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Rear door water buildup solved! (maybe).

So I was getting ready to drill a hole underneath the door shell , to have an extra weephole, but as I hit the awl gently with a mallet to make a small dent, water started dripping out in several places. After doing some fiddling, it seems like the lower weather strip has very thin gaps for water to drain from. The best remedy I could think of was to spray the square openings with a fine stream of water. I'm thinking that it might be as simple as excess road and rain dirt build up and may clog that narrow gap over time. It worked for me! Give it a try. Firstly, you may want to cover your rear seats and footwell to avoid overspray, though.
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So this works! We have had 2 separate days of strong rain here since I posted this, and no water in the rear door anymore. Feels good not to be carrying around dead weight in the body frame and being rid of that gross sloshing sound every time I hit the brakes at low speed.

Captain Obvious says: Possibly better to sit inside the car with the garden hose trigger and point the spray nozzle away from the car interior... duh!
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Update :

We just had 2 solid days with heavy evening rainfall. NO water buildup heard during light braking in the doors. Also door weephole strips have not been cleaned since the post was written, so this is NOT a temporary fix....thanks to those who followed this.
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As a matter of fact today

It rained like crazy today. 3 hours after the rain stopped I noticed water dripping from my car. Low and behold, the water from inside the doors was coming out. My doors used to hold water for days. I did what you did and now they empty but slowly. I might need to do it again or take the door panels off and use my compressor down there.
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