Water Leaking Into a Car

Updated on January 3, 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.

Leaks From the Inside of 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.

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

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 water in the back passenger floorboard when it rains. I have checked the seals on front and back doors. I also made sure that the windows were up all the way, and checked the trunk, but no luck. I’m stumped?

    Have you checked the front passenger carpet? When it's raining, people use there defog mode on the windshield. This uses the AC to remove moisture from inside the passenger compartment. If the AC drain (located on the front passenger floor near the firewall) is clogged, it will leak onto the front floor and flow into the back. So check the front carpet as well, and let me know what you find, thanks.

  • 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.

  • How can water get in a nonmoving car?

    Water can enter a vehicle in many areas like the windshield seal, back glass seal, door seals, body seams, tail light lens gaskets, etc... Pinpointing the point of entry is the most difficult part of diagnosing a water leak.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      33 hours 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 

      41 hours 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 

      5 days 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 

      5 days 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 

      6 days 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 

      6 days 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 days 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 days ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 days 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 

      12 days 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 

      2 weeks 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 

      2 weeks 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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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tim,

      I think your AC drain is clogged and water is entering the vehicle under the passengers side of the dash where the evaporator is located. I recommend blowing some compressed air up the drain hose located under the car near the bottom of the firewall, if you don't have compressed air use a piece of flexible wire like a coat hanger to clear the drain.

      The water is from the AC being on, every time you use defrost the ac system kick on and tries to remove the moisture in the vehicle and clears your windows but the drain is clogged.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dani,

      They must have a record of you bringing your car in for this issue. I recommend going back and telling them there is still water on the floor so you don't think the problem was completely fixed the first time.

      Do your windows fog up while you're driving? Does the heat work in your car? Is the engine temperature ok?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      Yes you can, just be sure you don't drill through anything under the cars floor panels like fuel and brake lines. If you peel back the carpet and look for any trails of water, the trails guide you to the problem area.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mehmet,

      If your sunroof is a fixed glass and you used sealer all around the seal, most likely it's the windshield gasket causing the leak. I recommend having a reputable glass company reseal the windshield and give you some type of guarantee it will not leak. Keep me posted on what you find. Thanks.

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      Mehmet Can 

      2 weeks ago

      Hello Mr Carrara,

      thank you for your help, and your prompt response to my previous question. I have 2009 Honda CRV. My car has a sunroof which is such a type which cannot be open, always fixed, only allow light to come in, but not allow to ventile.

      Have a good work.

      Thank you for you in advance.

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      Mike allen 

      3 weeks ago

      2000 jeep grand cherokee. Leaks from rain in front passenger floor board. I ve cleaned ac drain out etc. If car is off and it raind it leaks. I ve had the winfsheilf professionally replaced and it still does it. I cannot find source. Can i just drill some holes at least to drain it out until i can find the source?

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      Dani 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi I have paid money at a local garage for two jobs cost was over £350 total for parts and labour I was told I had a radiator leak and my dash light was on had sensors ect replaced light got deleted but has came back on and stayed on car drives better but still seems not fixed and the carpet is still soaked after months I'm worried has not been fixed properly I did not get a receipt as we were chatting about another problem with the car so I think maybe he just for got but how do I go about this can I walk in and demand my car be fixed or can they turn me away with having no receipt ?

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      Dani 

      3 weeks ago

      Hello my passenger side carpet was soaked I went to a garage they told me it was a radiator leak I had to pay over £200 but since the carpet is not drying I have had the windows and heater on daily and used clothes it did se like it was almost dry at one point but soaked again I think they did not fix replace it and it is still leaking he did not give me a receipt so I am worried if I go back they will say no to fixing it it checking it out again what can I do?

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      Timothy 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a 2007 VW Passat. I have lots of water on the passenger side front and back floors. This happens when it's not raining, My windows are fogging up as well. The car has plenty of coolants. I have been running the heater and it works fine and gets nice and hot. What could be causing the puddles of water? I have to soak up the puddles every day. It hasn't been raining.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      HI Mehmet,

      Welcome, I hope I can help.

