Water Leaking Into a Car

Updated on January 26, 2019
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Eddie spent 35 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.

If you have water leaking into your car, you need to deal with it promptly because of the many serious problems it can cause. If water sits for too long in a car's carpet, mold can grow and cause bad smells. Other problems can include corrosion of pin connectors, computer failures, sensor failures, rust, and high humidity inside the car causing your windows to fog up.

Where Is the Water Coming From?

A wet carpet is not the only sign of water leaking in a car. If you have an idea of where the water is getting into the car, check for water marks, stains, or even signs of rust. Take a close look at connectors for corrosion and check brackets for rust spots; you will be amazed what you will find when you look for it.

I have always said, "Mechanics' best tools are not found in their toolbox, they are found in their heads." Water leaks are hard to pinpoint, but once you find exactly where the water is coming in, you can access the problem spot and repair it.

Leaks From Outside the Car

Improperly installed urethane that caused a windshield to leak water into the vehicle.
Improperly installed urethane that caused a windshield to leak water into the vehicle.
There was a water leak near the back glass, the trunk and rear seat were soaked to the point of black mold growing. We had the rear glass removed professionally and found this pinhole near the urethane.
There was a water leak near the back glass, the trunk and rear seat were soaked to the point of black mold growing. We had the rear glass removed professionally and found this pinhole near the urethane. | Source

Leaking Windshield

The number one cause of a water leak in a car is the poor installation of a windshield. If you have had a windshield replaced recently, take a look at this possibility. I'm not trying to disrespect windshield replacement companies, it's just that some companies hire people who just don't care; they will cut out the old windshield and slap in the new one without proper preparation.

If a professional replaces the windshield, it will take a minimum of an hour. It takes time to remove the moldings, cut the windshield out, trim the old urethane so the new windshield sits flat, touch up any scratches in the paint from the removal process, prime the glass with a primer, and install a nice bead of new urethane.

If your "professional" replaced the glass in just 15 minutes, his or her work might be not just the cause of a water leak but a safety issue. In the event of a car crash, you could be thrown through an improperly installed windshield and severely injured. I am good friends with a guy who owns his own windshield repair company, and I see and hear the horror stories, so I write to you from experience.

2009 Honda Fit Water Leak in Hatch Area

Leaking Body Seams

Body seams are the second major cause of water leaking in your car. Seams that weren't properly sealed at the factory, or seams that were broken open by a car accident, will usually cause the mystery water leak. Finding the point of entry is worth the struggle.

Once you find the seam that is leaking, I recommend using 3M Brushable Seam Sealer on the problem area. This is the same sealer auto makers use in the factory to seal all seams in the body of the vehicle after they are welded. One reason I like to use this seam sealer is that it skims over in about 30 minutes, so you don't have to wait a long time between water tests. Nevertheless, if you can let the car sit overnight after sealing it, the sealer will adhere to the body seams completely, and you won't have a seam open again because of the body flexing before the sealer is completely dry.

Water-Testing Your Car for Leaks From the Outside

Finding the point of entry is the first step in keeping rainwater out of your car. This investigation is time-consuming, but something you can do yourself. You need to physically see where the water is coming into the car, not just where it is traveling along a panel or a seam. To test your car, pour water on it: start at a low point and work your way up to the roof. If you determine that water is leaking into the bottom of the windshield, there is no need to go any higher with the water test until after you've fixed this first low leak.

Leaks Into the Trunk

A foul, moldy smell in the trunk may result from water getting in around the taillights or the trunk lid. If you can identify these leaks you can get them fixed.

How to Check Sunroof Drains

Leaking Sunroof: Finding Clogged or Disconnected Sunroof Drains

Location of sunroof drains in tray
Location of sunroof drains in tray
Sunroof drain in the corner of the sunroof tray
Sunroof drain in the corner of the sunroof tray
Disconnected sunroof drain
Disconnected sunroof drain
Clogged sunroof drain
Clogged sunroof drain

Subaru Legacy Sunroof Water Leak

Leaking Aftermarket Accessories

Poorly installed aftermarket accessories are another major cause of water leaking in your car. Anything from a sunroof to a roof rack system, if not installed properly with the right sealer, will cause a water leak in a car.

