Water Leaking Into a Car

Updated on June 10, 2018
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Eddie spent 33 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.

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.

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

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.

Questions & Answers

  • 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.

  • I have water on the driver's side of my car inside the door panel. What do I need to do to get rid of the water and how do I prevent more water from collecting in the future?

    Your doors have drains in the bottom along the seam, locate the drains and clean them out so the water will drain properly. Doors are not sealed and it is normal for water to drain from them, but not puddle in them.

  • The driver and passenger floor of my 2006 Grand Caravan is very wet. Where should I look for the source, and what would be the solution?

    I would first look for the cause. Is it coming in from the rain or is the problem coming from the AC not draining? Has the windshield been replaced recently? Has the vehicle been in any major accidents?

  • I have a 2014 Nissan Versa. Because of the cold/ice weather we have had, I noticed right above the driver's door that the ceiling was wet. Now if it rains heavy it continues to be wet. What can I do to fix it?

    Call your local windshield repair shop and have them check the windshield gasket for a leak.

  • Why is it that when I go through the car wash, my passenger window on my 2006 g35 Infiniti leaks?

    You probably need a window run channel.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days 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 

      6 days 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 

      8 days 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 

      8 days 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 

      8 days 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 

      8 days 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. 

      9 days 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 

      9 days 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 

      2 weeks 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 

      2 weeks 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 

      2 weeks 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 

      2 weeks 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 

      2 weeks 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 

      2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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      Dale 

      4 weeks 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 weeks 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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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindy,

      If you water tested around the top of the windshield, I would guess that the windshield is the most likely cause. If you water tested only at the bottom of the windshield, you may have a body seam leaking because water will not usually leak at the bottom, usually only the sides and top.

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      Cindy 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2000 Ford Explorer Sport SUV. Recently, the drivers side is getting very wet on the carpet and on top of the rubber floor mat as well. We ran some water from a hose around the windshield area and found that the water leaks down the two metal bars that connect the steering column (just above where the carpeting begins, those brackets have water streaming down them.) Any ideas? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hhi Brittney,

      There are a lot of possibilities for this type of leak but if your car is brand new it should be covered under warranty, even if in the future you have an issue with the vehicle because of the water leak, the repairs will be documented and should be covered. I'm thinking the sunroof drain may not be connected at the tray? Let me know what they find, it would be great information for other readers who have similar issues, thanks.

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      Brittney 

      2 months ago

      Hello,

      I have a 2017 Nissan Rogue bought it brand new. When I went for a car wash water started dripping on to my brake and gas pedal. I am going to take it to my dealership for inspection. Is there anything you may have in mind that would cause the leakage? I dont want it to damage my electrical systems in my car or cause rust.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kevin,

      I recommend looking for water stains around the tail light lenses inside the trunk. You could also try water testing the trunk area and have a friend sit in the trunk with a flashlight to observe where the water is entering, it should be pretty easy to see if there is a lot of water.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      How D :)

      You'll need to clear the drain again, there is probably a lot of debris in the evaporator and will keep clogging until the debris is cleaned out throughly.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tinaperg,

      The mechanic probably forgot to install the evaporator drain tube and the water is leaking onto the passengers floor and not outside the car. I recommend you check the evaporator drain first, then contact them for the cost of the damage and cleanup. Let me know if the hose is missing or disconnected, thanks.

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      Tinaperg 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2012 Camry and recently, 2 months ago, had the A/C evaporator replaced where they had to pull out the dash. I now have noticed I have water in my floorboard, front and back. Not sure how long, but enough it has started to smell and I had to investigate. Thought maybe the seal on the windshield was damaged pulling out the dash, but maybe some with A/C repair? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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      2 months ago

      I see and hear water coming from my passanger side underneath my glove box ac if off so not condissation and it only happens when i turn ledt and when it rains a hose was clogged but i unclogedd it but it is still happening

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      Kevin John Smith 

      2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Honda Jazz 2002 and have found water on the carpet in the back seats and trunk (spare tire area) after the car has been left out in the rain overnight.

      Any ideas or solutions?

      Thanks for any help!

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      Rachel 

      2 months ago

      It’s a 2018 Subaru WRX and no repairs at all, no sun roof

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sherry,

      That is a very unusual place to find water in an Odyssey. Your going to need to pull back the carpet and look for signs of water trailing from the front of the vehicle. I recommend checking the passengers side first because that is where the AC evaporator is located and sometime the drains can become clogged and leaking inside the vehicle. if everything looks ok on the front passengers side, check the drivers side carpet. I say to check the front because water will usually travel from front to rear in a vehicle because of the floor pitch and movement of the vehicle. Let me know what you find and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rachel,

      What is the year make and model, does it have a sunroof, and have you had any repairs done lately like windshield replacement?