      If the vehicle has a sunroof, it is possible the drains are clogged and when you have heavy rains, water spills over the the sunroof tray onto the head liner. If you vehicle does not have a sunroof, most likely it is the sealer (urethane) that holds and seals the windshield. Let me know if you have a sunroof, thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chel,

      Look under the passengers dash behind the glove box, you'll see a big black box taking up all the room under the dash. Use a flashlight to see if you notice if the seam is wet or if any part of this box is wet, if it is, you may have a clogged evaporator drain. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi David,

      When it rains, you usually use the defrost mode to defog your windshield, this turns on your AC, if your evaporator drain is clogged, condensation trapped inside the evaporator (located just behind the glove box) could leak onto the passengers floor slowly. I recommend using a thin wire or compressed air up the evaporator drain tube to see if this may be causing the leak. You'll know right away because water will come rushing out. Let me know if this works, thanks.

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      David Radile 

      3 weeks ago

      On my '92 Acura Legend, water puddles on the passenger side floorboard, under the computer. I have the computer out and carpet pilled back. I checked the sunroof drain, and then tested the sunroof seal by taping it up and still found water after it rained. I have pulled off the cowl pieces and used new fasteners to hold down the windshield seal, and then used sealant on the top edge-still getting the water on the floor. I have tried showering the area from the bottom up with a hose-no water. But after rain, there's the leak again. I cannot see any water leak signs in the area. I tried some food coloring in a pail of water, but saw nothing afterwards. What do you think of using uv dye in a pail of water, which might show a trail that I can see with a uv light?

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      Chel 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi my passenger side mats are wet. But I think it’s just water, no chemical or other odors. I also hear the sound of swishing water when I turn or break or go up/downhill. Of course the weekend before Christmas no mechanics can take me until after the holiday. Any thoughts on what this might be? The car is a salvage and the front right was totally redone. Other than this recent water issue it is in great shape.

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      Mehmet Can 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello Mr CARRARA, I am writing you from a far country from you, Turkey. I have a 2009 Model Honda CRV. I bought it in may 2018. Since then, I have faced the water leaking problems two times. First, ı faced in may 2018 when it was heavly raining. at that time, I noticed that water was dripping from the near area of front roof lamp belonging to driver. The area near the lamp about 5-6 cm2 was wet. After two months, when there was a heavy summer rain. I faced the same problem second time. As soon as it began to rain, after a few minutes, The water began to drip from the same area which is near the roof lamp belonging to driver sides. I went to a few servis, mechanics. They tested the car to find out the problem and from where the water leak. However, None of them could not detect what the problems was. then, in order to find out to problem, although I poured water and sprey water too, I didn't find out the problem. The water leaking didn't occur.The problems only occured at the times when it was heavy rain.

      I learned that former owner changed the windshild of the car in 2011. A mechanic dealing to car glass said that the problem was caused the un-appropriate windshield montage and need to remove and to montage again.

      Could you help me? What do you think about my car's problem is?

      Regards.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Natasha,

      is the roof getting wet and dripping down onto the drivers door? Is the headliner wet?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kat,

      If the passengers side front floor isn't wet but the rest are then most likely the water is entering from the left front of the vehicle possible the windshield or blocked sunroof drain? Has the car ever been in an accident?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wendy,

      Have you had a body work done on the vehicle? Have you had the windshield replaced? Is there water in the trunk area? Is the back floor the only floor that is wet or is the front floor wet, You need to feel it and maybe check under the carpet?

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      Wendy 

      5 weeks ago

      My 2006 Matrix has been leaking rain for at least a month. A repair shop thought they fixed it by cleaning the sunroof drains last week, plus pulled out the backseats and carpet and dried it out. This weekend it's still leaking inches of rainwater. When should I give up and consider the car a total loss? It has really low mileage still.

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      Kat 

      5 weeks ago

      I have Honda Civic 2006 model. When it rains hard the drivers side and back right floors are soaked with water....all seals are fine...what could this be?