If you have a factory-installed sunroof, check the drains. Sunroofs leak! That's why a factory-installed sunroof has a built-in tray with four drains, one in each corner of the sunroof. Sometimes these drain tubes become disconnected or clogged and will cause water to leak into the car. Locating the drains and checking them for proper drainage can take some time because they are usually buried in fenders and body panels, but it's time well spent. A shortcut to locating the drains is to fill the sunroof tray with water and watch where it goes when it drains. It will usually spill out in the front and the rear of the rocker panels.

Evaporator drain location (on most vehicles)
Evaporator drain location (on most vehicles)

Leaks From Inside the Car

Some leaks into the passenger compartment happen when it hasn't even been raining; they involve fluids created by the car's cooling or heating systems.

Clogged Air Conditioner Drain

When air conditioners take humidity out of the air in the passenger compartment, they end up collecting a lot of water that has to drain out of the car. Water dripping out of the air conditioner drain onto the ground is totally normal; water dripping onto the floor of the car from the air conditioner is not. If you haven't had any rain, and you have water leaking onto the passenger's floor, check your air conditioner drain or evaporator drain; it may be clogged or disconnected. Debris gets sucked into the evaporator from outside and occasionally will clog the drain tube. A temporary quick fix for this problem is blowing compressed air into the drain tube located under the car, but eventually you will have to remove the evaporator and clean out the debris.

Leaking Heater Core

Another possible cause of wet carpet, especially in the front of the car, when it hasn't been raining, is a leak from the heater core. Car heaters circulate coolant through the dashboard area to heat the car, and if the heater core springs a leak, coolant can drip onto the floor.

Let's Share Information

I hope this has given you some insight on water leaks and a few ideas on where to start looking. If you have a question about water leaking in a car, leave it in the comment box below, and I will answer it ASAP.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • I have water on the passenger floor of my 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Could this be a clogged drain in the sunroof?

    More likely the drain on the evaporator is either clogged or knocked off. If that looks ok it could be a sunroof drain or a windshield gasket. Have you had your windshield replaced recently?

  • Water leaks into my car from under the glove box. How do I fix this problem?

    Water is leaking in from under your glove box because you either have an evaporator drain that is clogged, or you have some other leak. You'll need to find the point of entry by either water testing your vehicle, or try unclogging the evaporator drain by using a coat hanger or compressed air up the drain tube.

  • There is a visible waterfall from under glove box when turned left; continued to run at every turn as if sloshing out of some sort of tray or bucket? I turned floor vent on high (not a/c) and blower motor quit after 3 minutes, won't come back on in any mode?

    Sounds like your AC evaporator is full of water because it's not draining. I recommend having someone blow some compressed air up the drain tube from under the car or use a coat hanger to fish out the debris clogging the drain.

  • My 2007 Lincoln Towncar has twice had a pool of water in the back seat passenger side well. It appeared even though we had no rain two days before. The first time there had been showers, but not the day it was observed. Where could it be coming from?

    I recommend checking the AC drain in the front passengers' side foot area. If the drain is clogged, water will leak under the carpet and find its way into the back seat floor area.

  • My trunk is soaked and there is condensation on the trunk lid. Today I noticed the back passenger seat is damp and the rug on that side as well. There doesn't appear to be a problem with the stripping around any part of the car and we also washed the car and nothing leaked. Any ideas?

    It's possible the leak is from inside the trunk, have you checked the complete trunk area for standing water link in the spare tire well and under the trunk liner? Taillight lens gaskets are a very common place for water to enter the trunk, also if you have a sunroof, the rear drains usually exit the vehicle in the rear quarter panels behind the trunk wall liners.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      12 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ciara,

      I recommend you start by having someone check your AC drain, I think it may be clogged. If it hasn't rained, the water must be coming from the air conditioner. Let me know what you find.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ilene,

      I would start by checking the trunk to see if it is wet or your hatch area, which ever your car has. Water will always run towards the front of the car and most likely the problem area is in the backside of the vehicle on the driver side. Let me know what you find maybe I can help pinpoint the leak, thanks.

