Water is everywhere. It is in our bodies, the air we breathe, the oceans that ...
Water is everywhere. It is in our bodies, the air we breathe, the oceans that surround us—sometimes, strangely, the door of the otherwise well-sealed luxury sedan.
A video recently posted to YouTube shows what happens when the door of the Mercedes-Benz CLS decides to serve double duty as the starboard ballast tank.
Contrary to what you may have heard, the car’s door—especially that of the $75,000 luxury four-door coupe—is definitely not supposed to have gallons of the water sloshing around inside of it at all times.
If the car is flooded out, then yes, you would expect to have water draining out from all sorts of nooks and crannies. And from the looks of it, this particular Benz simply had the nice long soak in your garden-variety rainstorm.
It is pretty surprising to watch Thing unleash the literal torrent of water when he reaches down and pulls a drain plug at the bottom of the door.
A quick note about that plug: Every vehicle features some sort of drain in the bottom of a door that allows rainwater to escape.
Your doors and windows are well-sealed, and water is an invasive, pernicious bastard, and manufacturers have to give it somewhere to go when it inevitably seeps into a panel.
Some cars have the series of small holes under the door, which themselves can get clogged with debris, and while others are equipped with removable plugs.
Even after the massive downpour, the majority of vehicles doors won’t be so thoroughly filled like this one. This mini-Niagara was formed during the Ice Age when the particularly bad seal and blocked-up drainage holes allowed water to flood a door from the inside out, the flow of which was likely aided by the vehicle’s sloping roofline.
A combination of the Mercedes’ build quality and modern door construction techniques kept it all from leaking into interior before this owner was able to pull the plug.
If you hear water sloshing around in your door and keep forgetting to clear out a drainage system, fear not—it’ll make its own hole eventually.
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