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      Rachel 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I found water in my drivers side front and back of my car after a heavy rain. There was no water on the surrounding carpet, just the floor. The back had more water buildup but my car was on a slightttt decline. I took it to the dealership and they said they didn’t find a leak but I’m not convinced. I haven’t picked my car up yet, but any ideas on where the water could be coming from? Thanks!

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      Sherry 

      3 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Honda Odyssey 2007 and I have found out that my boot carpet is wet, I checked the spare tyre boot and I have found out that there’s is a pool of water in there. The water seems to have been there for quite a long time because mould has been growing on the tyre. There has not been any other places that have been wet and my car has never had accidents before. Can you identify what the problem is?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James, sorry for the late reply, You could use a wet vacuum to suck up the water, and there's some wires that run along the floor but are pretty well protected so don't worry about that yet.

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      james 

      3 months ago

      car soaked in the back floor i dont have the rubber gormments that connect to two drain hose together im going to get them from lowes but i scared that the water will damage the wires underneath deep in the floor i dont know how to take out the seats in my volvo s40 2005

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kira,

      You can alway try, the worst that can happen is they say no. Has the windshield ever been replaced?

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      Kira 

      3 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      We have an Audi Q5 and it is no longer under warranty. If a windshield got tested for a leak issue and they find it was due to the seal, can one press further to Audi for assistance in replacement due to manufacture ‘error’ and/or defect?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Renee,

      The evaporator drain is clogged so you'll need to have someone blow compressed air up through the drain or use a coat hanger wire to unclog it.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tim,

      If there is a lot of water coming in it should be fairly easy to find the leak if you water test it.

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      Tim bill 

      3 months ago

      I have an 07 mustang convertible. Recently have been getting lots of water flooding the front passenger floorboard. Only happens after it rains, not too sure what the issue might be

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      Renee 

      3 months ago

      When I turn to the left the car starts making a funny noise through the ac if it’s on. If the ac is off, water starts leaking from under the glove compartment and onto the floor board. What do you think that is?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Justin,

      Check that evaporator drain, if it's clogged and you are using the AC, the condensation/water will find another place to drain and usually it's the seam of the evaporator onto the passenger floor.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Darcy,

      Are you using coolant in the cooling system (radiator)? If so, if the heater core was leaking you would have a sweet smell inside the car and the wet floor would feel slippery because of the antifreeze. If condensation is forming on the out side of the wind shield that means the windshield is colder then the outside temp, also keep in mind that when you use defrost the AC automatically kicks on in newer cars. Is the evaporator draining at the bottom of the vehicle when you are using the AC?

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      Darcy 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2006 chevy Silverado, leaking water on to passenger floor, carpet is soaked. I tried cleaning out the AC drainage area with compressed air, and also used suction from a wet vac in the same drainage area. Still leaking. AC is NOT on but using circulated air from blower motor, not raining. There is condensation that forms outside the windshield but no condensation inside windshield. what else can I trouble shoot before I tear apart dash to get to heater core? Anything simpler?

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      Justin 

      4 months ago

      I’m getting water in my 2012 Hyundai Accent. All on the passenger side so far and mostly behind the front seat but it’s all through the passenger side

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenny,

      I recommend having the drain on your evaporator checked, it may be clogged and is filling up with water. If it's not clogged, most likely your windshield is leaking by what you have described. Have you ever had the windshield replaced?

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      Jenny 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2004 Honda pilot. I've noticed when it rains my passenger floorboard is getting soaked. When I was driving I noticed water leaking from under the dash and when I went around a curve water pored out from the middle of dash on to driver side and on passenger side. What could this be?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Richard,

      I recommend opening your sunroof all the way and have a small bottle of water in hand. Go to the side that has the leak and pour water in the sunroof tray ( the tray is located in the sunroof track area and you can find the drains in each corner) and see if it drains properly, if the water puddles up in the corner and doesn't drain, that is your problem, but if it drains out the corner and exits the drain tube behind the front tire, the drain is working with no obstructions.