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      Ilene 

      2 weeks ago

      Car is damped in the back of the driver side. The back is soaked but it’s just the back of my driver side. What to do? It’s a old car and I don’t want to put to much money into it.

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      Ciara 

      2 weeks ago

      My floor is wet I’m the front and back mainly on passenger side and it hasn’t rained my car is a 2007 Lexus gs350

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi MJ,

      Are you using the air conditioning system? If so, is there water dripping out under the passenger's side floor onto the ground? If not, most likely the drain for the AC evaporator is clogged and is not draining outside the vehicle but onto the passenger's floor. Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pat,

      Has the windshield been replaced? Do you have a sunroof? Are any of the other floors wet like the passenger's side, back seat area, or hatch area?

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      Patrick Fitzgerald 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a ford escape and every time it rains there is a puddle on the driver side that pools up any ideas whats happening

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      mj 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a water leak in the front passenger side under the glove box where the front mat meets the center of the car in the floor area. I have had the sun roof checked, but there is a water drip when there has been no rain for days. (?)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gina,

      Is the water on top of the front seats and on top of the back seats? Like is the water dripping from the roof?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kimmy,

      Not usually, but you need to make sure this is all documented just in case you do run into something unusual on the future. The leak was found quick so most likely there is no damage from the water.

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      Kimmy Lewis 

      6 weeks ago

      I purchased a used 2019 Infiniti QX80 and noticed a water stain in the drivers side area near the dashboard. The dealership advised the sunroof had a cloggled train tube. They are going to fix the clogged drain tube in the sunroof and replace the carpet and the quarterpanel. My concern is will this cause any electrical damage long term?

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      Gina Myers 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a 2004 Pontiac Vibe and im having leaking somewhere. My backseat all the way across have white patches on them and my front seat too. Where would you think it was coming from . It just started a couple of weeks ago and wont stop.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindy,

      If you haven't watched my video on the Subaru sunroof leak, I highly recommend you start there. The AC drain is usually located on the firewall on the passengers side of the vehicle near where the passenger would rest their feet. I recommend cleaning the drain if the sunroof is not clogged. Let me know what you find.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bonnie,

      It possible you may have some wire damage at the connectors, but it all depends on where the water is trailing. I recommend you check the path the water travels and inspect all eletrical connectors in that area. I you can find out where the XM receiver is located you can inspect the connector there as well.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi El,

      I use 3M brushable seam sealer which you can buy on Amazon, be sure to clean the surface extremely well and use rubbing alcohol on the surface before applying the sealer. The rubbing alcohol will remove any oils or grease on the surface and the seam sealer will bond completely. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      El Harris 

      7 weeks ago

      My 1988 Chevy S10 is leaking under the dash near the heater core and corner. I pulled the carpet back and see the leak trail. I poured water onto the windshield and into the drain area.What is the best leak sealant to use inside the truck to seal the leaks

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      Bonnie Strong 

      8 weeks ago

      I recently bought a 2015 Odyssey. Just discovered that there are many holes drilled through the roof from an amateur installed and removed roof rack. Every time it rained my XM signal would go off. Dealership is trying to tell me this is not related. What other damage, including rust, mold, has occurred?

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      cindy zalewski 

      8 weeks ago

      I have a 2012 subaru outback. Just recently had funky smell and tracked to soaked carpet under drivers seat where AC vent is. recent hot/humid days in WI. I do have a sun roof which I see is a standard question. No marks/signs of water elsewhere. I dried it out hoping a window may have been slightly open.

      Wet today directly posterior to heat/cool vent. nothing else wet anywhere. Did rain last night too.

      Where to start???? Help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carlos,

      Is the trunk dry? Is the back seat cushion dry? Do you have a sunroof?