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      natasha gordon 

      5 weeks ago

      jeep grand cheroke 07 leaking when it rains draining from top of jeep leaving puddles

      in my car very bad how will i know where to begin looking its from the driver side and its coming from the handle by the driver door

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      If the interior is getting soaked and the floor is filling up with water the vehicle will be a total loss if it sits for more than a month. The mold will start growing and all the electrical connection close to the floor will be compromised.

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      Michael 

      6 weeks ago

      My car got stolen and impounded its been sitting for a long time with a busted window and shattered sunroof what could happen from it sitting to long in the rain and weather

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amy,

      The best way to dry the carpet is to have it pulled up, so you really should remove the passengers seat and pull the carpet up from the metal floor pans and use a wet vac to remove the water (there will be lots of water under the carpet and insulation).

      Once the carpet is pulled up and dried with the wet vac, turn the vehicles heat on high with the AC and recirculate button on as well, the AC will draw the remaining water from the vehicle and drain it from the drain you just cleared. When the vehicle is completely dry the water will stop dripping from the AC drain hose.

      If the fan sounds different, it could have some debris in it so you may want to have the blower motor removed and cleaned. Let me know if you have more question :)

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      amy hunter 

      7 weeks ago

      I had a lot of water pooled from front passenger floor to rear passenger floor. I took it to a mechanic who unclogged the ac drain. I ran a fan on the front and back floors. Floors feel dry now. Now what do I need to do? Do I need to have the carpets pulled up and checked for mold? I believe the water backed up and started to damage the fan as it makes a funny noise on low. How much will this cost to fix? Basically my question is, everything I've read explains what causes the problem and how to fix the clog but not what needs to be done after. That's what I need to now. I truly appreciate your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daemon,

      I recommend pulling back the carpet and then water test the passengers side of the vehicle, most likely you'll see water running in near the firewall. Has the windshield been replaced?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Holly,

      Most likely it's because the car wash has a lot of pressure and your seals can't handle the pressure.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mac,

      It sounds like your heater core is leaking, the leak will be followed by a sweet smell and the inside of the windows fogging up. Let me know if this sounds about right?

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      Mac 

      7 weeks ago

      Hot Liquid leaking into drivers side floor when driving 99 Lincoln town car ?

      Leaked onto my wifes foot after driving 40 miles.

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      Holly 

      7 weeks ago

      My passenger seat floor board leaks when I go through a car wash but no other time why do you think this issue is it’s annoying I need to wash my car!

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      Daemon 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a 2001 infinity g20 have water on passenger floor after it rains. Dealt with this last year as well. Never found the problem at the shop

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nichelle,

      Has the windshield ever been replaced? Do you have a sunroof?

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      Nichelle 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a 2015 toy. corolla and the driver side (both front and back) floor is soaked in water. There are no visible leaks coming from any of the headboards or windows and everything I have been reading states that it should be the ac evaporator box leaking (but the passenger side floor, not the driver side). I'm at a loss, any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Madeline,

      Have you had the windshield replaced at anytime?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kat,

      I have never had to deal with aftermarket sunroofs, but I'm sure they know what to look for because I'm sure they have to deal with a lot of leaking roofs they have installed. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Kat L 

      8 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie -

      2009 Toyota Matrix with an aftermarket sunroof that is leaking at the seams (driver and passenger) and from above the center console. The dealership cleared sunroof drains yesterday and it's still leaking like crazy.

      I'm taking it to the shop that originally installed the sunroof. Anything specific I should ask them to look for or to watch out for?

      thank you in advance!

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      Madeline 

      8 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I am having an issue with my 2016 Chevy Malibu Premier. The car is no longer under warranty, and I noticed last week that the floor under the drivers side was soaked after a big rainstorm. Took it over to my parents and my father and I discovered all the floor mats were wet to some extent. Does not seem to be the headliner as I had issues with the sunroof drain clogging before... So maybe it has something to do with another drain under the car being clogged and the water backing up into the floor pan? There is a lot of humidity in the car now due to the leak and causing moisture on the windows inside the car after sitting for a few hours.

      Have any thoughts?

      Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Victoria,

      No cars are not suppose to leak. Have you had any body work done to the vehicle or windshield replaced? Is it possible your AC drain is clogged and the water is coming from the AC evaporator?