      If you think the windshield is leaking, try using a grand hose at low flow just over the windshield gasket where you notice the leak, but don't let the water near the sunroof gasket. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Richard 

      5 months ago

      I had a windshield replaced and have a sun roof on a 2012 Honda Civic. The right side now has moisture/water on the inside passenger side of the windshield when it rains. The window repair person says it is a slow draining sun roof related. My question: Could the windshield replacement have pinched or caused the backup during heavy rain resulting in inside the windshield moisture? They say their work did not cause the problem. There has never been a leak from the sun roof until now.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gwen,

      Have you had the windshield replaced recently? Do you have a sunroof? Let me know.

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      Gwen Lesperance 

      5 months ago

      I have a 2014 Ford Exployer. I noticed last week when we had a lot of rain for a couple of days that there was water in the passenger floorboard as well as the back floorboard. It was a large amount of water. What could it be?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Deb,

      Try cleaning the area around the screw with rubbing alcohol then apply a thin layer of clear silicon sealer over the screw or you could remove the screw and fill the screw hole with sealer and reinstall the screw. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Deb 

      6 months ago

      My school leases a bus van. There was a rain leak coming in through a screw hole. The screw has been tightened, but what can it be sealed with to prevent rain leaking into the bus?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jojoda,

      You'll have to locate the drain tube and either reconnect it or repair it, most likely it's disconnected at the rubber boot behind the kick panel.

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      jojoda 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2009 Mercury Mariner Premier that has a wet carpet on the drivers area. I removed the kick panel under the dash on this side and then poured water into the front left drain hole at the sun roof. Water came out behind the tire on the front left as I believe it should have, but also down where the kick panel was removed. What is the probable problem and fix?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Has the windshield ever been replaced?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi RCHuge,

      It is normal for water to be inside a door, it is not a sealed unit and there are drains at the bottom of each door so the water can exit. If water is in the speaker wires it may be from the angle the wires are at? You could try using black electrical tape to seal out any water by wrapping the wiper loom from the rubber boot to the connector, that should stop any water from getting into the loom. Let me know what you think, thanks.

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      RCHuge 

      7 months ago

      I have a 2009 Saturn Outlook and have been through the hassle of the clogged sunroof drain, emptying out on my fuse box and making my electronics go crazy. Got that fixed. Now I have water in my rear door speaker wires. If I disconnect the electrical connectors from the door, water pours out of both sides of the vehicle, wire harnesses. Even though they have rubber gaskets and seem to seal really well, water still gets in. I don't know if it's coming from the rear sunroof or if it is getting in through the window scrapers. I haven't taken the door apart and hosed it down yet. I was hoping to find someone who could give me an idea and some pointers first before I go disassembling my interior in search of leaks. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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      Elizabeth 

      7 months ago

      During a drive through car wash, some of the hot wax leaked in on the right side passenger dripping in the foot rest area. My brother steam cleaned the engine a few weeks back. The car has been through the car wash a few times since. What would cause a leak?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lynda,

      If it has a sunroof you may want to check the drains, if it does not have a sunroof, the windshield maybe your problem.

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      Lynda 

      7 months ago

      Recently my 2015 Honda Pilot has developed a link in the driver's side top of door jam. Where would I look to find the link?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Forrest,

      I recommend checking the trunk area under the trunk liner and spare tire well, the most common areas that leak are around the tail light lens gaskets. Water tends to run forward under the back seat cushions then the vehicle is braking so maybe that's why the rear seat is wet? Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      forrest 

      7 months ago

      hey, I have a 2008 chevy cobalt coupe.

      the trunk is slightly moist and the back seats are quite damp. i think its possibly the sun roof thats leaking down... but the back rest of the seats aren't wet, only the seats. it has a bit of a "dog smell" to it too.

      any ideas eddie?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Where do you live and what is wrong with your vehicle?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Debbie,

      You will need to pull back the carpet and water test the vehicle. You'll need to find the point of entry (where the water enters the vehicle) and the only way to do that is to water test the car and look for the stream of water. Hope this helps.

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      debbie shepherd 

      8 months ago

      hi. I have a Citreon C1 that is leaking when it rains on the passenger side foot well - the floor is damp in a central position but slightly nearer the door. It is not coming in through the wind screen seals as I covered all the car with plastic the other night except the windscreen and grill and the car remained dry. Take off the plastic and when it rains the car is damp. I have had an extra seal added by citreon over the existing seal at the top but the car is still leaking. They have said the existing seal is good and is making good contact all the way round. Any ideas ??