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      Carlos Martinez 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2016 Nissan Sentra i found the floor on the passenger side (behind the drive seat) the other side of the passenger seats and drive floor is dry. Is not being rained for the last 5 days what could be causing this.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Terri,

      Both front and rear floors get wet? Is the trunk wet?

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      Terri 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2002 Mazada and on the passenger side the floor get wet when it rains .Even when I have the car parked.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Doris,

      Has the windshield ever been replaced or has the car ever been in an accident on that side of the vehicle?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gatorfan,

      The water seems to be coming from the trunk and splashing forward when stopping. You're going to need to find the leak somehow, the first place to check is around the tail lights.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Martin,

      If you don't see any water draining from the bottom of your vehicle when running the AC, most likely the drain is clogged and needs to be cleaned. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sam,

      Has the windshield ever been replaced?

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      sam 

      3 months ago

      my wife 2009 EX35

      has wate on the drver side floor , she does have a sun roof, and she has not used her AC

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      Martin Palmer 

      3 months ago

      My air conditioner in my 2008 Land Rover started sending out steam in the vents. Then I later discovered that the floor on passenger side and driver side was wet.

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      GatorfanKH 

      3 months ago

      My 2009 Galant has water leaking onto rear seats, the headliner does not appear to be wet. it's also leaking on seatbelts and back of seats but not side of seats. Only happens during hard rains , not like when I go through the car wash... found wet in the trunk also this am all the way up near where back seats are. Any help would be appreciated as I am 65 and on disability so can't afford a trip to the dealer.

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      Karen 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2009 Mitsubishi Galant everytime it rains real heavy the back seats get wet not soaking wet but just wet I cannot feel any water coming in between headliner and the back window. Any ideas?

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      Doris 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2015 Chevy Malibu and the drivers side front and rear floorboards are wet. There is no sunroof in this vehicle. Appears to be clear water leaking and no smell. Any idea of what may be causing this. Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Payton,

      Youll need to pull the carpet back and start water testing. Have you checked the sunroof drains? Make sure all drains are clear by pouring water in the sunroof tray and verifying the water is draining at each of the 4 drains.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sharon,

      I recommend you start by checking the AC drain on that side of the vehicle as I explained in the article :) Let me know how you make out.

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      Sharon Davis 

      3 months ago

      I have water on my passenger side back and front floor.

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      Peyton 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2006 Toyota Highlander of which I get water on the floor of the driver, passenger, and back floors. Can’t find the problem. Had the windshield replaced and still leaking. Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Thomas,

      CAn you be more specific like where you would find these and on what type of vehicle? Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi JJoe,

      Keep in mind that most doors/trunk lids have drains on the bottom that can become clogged, so be sure they are clear of debris if they're visible. Tail light lens gaskets are very common leak areas on tailgates FYI. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tim,

      It sounds like your leak is coming from the trunk and flowing forward. I recommend you put a hose on the trunk and have someone sit inside with a flashlight, it's the only way to know where the water is entering. Make sure everything is out of the trunk so you can see the stream of water quickly.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Makayla,

      I wish I had the answer for you but the possibilities are endless. If you can find someone to help look for the leak you can follow the information I put in the article and you would most likely find the point of entry, but it may take some time and effort.

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      Makayla 

      3 months ago

      I have a volvo 2008 v50 hatchback

      And water soaks the floor behind the drivers seat on the floor. But nothing else in the vehicle is wet, my macanique said there was a hole in the sealer around the windshield and he fixed that and he said the AC hose was fine. But there is still water coming in.

      Where do u think it would be from?

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      Tim 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2002 Dodge Neon. When it rains, the carpet gets soaked on the passenger side in front and rear. Water in the trunk too. I replaced a bad seal on the trunk and pulled the carpet out to dry. Carpet is soaked again a month later. What should I check?

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      JJoe Morris 

      3 months ago

      My problem is water in the trunk lid that has accumulated after rain or washing. might be 1/2 pint or more and drains out when I lift the lid.