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      Victoria 

      8 weeks ago

      I bought a new Nissan Pathfinder in 2014 new car I have the car only for fours year and now is leaking in the passenger side.

      Are new car supposed to be leaking?

      I pay a lot of money for this car.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sue,

      Is the front carpet wet as well?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dee, There are a lot of places where water can enter a vehicle, is the water on top of the carpet or under the carpet? Do you see the water dripping in or is it just flooding the floor?

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      Dee 

      8 weeks ago

      Hi,

      I have a lot of water on passenger side of 2018 traverse.

      It is noticed when it rains.

      I had a ding in the windshield and used satellite to just glue the repair as I was in a hurry. After I noticed the wet floor I had the windshield replaced and it is still occurring.

      It happens in the summer and the winter.

      What could it be?

      I don't think it is the windshield as it was happening before I had the windshield replaced.

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      Sue ford 

      2 months ago

      I have water in on the floor in the back seat passenger side of car????

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bob,

      I think you mean the sunroof drain? I recommend looking at the sunroof tray where the drain tube connects, you may need to lower the headliner a little and take a peek with a flashlight. Let me know if you find anything.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paul,

      You could try lifting the antenna and adding some clear silicone sealer at the gasket or maybe replace the antenna/gasket with a new one, just be sure the sheet metal is not damaged and the antenna gasket sits flat and tight.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      Your vehicle should still be under manufactures warranty, so YES, bring it back to Ford and have them fix it, and be sure they fix it, also Ford should issue you a loaner car while the repair is being performed. My average time frame to repair a water leak is three days, that includes drying time or carpet replacement if there is a musty or mold smell. Hope this helps, let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dolores,

      Most likely the water is entering in the drivers foot well and streaming to the back floor. If you think it may be the windshield, try pulling back or lifting the carpet in the drivers foot well and see if you can locate any paths of water coming down the firewall from the windshield. If you can't see any trails of water, try having someone spray the windshield with water while someone sits inside the car with a flashlight watching for the floor to fill up.

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      Dolores 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2009 Toyota Camry; since February, floor behind driver's seat gets wet, most notably in upper corner near door. Had sunroof drains cleaned out by mechanic, still wet. I think the driver's carpet feels damp sometimes, but not sure coz it's not soaking wet. Did have the windshield replaced a couple of years ago, so now thinking it's that. How to confirm?

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      Lisa McGarry 

      2 months ago

      We have a 2017 Mustang Ecoboost. So far just trickle leak after a hard rain on drivers side. Only seems to be dripping around corner of dash close to door panel doinwhere in that vicinity. It's very minimal as of now. We have only had this car for a month.

      Trying to figure out the source,, and how to go about it. Also, would it be best to take to a Ford certified body repair for assistance, if we can't solve this issue?

      Any comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

      Thank you,

      Lisa McGarry

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      Bob 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2004 Sonata that has a bad drivers side leak. I have traced it to the windshield drain, but the drain seems clear of debris (at least on top). I pour water down the drain and it come out the bottom behind the tire like it should, but it also drips into the driver side front corner high up somewhere. Can't see it where it is coming in because Hyundai has a crevice there that makes it hard to see and they cover everything with some weird cardboard like panel glued to the wall. I am hoping that I don't have to pull the fender to get in there. Any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dawn,

      I would definitely look at the hatch area, it sounds lie the water is pooling up back there and flowing forward. I recommend taking a close look at the tailgate gaskets and tail light seals for any signs of water intrusion.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ray,

      You need to find where the water is entering the vehicle. The water could even be coming from the trunk and washing forward. Once you find the high spots that are wet (upper part of the carpet or trunk area) you'll need to look for trails of water (water leaves streaks of dirt and debris) in the wet areas on body panels.