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mark,

      Check the front footwell, water runs down hill and floors are usually tilted towards the rear of the vehicle. If the front floors are dry, water could be coming in from the trunk and running forward. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Mark 

      9 months ago

      I have a peguet 403 and I'm getting water in the back footwell cannot find were its comeing from any advice Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi BDur,

      Front and rear? Has the windshield been replaced recently? Are your sunroof drains free of debris?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sioux-ann,

      I don't have a good answer for you but it doesn't seem like the first leak was ever repaired or found?

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      Sioux-ann Currey 

      9 months ago

      Hi my Audi A4 flooded on the drivers side 6 months ago no leaks from the roof had all the leaves cleaned out under window wipers dried it all out and thought it was ok we have had so much rain over Christmas and on New Year's Day when I got in my car could see water above the carpet no idea where the leak is ? Windows are all fogging up Help

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      D craig 

      10 months ago

      Water leaks onto my left shoe while driving after it rains

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Katy,

      At this point, you will have to water test the vehicle to pinpoint the point of entry, it's the only way to figure out your leak.

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      Goitsemodimo 

      10 months ago

      I have a polo 2014 tsi i am having a water leaking at the rear inner roof top on both corners please help the boot seal looks ok

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      Katy 

      10 months ago

      Hi yes I have checked them all only seems to be drivers side, no replacement windshield I'm at a loss

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Katy,

      Have you checked all other floors for water? Has the windshield been replaced?

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      Katy 

      10 months ago

      Help needed I have a soaking wet drivers side carpet in a VW polo no sign of where it's coming from. Help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cathy,

      Most likely the windshield was not replaced properly and not set on the urethane level causing an air pocket that eventually leaks. I recommend calling your insurance and asking them to help with the repair.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      Pull up the floor mats in the front foot areas and check for any moisture, if there is none, it's possible the water is coming from the trunk area, ao check there as well. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Arvin,

      Yes, it's very possible. Water test it to see if you can witness any water intrusion in that area.

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      Arvin 

      11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Is it possible that the wet comes from door moulding? we seen that the rubber was actually been removed already. Thanks

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      Mary 

      11 months ago

      I have a 2001 Plymouth Neon. The floorboards have puddles of water only in the back on both sides and no where else. Where could the leak be coming from?

      Thank You

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      Cathy 

      11 months ago

      Help...my leak is coming in the airbag on the post next to the windshield. I had a windshield replacement a few years ago. I do not have a sunroof. any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jamie,

      You can find my contact information by my photo at the top of the article on each page. If the water is coming in from behind the door panel, most likely the vapor barrier is compromised behind the door panel and needs to be sealed with new sealer, maybe a new vapor barrier as well, it's a dealer only item or you could use a thick mil garbage bag, trim to fit and seal with dumb dumb.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Donny,

      I would start by removing the plastic cowl below the windshield and see if there is a lot of debris under the cover. If there is water could be entering through the fresh air intake.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Margie,

      If the car didn't get wet in the torrential rain then most likely the AC drain is clogged. I recommend having that checked first, it's quick and easy to check, so it's a good starting point.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Juzzine,

      Do you have a sunroof or a roof rack? What is the year make and model of the vehicle?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      Most likely the leak is in the trunk and the water is finding its way forward. I recommend you water test the trunk and look around the tail lights for any seepage.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Navneet,

      Check the sunroof drains in the front two corners of the sunroof tray. If you pour a little water in the tray, it should drain, if it doesn't, your drain may be clogged.

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      donnybk 

      11 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited. After a few recent rainstorms my carpet on both the passenger side front and driver side front were wet. Took the car to the dealer and after their diagnostic they determined it was a clogged drain from the sunroof. The mechanic claimed that he also blew out the ac drain. Now a week later it rained and of course carpets are wet on both sides again. I've never had an accident or replaced the windshield glass or any glass on this vehicle. Any suggestions as to where you would look? Thanks.

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      Navneet 

      11 months ago

      I have 2012 Toyota Sienna XLE with sunroof and I am seeing wet spot near head console where you store sunglasses in car. It is not too much leak but its wait. I don't know from where water is coming as other sides inside the car are dry.

      Can you please help me in figure this out

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      hoopermike85@Gmail. com 

      11 months ago

      Having a car leaking problem 2011 Hyundi Elantra with 90000 km bought 2013 with 72000km.Leaking on driverseatheated backseat behind driver seat and also complete drunk compartment need help seats already stained .windows started freezing on the inside of car .

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