      Thx for any ideas.

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      Thomas 

      4 months ago

      Find and check your firewall drains

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lori,

      Most likely you have something else leaking, you first need to find out where the water is entering, front or rear. Also, check the trunk area, water will usually run forward when stopping.

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      Lori 

      4 months ago

      I have wet carpet on both driver and passenger floorboards (both front and rear). Could this be from a sunroof leak or is there some other possibility?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danielle,

      Are you sure it only happens when it rains or when you run the AC? The evaporator drain could be clogged or it's possible your sunroof drain on that side has become disconnected somehow.

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      Danielle 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2014 Nissan Sentra and the front passenger floor board gets wet when it rains. What should I check?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Let me know if you have any questions Ezzy72.

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      Ezzy72 

      4 months ago

      My floors get wet when it rains from the front to the back seat of my 2010 kia soul, i need to get this resolved, im definitely no car person but i know I have a problem- thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Teeboo12,

      I think you mean windshield gasket. You'll need to bring to a windshield replacement company, but have them water test it first to be sure you need to have it repaired.

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      teeboo12 

      5 months ago

      Hi,Eddie i have a leak and a friend tells me that its coming from my windsheild wiper were do i get a seal for it and how would i install it?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dawn,

      Yes, the most common place for water to enter on those vehicles are the tail light lenses so check both the liftgate lenses and the body lenses. Once you lift the carpet it may be possible to see where the water is entering the cargo area, then you can follow the trail of water.

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      Dawn 

      5 months ago

      2009 Honda Ody back trunk/hatch area, saturated carpet in two corners. Starting to smell. Can I lift up the carpet without damaging it, to see where/if there’s standing water in wheel well or nearby?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shawn,

      No, the thermostat is located in the engine compartment. I recommend checking the bottom part of the sunroof drains behind the food kick panels to be sure the fittings didn't become detached when clearing them with compressed air.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brigitt,

      You'll need to take a peek up over the headliner to see exactly where the water is entering because it could be coming in from either and running along the back side of the headliner.

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      Brigitt 

      5 months ago

      Hello 08' Saturn Outlook here! Is my sunroof leaking this water that runs own the passenger side near the door? I also have water splashing from inside my front window onto my dash on both sides sometimes. I had a few drips through my visor and sunroof control panel. Could my window seal be compromised too? Thanks!!

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      Shawn 

      5 months ago

      Sunroof was clogged but used an air hose and that did the trick. However, just took my truck (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee) through the car wash and still leaked just a little. Later discovered water under floor mats. Had a thermostat replaced 2 weeks ago, could there be a correlation with the new thermostat and the wet floor mats? Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Susan,

      If you have water in the dome light assembly the most likely cause would be either the top of the windshield or the sunroof if applicable.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Are you sure it's not the snow you're bringing in on your feet melting?

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      i have a leak in my jeep liberty 2005 only when it snows not when it rains i double checked its clearly only when it snowes probably beacuse it sits there a long time but its only on driver side unde 

      6 months ago

      i have a leak in my jeep liberty 2005 only when it snows not when it rains i double checked its clearly only when it snowes probably beacuse it sits there a long time but its only on driver side underneath the carpet any ideas

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      Susan Smith 

      6 months ago

      Ford focus 2013 EcoBoost. Front courtesy light failed. Water found in the roof void. Carpet passenger rear footwell and seat wet.where is the leak most likely to be. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tammy,

      Most likely the water is entering in the trunk area, I recommend checking for trails of water near the taillights first, you may need to remove some of the trunk liners on the trunk walls so you can see the point of entry. Let me know how you make out or if you have more questions.

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      Tammy G 

      6 months ago

      Hey!