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      Raymond 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2002 toyota corrolla i been having this problem leaking only from driver side to back floor only them sides i did everything windshield door proof still leaks wen rain out

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      Dawn 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2016 Dodge Durango, no sunroof. Recently after heavy rain I noticed water on the rear seats and in the rear storage area. I believe it may be from the rear hatch? Help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anita,

      If you think it's the top of the windshield try taping it off with duct tape for the time being. If you think its your sunroof drains, check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=663jF7O-jkA

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindy,

      It's possible your sunroof is not draining properly, check out my video on how to easily check if your sunroof is draining properly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=663jF7O-jkA

      Let me know how you make out and if you have more questions :)

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      Cindy 

      2 months ago

      Hi Eddie....I have a Jeep Patriot Latitude and whenever it rains/car wash, the lights above the windshield fill up with water. I believe this has impacted my BCM.

      I have had the windshield replaced, 2 times as I figured that was the issue the first time....but it is still continuing to leak water when it rains. I do also have a sunroof. .....Can you tell me what you think it is and a solution to solve the problem? Thank you! Cindy

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      Anita Enriquez 

      2 months ago

      Hi , i have a leak and I think it's coming from the top sunroof also what you were saying about the drain from the sunroof also it's leaking from the inside window on the top what can I do to stop it from leaking until I replace my windshield window. If it is the drain that's clogged what can I do for mean time.Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amber,

      There are a lot of other things that can cause water intrusion like open body seams, leaking window seals and HVAC leaks. You'll need to see exactly where the water is entering the body before you can attempt to fix it.

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      Amber 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2008 Jeep Liberty (w/ foldaway sunroof) everytime it rains (heavily or for a long period of time) my front passenger floor soaks up. The water NEVER spreads to the driver's side or to the back seat. The water appears to start in the middle of the floor away from the all the sides

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      The hose is usually run through the a pillar all the way to the inner fender so you may not see it until you look through the metal part of the cabin at the kick panel, there should be cutouts in the metal panel or look for a rubber grommet attached to the metal panel with a hose connected to it.

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      Sarah 

      3 months ago

      Hello, I have a 2006 hummer h3. Our passnger side floor gets soppy wet when it rains. I know it's the sunroof drain not working properly. I have taken off panels and I can see that the water is dripping from under the glove box but I can't seem to figure out which cord is the drain. Can you help me locate which one it is?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      Most likely because you have a leak on that side of the car. Did you check the trunk floor and spare tire well for any signs of water?

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      Mary Hess 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2005 Forf Focus Wagon. I found water underneath floor mat on drivers side back floor board. That is the only place. Why?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mayvlyn,

      I recommend checking the AC evaporator drain, it could be clogged causing the water to back up into the car.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelly,

      I recommend water testing the trunk area with someone laying in there with a flashlight. The most common areas for leaks is the back glass seal, sunroof drain in the rear quarter not connected completely, and tail lights gaskets, if these pass the water test, you may have a seam in the wheel well area that has split open, but water testing is the only way to know for sure. Let me know if you figure it out.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James,

      Water usually runs down hill not up so I suggest looking for any trailing possibly from the trunk or rear fender areas. Being a convertible, it is a good possibility it could be coming from one of the many seals as well.

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      James Johnson 

      3 months ago

      My 2011 Camaro convertible water is coming up or in some where under the carpet behind me just the one spot when it rains

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      Kelly M. 

      3 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2010 Ford Escape with a sunroof. I did the water-in-the-tray test and the water filtered out fine -- both out the front and rear side. So it's not the sunroof drains. The windshield has never been replaced.

      After a heavy rain, the carpet and rubber liner underneath in the back of the car is saturated -- the place where it's the most wet is on the right-hand side. And if I put the seat down, it's wet under that back seat on the passenger side.

      Any thoughts on how/where water is getting into the car?

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      Mayvlyn Barnett 

      3 months ago

      I have a toyota funcargo often time i see the passenger side wet even when the AC not on but not in the dry time only when rain fall and it its not raining and i turn the blower on it get wet what is possible the cause

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelly,

      An easy fix don't cost $1800, I highly recommend you bring it back and tell them to fix you issue at no cost, you are being ripped off in my opinion. I could remove a complete vehicle interior and fix the leak for under $1200 What are they proposing to do? What seal? I highly recommend getting a second opinion and get back your money from the first garage because they didn't fix your issue.

