So, I bought my 2006 Miata back in March of 2013 and it’s been a really good car. Runs well and is fun to drive. At least until the rains came.
Shortly after I purchased the vehicle, we had some seriously heavy rains. I didn’t think much about it until I noticed there was standing water in the passenger compartment and a lot in the trunk.
My worst fear about owning a convertible was realized: IT LEAKS!
I grabbed a few small buckets of DampRid and threw them into the passenger side and the trunk. I also kept several towels in the vehicle just in case.
The auto warranty doesn’t cover anything on the ragtop, so I thought I was out of luck.
I started evaluating car covers and found one called the California PopTop. It works ok but it’s a bit of a pain to take on and off. When I first bought it, it wasn’t rain repellant so I also applied some outdoor patio furniture rain protection spray. That seemed to help a lot.
I dug around on the web looking for stuff about leaks and discovered that my car has drains. Inside the car. I found this tremendously well documented and helpful forum post on how to fix these drains. The author recommended using a trombone brush. I figured it was worth a shot.
I drove up to the local music shop, found it closed (it was too early), so I went and washed the car at the local hand-washing stall. This produced the puddles in the back right where the drains are. Symptom evident. Now to find the solution.
I went back to the music shop and they had the brushes, but they looked too short. They also had “low brass” brushes which looked more appropriate. The problem? At $30 a pop, it was a bit more than I wanted to swallow.
I headed to Home Depot in hopes that they would have something cheaper that would also do the trick. Over where the plumbing snakes are, I found this nifty grabber thing. It was flexible and firm enough that it could probably push through any clogs.
I found a box per the post, lodged the top open, and went to work. It took a little bit of cajoling, but I managed to push out the nasty crud that was blocking the drains on both sides of the cars.
Lesson learned: Check the drains.