      I have a kia rio 2015 and my trunk and backseat floor have a puddle of water its been raining, but i can't seem to find the leak. What should I do ?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Y Corona,

      Do you have a sunroof? Is this near the windshield?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi David,

      Yes, usually the drain will slide into a rubber boot that exits the vehicle down by the upper part of the floor panel where your foot would rest near the bottom of the "A" pillar. You'll need to remove the plastic panel and do some investigating to find the drain tube.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Deborah,

      Can you see where the water is entering through the tail light? If so you could remove the broken lens and seal it with some silicone sealer temporarily.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Katt,

      If the headliner is wet then the water is coming in from either the top of the windshield or the T-tops/sunroof??

      If there is water in the trunk, you may have more than one leak. It sounds like the car has been leaking for a long time but with this heavy rain it really opened up the floodgates. You could try some packing or duct tape at the top of the windshield, but I'm not sure that's where your leak is. Fixing these leaks may take some time taking into consideration the cars age.

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      Katt 

      7 months ago

      First let me say that I am female and only know a little about cars.. so I go to get in my 95 firebird on Wednesday morning, it's been raining fairly hard for a few days, and I notice that the drivers seat is soaked along with nearly a half inch of water in floor behind the drivers seat. Also, the entire headliner was soaked and falling. The headliner has been loose for a couple years, never wet before that I noticed, but I just pulled it tight and clipped the slack. Since it wasn't much of an issue I just left it clipped and thought no more about it. Well when my fiance got home Wednesday he looked inside and noticed that there is also standing in the trunk.. I noticed about 6 months or so ago there was starting to be a kind of funny smell in the car, I wouldn't notice the smell when I first got in but after driving it for about 20 mins, getting out of the car and then back in, I would smell sort of a slight fishy smell. I also noticed that my butt would feel slightly damp but since it had been cold I just thought it was bc of that. I should also mention that for the last year my car is only driven about once a week. Thinking back on it now my car must have been getting moisture or a little water in it before now. The worst part is, it's now Saturday, it's rained all day and night the entire week, and I have no garage or carport... However the water is getting in it's been doing so for nearly a week, soaking everything. It not supposed to stop raining till tomorrow. Any suggestions or advice would be great. I have to be able to drive this car at least once a week so I have to do something at as minimal cost as possible. Please help!

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      deborah cordell 

      7 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I cracked my tail light on my 2017 Prius and the backseat is getting wet when it rains. The truck nor the carpet are not wet. Is there something I can do about this besides replacing all the back lights?

      thank you

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      David O 

      7 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I submitted a question to you yesterday regarding a different source of a water leak. Did you receive it?

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      Y.corona 

      7 months ago

      Hi, I have a 08 Acacia. Every time it rains I’ve noticed the floor on the pasanger side is soaking wet and I narrowed down that the water is coming out of the bar in the car to where you get in, coming through the air bags. Why would this be?

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      David Ozowski 

      7 months ago

      This is a process of elimination question. I believe my leak problem is with the sunroof, but I want to know if it is possible for water to leak inside the car from the drains below the windshield?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Harriette,

      If the AC is cold and you live in a hot climate it could be a clogged drain tube. If the bottom of the AC evaporator is dry (located right above the passenger's feet) then you may have a windshield that is leaking. Does it only get wet in the rain? Is the floor soaked under the carpet? Is the back floor wet?

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      harriette clark 

      7 months ago

      I drive a 1994 Corolla and recently it has been leaking water in the passenger floor board. I also have a sky lite or whatever you call it.

      I don't open it anymore because it sticks - because or the age of the car. I don't use the ac very much - never have freon put in. I use the heat sparingly. Take a guess as to what might be the cause. I know the garage will charge a lot to look at this. Thanks for your opinion.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorna,

      I recommend checking the trunk for any water, when water enters the trunk it will flow forward when braking. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      LornaES 

      7 months ago

      2009 Nissan Altima, water in driver side carpet, also rolling to rear driver side when rain. Had my sunroof checked drains are clear. Mechanic did water test and seals and seams appear fine. Windshield hasn't been replaced. Any suggestions on what might be occurring where to check next?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Viola,