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      Kelly 

      3 months ago

      2008 Colbalt. Passenger side floor board is wet. Mechanic said Ac was leaking and easy fixed. Returned back due to water dumping on floor. Now they say a seal is busted but AC isn't the problem. Already paid 1800$ now they want 1900$ to fix the seal. But never said what the seal was. Any idea?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chengcheng,

      Either you have a leak in a roof channel or your back glass is leaking at the top of the seal. Its there an antenna on your roof?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Derrick,

      Are you sure your car isn't under warranty? It sounds to me like you may have a seam in your fender well that is leaking. When you drive through puddles water will splash up in the well and leak into the vehicle. Another area to check is the trunk. Water could enter the trunk and move into the back floor during braking and you would never even know it. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Derrick Seidenberg 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2015 Chevy Malibu. My driver rear side floor board has water pool up when I drive through rain puddles. My car can sit through a storm with no issues. Could there be a hole in the bottom frame that would cause this? If so what could I use to seal it?

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      chengcheng liu 

      3 months ago

      There is a water leak in the roof of rear passenger site of my car honda Accord 2010 after heavy rain. What's the possible reason for the leaking. There is no sunroof in my car.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kay,

      Has the windshield been replaced? Do you have a sunroof? Has the car been in an accident? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amy,

      You will never get rid of the smell once it permeates the vehicle. You'll need to find the point of entry of the leak.

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      Amy 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2002 Honda Accord and the driver side carpet is soaked wet and my car smells horrible. What can I do?

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      KayFritz 

      4 months ago

      We have Nissan Altima and we parked outside when it rained heavily. We got back to the car 2 hours later and found out there was 1-2 inches of water trapped inside the feet well - both front and back. The sides and the doors were dry. There is no possible leakage through the door as everything was dirt dry. Dirt marks were all there and not muddy. We suspect that the floor has a hole. Now that the water is drained out (by Shop Vac), wee can still see water puddle underneath the car near the front under the driver seat. What could be possible issues here? Would be thankful of you give some clues. Thanks much.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maureen,

      Do you have a sunroof? Has the windshield been replaced? Can you see water droplets under the dash anywhere?

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      Maureen 

      4 months ago

      I have a Honda CRV 2012 model. The driver side carpet is always soaked whenever it rains with the resultant consequences i.e. dampness etc. What do I do?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lindsey,

      If your car never flooded and you are certain of this, then don't let them push you around. I recommend you have them clean and dry the car completely and have them water test it to locate the leak, or just wait for the nest rain storm and then bring it back soaking wet again, demand a loaner car until they fix the leak and also make a claim with Toyota customer relations office to have this water leak documented in case of future damages because of the leak. Keep me posted :)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dale,

      I'm guessing you're talking about the sunroof tray? If so, try using some 3M brushable seam sealer on the leaking area, let it dry and then water test it again before you put it back together. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ricky,

      Is there a sunroof? Is it the original windshield? Even a new vehicle could have had a windshield replaced because of shipping damage so don't overlook the obvious.

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      Ricky 

      4 months ago

      Water next to emergency break brand new truck!! What could it be

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      Dale 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2005 dodge charger, its leaking water in the back passenger side roof. All drain lines are open and the headliner is hanging there. I sat in the car and had someone run a hose over it. Its leaking out the corner of the plastic and not going through the drainage lines. Any ideas on whats wrong and how to fix it?

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      Lindsey 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2018 toyota yaris. It rained A LOT one night, but the street I was parked on was not flooded by any means. As I was driving to work, I heard a sloshing noise that sounded like it was from underneath the car. When I got to work, I noticed that my feet were kind of wet. I looked on the floor and the driver’s side flooring was sopping wet. Later that day I was driving home and noticed when on hills that water would flow back to the driver’s side backseat floor (about 4 inches of water was suddenly on the floor of my car). It’s a leased car, so I brought it in to the dealership/service that I bought it from. They are claiming it must have been sitting in water and that’s why it flooded, but I’m very skeptical of this, and it seems they cannot give me an answer as to how the water got in. Hoping for some answers! Thanks!

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