or damp, you could switch the A/C on, however, as soon as you stop the car, the dry air will quickly take on moisture and you will in effect end up with a very misty car

The scraper seals are not designed to stop moisture getting in the door, or to rub moisture off the glass, they are there more as a finnisher and to stop leaves and other debris getting inside the door. The old RA40 style Celica's used to have a roller covered in a type of felt which after time would score the glass, the same would happen if your scraper seal was watertight against the glass. Any sort of dirt or debis would scratch the galss, as mentioned above, that is why there are holes in the bottom of the door, to let water out

Kingo :thumbsup:

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Get a 500g bag of silica gel granules and leave that in the car. It doesn't offer a total remedy but it certainly reduces the problem considerably.

When they change colour - usually dark green- shove them in the oven for an hour at 100degC to "regenerate".

"that is why there are holes in the bottom of the door" Plus a plastic membrane behind the inner panel to stop the same water leaking into the car. :fireman:

On one car I had water dripping into the interior from the bottom of the inner door panel. After much head scratching it was found, eventually, to be running onto the window mechanism and then onto one of the lower plastic panel fixing "buttons". Obviously only when it rained. Through that and the hole in the membrane then dripping into the car! A bit of silicone sealant sorted that.

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