      If it has never leaked until you had the windshield replaced, I would have to say your windshield is the problem. I recommend getting a second opinion or water test it yourself. Do you see any water stains on the headliner? Windshields will only leak from the top or sides, not usually the bottom because water doesn't run uphill so I recommend checking around the windshield for any signs of water intrusion, if there are no signs, check under the dash for any signs of water running down the firewall or side kick panels.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Suerohm,

      Which floors are wet, all of them? Is the cargo area wet? Do you see any water stains on the headliner? Have you had the windshield replaced or any bodywork done to the vehicle? Have you owned this vehicle for a while?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mehmet,

      That is great news :) Thank you so much for coming back to share your story, I appreciate it very much. If you have more problems in the future with water leaking, I insist you come back here and share your issue, but I'm very confident you have solved the problem.

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      Mehmet Can 

      7 months ago

      Hi Mr. Carrara,

      As you recommend, I had a reputable glass company remounted the windshield of my car three weeks ago. They easily removed, resealed and remounted the same windshield without any damage in a one hour. Last two week, there were heavy rains that were similar previous rains when I faced water leaking problems. Fortunately, I have never faced water leaking problems since The windshield was remounted.Additionaly, I sometimes noticed moldy smell in my car. After I had the windshield of my car remounted, the moldy smell also vanished. So, I begin to believe in that my car's water leaking problem has been solved. However, if ı face the same problem again or İf I notice the problem is continuing, with your permission, I will keep sharing my experince with you.

      Thank you for your help.

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      Suerohm 

      7 months ago

      I have a 2002 RX300 during the last. During the last two winter storms which it rained heavily my floor boards have become soaked. I took it to the shop and had them blow out my sunroof tubing system whatever that is. And it stormed last night and they're soaked again. What could it be

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      Viola Henry 

      7 months ago

      Water leaking in my car

      I had a windshield changed they said it's not the windshield

      Had the air system check not that

      I took it backto the windshield place they said they checked it

      The water comes in when it rain

      The tubes are not stop up

      I check the top where the luaggage racks

      It's running down back of wall so something is not right

      Never leaked until i windshiel changed

      Thanking you in advance

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mandee,

      I'm so sorry you're homeless, I hope your situation turns around very soon. If I lived close I would help you personally.

      This is a temporary fix just to stop the water from getting in. Auto parts stores sell a very sticky metal tape for covering holes in body panels, you could try that or duct tape is another tape that will work well, especially if you buy the aluminum style made specifically for ductwork.

      Be sure to clean the painted surface of any water, dirt, or debris, the cleaner the surface the better the tape will stick and the longer it will last. Always start at the bottom with the tape and overlap the lower piece of tape all the way up so it acts like roof shingles.

      Let me know if this helps.

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      Mandee reed 

      7 months ago

      Help I have an emergency I don’t know who to turn to you’re the only one that seems to be on your rocker LOL. My partner and I are homeless living in my car and she got into an accident six months ago she had a guard post real one of those yellow ones that sticks up where you can’t park, ever since then the door wouldn’t go back on right there’s gaps water leaks and I can get the door to close by pulling it firmly but there is still that gap Water gets through. I’ve already had to throw out a lot of bedding and clothes food etc. We’ve tried using trash bags but still rain comes in we try to using vinyl but it would not it here to the door and still there was a gap that water got in anything you could let me know please please please let me know

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Herald,

      Sounds like you may have a leaking windshield, sunroof drains, or body seam. You'll need to pull back the carpet on both sides and water test the vehicle to see if you can locate the point of entry. .

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Graham,

      Good job :) I recommend removing the door sill and lower kick panel on the "A" pillar then pulling back the carpet in the corner where the drain tube is, then pour more water in the sunroof tray and see if you notice the water pooling on the floor under the carpet. Let me know what you find.

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      Graham R 

      8 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I have a 99 Honda CR-V and the carpet in the passenger footwell is constantly wet [this is the left hand side of the car as I'm in the UK]. After watching your video I believe the water is entering the car through the sunroof drain, because if I pour water down the right hand drain I can see it dripping out underneath the car as expected, but if I pour water down the left hand drain I cannot see any water dripping out underneath the car. Do you think this is likely to be a blocked drain tube or a disconnected drain tube, and what is the best way to go about fixing it?

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      Herald Caabay 

      8 months ago

      I have a honda city 2009, and my airconditioning undergone full check up and replaced parts but still water is leaking inside my passenger and drivers floor, what seems to be the problem? Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi LHarn,

      The sunroof leaks whether or not you use it, the try is what catches the water that sneaks by the gasket and then drains out by the 4 tubes in each corner. I know it's cold outside but if you have use of a garage you can easily test the sunroof drains as I show in the video, just pour a little water in the tray and watch it drain out. The tube could be disconnected or the tray may be rotted and leaking. If you test it and you don't see any leaks, the windshield may be the issue. There are only two things that can leak in that area so it either one or the other.

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      LHarn 

      8 months ago

      I have a 2008 Cadillac STS. I have never had a water leak until about 2-3 months ago. I got in my car one morning and my drivers seat was wet down the left side and into the seat, the driver's floor, and the back floor on the passenger side. It took some time but it dried and seemed to be ok. We thought it was a rubber gasket around the door that we repaired. Then this a.m. I noticed my SUN VISOR on the driver's side was soaking wet!! and the floor board again. My seat did not seem to be wet. I had my sunroof drains check and was told they were fine. I barely ever use my sunroof anyway and the weather is very cold right now (17 degrees this a.m.) However, my car had set still for a couple days and it had rained very heavily before the temperature dropped and froze. (the visor was froze to my headliner, then when it thawed as I was letting the car warm, I noticed it was soaking wet) as well as my floor!!! Also the rest of the headliner seems to be dry. HELP PLEASE???? I am a woman and do not have much help with my vehicle. Where do I start? Autobody shop??

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sue,

      If water is filling up inside your car it's possible it may have caused corrosion to a connector or two. If the water is dripping from the evaporator it could be a blocked AC drain.

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      Sue 

      8 months ago

      My Renault Megan's scenic is wet everyday.... front passenger side mainly but seat.... now it won't start and it says there is an electrical fault... could this be another AC blockage that's caused an electrical

      Problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tony,

      I recommend checking the trunk for any water as well, also check the spare tire area for water. If you have water in the trunk, it would be a good place to start looking for leaks. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Judee,

      Is the water on top of the carpet or soaked into the carpet and is pooling up?

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      Judee Livramento 

      8 months ago

      Hello,

      I have a 2011 BMW 320xi. I found water on carpet on the drivers side I do have a sun roof.

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      Tony 

      8 months ago

      I have water on the back floor of my 1998 Lincoln. What can be the problem ?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zakariye,

      That is a tough one because the front end was probably welded back on, therefore there could be open body seams or the windshield could be leaking, it's possible both sunroof drains were not connected in the front A-pillars. You'll need to find the water's point of entry to know what exactly is causing the issue.

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      Zakariye mukhtar 

      8 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I had a question on how fix my 03 honda pilot that has water leaking in on both the driver and passenger floor. The car had a giant tree fall on when the previous owner had it parked outside. The car front has been remodeled and its a great car overall, but the water leak is a pain in the winter.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      Temporarily you could use a color matching duct tape or they do sell a metal tape in the body shop section of an auto parts store. I know it won't look nice but it could stop most of the water from entering. They will most likely need to replace the gasket for the removable hard top. Let me know if this helps, Thanks.

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      Sarah 

      8 months ago

      I have a 93 2 door Bronco which Has been leaking badly in the back when it rains. It has a removable roof that was never really used and hasn’t been removed for atleas 10 years.

      I can’t tell where it is coming from but it looks like mostly seeping in under one of the side walls. It’s a struggle finding anyone to look at this for a reasonable cost because of the age of my car- I have an appointment with someone who offered a free diagnostic but they couldn’t see me for 2 weeks which leaves a lot of time for rain as I live in Portland OR with out covered parking.

      Any advice for a DIY fix in the meantime would be much appreciated! Thanks you in advance.

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